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Michael Lacy

Michael Lacy

Assistant Professor

Michael G. Lacy, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Queens College, CUNY, in Queens, New York. He received his Bachelors Degree in Communication from Utah State University and his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Rhetoric and Political Communication from the University of Texas in Austin. His areas of teaching, scholarship, and expertise are communication, race, culture, and politics.  

He is co-author (with Kent Ono, University of Utah) of Critical Rhetorics of Race, a collection of critical race studies, published by NYU Press in 2011. His book chapter (with Kathleen Haspel, Fairleigh Dickinson University) features an insightful analysis of the media coverage of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. His scholarship and research appears in the Communication Yearbook 32, The Howard Journal of Communications and the Journal of Intercultural and International Communication.  He served as principal investigator and writer for several reports published by the Education Communication of the States and online education journals, and reviewed grants for the U.S. Department of Education.  He is also co-editor (with Mary Triece, University of Akron) of Race and Hegemonic Struggle in the United States: Pop Culture, Politics, and Protest, published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (Rowman & Littlefield) in 2014. His chapter in this volume offers a reading of the popular commercial post-apocalyptic film, The Book of Eli in light of racial, religious, and economic traumas experienced in the U.S. since 9/11.

He has presented original research at several national and international conventions, and has served as chair, reviewer, and panelist for the National Communication Association (e.g., Black Caucus, and the African American Communication & Culture, Rhetoric & Communication Theory, Critical & Cultural Studies Divisions). He is also member of International Communication Association (e.g., Ethnicity and Race in Communication [ERIC] and Popular Culture Divisions). 

He has developed and taught several innovative courses, including critical race narratives, political communication, intercultural communication, social movements, film & culture, and civic participation. Professor Lacy has taught and delivered lectures at several colleges and universities, and served as a Visiting Professor at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.  He has received several teaching awards and commendations, including being listed in Who's Who among American Teachers.   


Critical Rhetorics of Race Critical Rhetorics of Race
(with Kent A. Ono)
NYU Press, 2011
Race and Hegemonic Struggle in
the United States: Pop Culture,
Politics, and Protest

Fairleigh Dickinson
University Press, 2014


Selected Publications

"Reanimating Black Frankenstein and Racial Neoliberalism in American Cinema and Changing Lanes," The Routledge Companion to Global Popular Culture (forthcoming 2015) 

"White Innocence Heroes: Recovery, Reversals, Paternalism, and David Duke," Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 3 (2010): 206-227.

"White Innocence Myths in Citizen Discourse: The Progressive Era (1974-1988)," The Howard Journal of Communications, 21 (2010): 20-39.


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