Catherine R. Squires is Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies Initiative (RIGS) at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Squires' work investigates the interactions between social identities, media discourses, and publics. She is the author of Dispatches from the Color Line (SUNY, 2007) and African Americans and the Media (Polity, 2009). Her most recent book, The Post-racial Mystique (NYU Press, 2014), explores how a variety of media—the news, network television, and online, independent media—debate, define and deploy the term “post-racial” in their representations of American politics and society.
Dr. Squires is also a member of the UROC Generation NEXT Fellows, a team of faculty working on practical, locally-grounded ways to address educational inequity in Minnesota. Visit UROC's website for more information.
She is also engaged in a long-term partnership with Gordon Parks High School in St. Paul, where she and teams of U of M students work with teachers and students to create publicly-oriented media that explores the history and future development of the Frogtown and Rondo neighborhoods. Visit the Minnesota Historical Society website for more information.