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Kim Singletary, Communication Studies Alumna, Wins National Communication Association’s Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

Modified: September 12, 2014

Kim Singletary won the National Communication Association’s Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award for 2014, for her 2013 NU dissertation, “Blackness Personified: Images of U.S. Blackness in Contemporary German Public Culture.” She will be recognized at the award ceremony during NCA’s 100th Annual Convention in Chicago this November. Kim’s doctoral dissertation investigates the social and political significance of representations of African Americans in contemporary German media, including popular news magazines, Web sites, museum spaces, and advertising posters. Writing as a scholar of mediated images and a thoughtful social commentator with a strong journalistic sensibility, Kim explicates the characteristics of images and texts in order to ascertain patterns in representation that help to explain German beliefs and attitudes. The NCA president describes the project as one that “clearly advances the status and reputation of our discipline.” Kim’s doctoral committee consisted of Robert Hariman, Charles Mills, David Zarefsky, and Angela G. Ray.