Dr. Kamille Gentles-Peart is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Roger Williams University where she teaches in the area of international communication. She is a first-generation immigrant, born and raised in Jamaica, W.I.
Introduction to Mass Media
Mass Communication Theory & Criticism
Global Audiences, Global Consumers
Media and Identity Formation
Gendered Diasporic Communities
Her scholarship addresses how cultural identities and subjectivities inform intercultural and mediated communication practices. Her current research explores how West Indian immigrant women in the U.S. engage with mainstream U.S. media, and how it informs the construction of their identity.
“I am especially committed to equipping my students with the tools necessary to move beyond imitating the lives of their Miss Jamaicas, to critically assess dominant ideologies, and to intelligently develop their own opinions. Therefore, it is my belief that the college experience should be less about retaining information, and more about acquiring a set of non-discipline specific tools that will be valuable well beyond the gates of the university. Critical thinking, or the ability to effectively evaluate and produce well-substantiated arguments, is among the most important of these tools. It is the foundation of a democratic society, and a necessary life skill that should be cultivated and fostered in every student, regardless of the academic fields from which they hail.
Secondly, I foster self-confidence by promoting an environment of acceptance, cultivating a forum in which my students feel safe to share, debate and concede opinions, as well as to be candid about their grasp and understanding of the material. Allowing, and respectfully responding to, questions during lecture sessions, engaging with students who voice unpopular opinions rather than dismissing them in disapproval, and scheduling ample extra-class meeting times (demonstrating accessibility) are a few of the ways I nurture such self-assurance.
I am confident that this emphasis on scholarly as well as personal growth is beneficial to students who will be intellectually and psychologically equipped to go on to become socially-aware, critical producers and consumers, thus revolutionizing their industries and the world.
Re-Constructing Place and Space: Media, Power, Discourse and the Constitution of Caribbean Diasporas. C0-edited with Maurice L. Hall. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.
“Barriers to Being Heard in a Majority Institution.” Still Searching for Our Mothers’ Gardens: Experiences of New, Tenure Track Women of Color at ‘Majority’ Institutions. Edited by Marnel Niles and Nickesia Gordon. University Press of America, 2010.
“Adapting America: West Indian Women’s Cultural Adaption of the American Diasporic Space.” The Theme of Cultural Adaptation in American History, Literature, and Film: Cases When the Discourse Changed. Edited by Lawrence Raw, Tanfer Tunc and Gulriz Buken. Edwin Mellen Press, 2009.
“Transnational Television and West Indian Women’s Diasporic Identity.” Global Cultures. Edited by Frank Salamone. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.
Refereed Journal Articles
“Second-generation West Indian Women, Television and the Dialogic Self.” Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism, 2010.
“Television and Perceived Peer Expectations of Body Size Among African American Adolescent Girls.” Howard Journal of Communications, 2006.
“Caribbean Ambivalence: Nation, Transnationality, and Outsiderness.” Respondent (Invited), American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 2012.
“Cultural Citizenship and Body Image.” Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) Annual Convention, Le Gosier, Guadeloupe, May 2012.
“FiWi TV: Transnational Media and the West Indian Diaspora.” National Popular Culture Association (PCA) Annual Convention, Cambridge, MA, April 2012.
“Diaspora, Identity and Media.” Fourth Global Conference: Diasporas: Exploring Critical Issues, Oxford University, United Kingdom, July 2011.
“West Indian Women’s Identity and Negotiation of American Hegemony.” National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, November 2009.
“American Television and West Indian Women’s Negotiation of Body Politics.” Transforming Audiences 2 International Conference, University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom, September 2009.
“Barriers to Being Heard in a Major Institution.” National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, November 2008.
“Second-generation West Indian Women, Television and Diasporic Identity.” The Individual and the Mass Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, May 2008.
“’I’m A Reality TV Junky:’ Reality Television and West Indian Women’s Diasporic Identity.” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Convention, Washington D.C., August 2007.
“West Indian Women, Cultural Hybridity and Television.” International Communication Association Annual Conference, Dresden, Germany, June 2006.
“Transnational Communities and Body Image: A West Indian Case Study.” National Association for Ethnic Studies Conference, San Francisco, CA, March 2006.
“A Place to Call Home: West Indian Women, Cultural Identity, and Television.” International Cultural Studies Symposium, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, May 2005.
“West Indian Women, Self-identity, and Images of Blackness.” Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, HI, January 2005.
“Representations of African American Women During the ‘Golden Age’ of Radio.” Black Feminisms Conference, New York, NY, March 2004.
“The Peer Factor in the Relationship Between Television Content and Body Dissatisfaction in Adolescent Girls of Color.” National Communication Association Annual Conference, Miami, FL, November 2003.
“Challenges to Expanding Rooms and Unbridling Tongues.” Expanded Rooms, Unbridled Tongues: International Women’s Writing in the 21st Century Symposium, Keene State College, NH, March 2012.
“Silencing the ‘Other:’ Barriers to Participation in the Academic and Intellectual Life of Roger Williams University.” Voices From The Margins: Deconstructing The Western Gaze, Roger Williams University, November 2011.
“The Influence of Mass Media on Public Opinion and Identity in the Arab World,” Intellectual Freedom in the Middle East Colloquium, Roger Williams University, Spring 2008.
“Body Image in the West Indian Diaspora,” Gender, Globalization and Media Course, Roger Williams University, Spring 2008.