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Loren Saxton Coleman, Ph.D.

Loren Saxton Coleman, Ph.D. ((she/her))

  • Communication Culture & Media Studies
  • School of Communications


Dr. Loren Saxton Coleman is a Black cultural and critical scholar of media studies.  Dr. Coleman's research critically examines how Black people engage various forms of media practices, including community media, social media, television and the Black press. In some of her recent work, Dr. Coleman explores Black resistance and resilience in the D.C. Native movement and its politics of representation. She employs cultural theories to examine the intersections of structures of race, spatiality, and media practices to investigate how Black people practice both racial and spatial justice.

Her work appears in journals, such as Social Media + Society, The Black Scholar, Howard Journal of Communication, and Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. She is the co-editor of the edited volume, Media, Myth, and Millennials: Critical Perspectives on Race and Culture. Dr. Coleman earned her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Georgia. She earned her M.A. from the University of Georgia, and her B.A. from North Carolina State University.

She is a proud native Washingtonian, and currently lives in Northwest, Washington, D.C. 


Education & Expertise



Mass Communication
University of Georgia


Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Georgia


Public Relations
North Carolina State University




CCMS 700 ProSeminar

CCMS 703 Critical Methods

CCMS 755 Popular Culture

CCMS 713 Critical Discourse Analysis

Related Articles

Smith, Christin & Coleman, L. Saxton (2022). Ancestor is king: the role of Afrofuturism in Beyonce’s Black is King. Critical Studies in Media Communication, DOI:

Coleman, L. Saxton. (2021). “We’re part of this city, too”: An examination of the politics of representation of #DCNativesDay. Social Media + Society, Dialogue 2.0 Special Edition, 1-11.

Nuru, A.K., Coleman, M.J., & Coleman, L. Saxton (2018). “You just can’t trust them”: Exploring the memorable messages Costa Rican natives recall about race. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research,47(4), 310-325.

Harris, F. L. and Coleman, L. Saxton (2018). Trending Topics: A cultural analysis of Being Mary Jane and Black women’s engagement on Twitter. The Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies and Research, 48(1), 43-55.

Coleman, L. Saxton and Roushanzamir, E. Lester (2018). All is “Wells” With My Soul: Analysis of conditioned agency via The Defender’s coverage of the construction and opening of the Ida B. Wells Homes. Howard Journal of Communication, 30(1), 1-19.

Coleman, L. Saxton (2019). #DCNative: Examining community identity, representation, and resistance in Washington, D.C. In Loren Saxton Coleman and Chris Campbell (Eds.), Media, Myth, and Millennials: Critical perspectives on race and culture. Lanham, MD:

Coleman, L. Saxton (2018). Building a ‘Bridge’ between theory and practice: A case study approach to teach critical media literacy. In Jayne Cubbage (Ed.), Media Literacy in Higher Education Environments. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Coleman, L. Saxton, (2018) ‘Boy Bye’: A textual analysis of Angela Rye and the politics of representation of Black women in cable television news. In Creshema Murray (Ed.), Leadership Through the Lens: Interrogating Practice, Presentation and Power. Lanha