Professor of Communication Studies and of Afroamerican and African Studies, Robin R. Means Coleman is the author of African-American Viewers and the Black Situation Comedy: Situating Racial Humor. She is the editor of Say It Loud! African American Audiences, Media, and Identity, and co-editor of Fight the Power! The Spike Lee Reader. Professor Coleman's additional, selected publications include articles in: Television and New Media, Popular Communication, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of Popular Film and Television, African American Research Reports, and Qualitative Research Reports in Communication. Her current research focuses on the globalization of Black popular culture and how such movement works to redefine notions of a Black diaspora. Her research and commentary has been featured in a variety of media outlets. Professor Coleman is the recipient of the NCA AACCD and the Black Caucus Scholar Award for Publishing, the Teaching Excellence Award (NYU), and of the Chatham College Alumnae "Cornerstone" Award. She holds life memberships in the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the NAACP, and the Eastern Communication Association. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
"The University of Michigan is an enthusiastic supporter of interdisciplinarity. I am quite fortunate to be on the faculty of Communication Studies and of DAAS. My association with these two departments has proven to be tremendously beneficial to my research and teaching by bringing increased theoretical and methodological perspective, depth, and complexity to the issues that I explore. These departments represent the best of what transcending disciplinary boundaries is all about."