Robin Means Coleman

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Associate Professor

Office Location(s): 5435 North Quad
Phone: 734.615.7410
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  • Fields of Study
    • Race and the Media
    • Black Popular Culture
    • Audience Ethnography
  • About

    Robin R. Means Coleman is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. She holds a joint appointment with the Department for AfroAmerican and African Studies. Prof. Coleman is the author of Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present (2011, Routledge) and African-American Viewers and the Black Situation Comedy: Situating Racial Humor (2000, Routledge). She is the editor of Say It Loud! African American Audiences, Media, and Identity (2002, Routledge) and co-editor of Fight the Power! The Spike Lee Reader (2008, Peter Lang). She is also the author of a number of other academic and popular publications. Her research and commentary has been featured in a variety of international and national media outlets. Her current research focuses on the NAACP’s participation in media activism.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Bowling Green State University