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Frances Gateward, PHD (she/her)

Professor and Chair

  • Communication Culture & Media Studies
  • School of Communications


Frances K. Gateward is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies. A member of Phi Beta Delta, she serves on the board of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Her scholarship focuses on racialized and marginalized communities and entertainment media, with an emphasis on issues of gender.  Areas of interest include feminist media theory, speculative fiction genres, African American Cultural Expression, and Korean pop culture.  She has extensive teaching and administrative experience across a range of academic institutions, including major research universities, liberal arts colleges, and state teaching institutions.  She serves on the advisory/editorial boards of  Quarterly Review of Film and Video, East Asian Journal of Popular Culture, iNKS, the Wayne State Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media series, Ohio State's New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Speculative, and Rosarium Publishing's graphic novel imprint Megascope. Publications include  the Eisner-award winning The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art (Rutgers University Press),  Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: Cinemas of Girlhood (Wayne State University Press),  and Seoul Searching:  Culture and Identity in Contemporary South Korean Cinema (SUNY). Current Research projects in progress: The BTS Critical Reader (Duke University Press) and The Blacker the Ink vol. 2 (Rutgers University Press).

Education & Expertise



University of Maryland College Park


Communication Arts and Theater
University of Maryland College Park


Temple University


Cinema Studies, Feminist Media Theory, Comics Studies