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Dr. Brandale Mills is currently Assistant Professor at Norfolk State University (Norfolk, VA) in the Mass Communications and Journalism department. In this role, she teaches Film Criticism, Media and Society and Communications research methods and serves as the faculty advisor for the Spartan Echo, the student operated campus newspaper. Formerly, she was the program’s Interim Graduate Program Coordinator, where she assisted with developing new course offerings and initiated new curriculum development.

Dr. Mills’ research examines trends in the media as it relates to communities of color and Black female representation in the media, specifically examining Black female relationship portrayals in the media. Dr. Mills is currently completing her book project under contract with Routledge Press titled, “Black Women Filmmakers and Black Love on Screen,” which offers a definition of Black Love and an analysis of how it is portrayed from the perspective of a Black female filmmaker. She also co-authored a book chapter titled, “How Minorities Use Social Media During Weather Related Crises: Results of a U.S. National Weather Survey,” in Social Media: Culture and Identity, with several other manuscripts currently under revision.

In May 2017, Dr. Mills completed her doctorate degree at Howard University (Washington, DC) in the Communication, Culture & Media Studies program. Dr. Mills has presented her research at international and national conferences, with her scholarship including issues related to feminism, Black Love, social media, racial politics, film, female representations in the mass media and popular culture.

Dr. Mills earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism from the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, New Mexico) and her Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University (Washington, DC).

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