Catherine R Squires

Catherine R. Squires is Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies Initiative (RIGS) at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Squires' work investigates the interactions between social identities, media discourses, and publics. She is the author of Dispatches from the Color Line (SUNY, 2007) and African Americans and the Media (Polity, 2009). Her most recent book, The Post-racial Mystique (NYU Press, 2014), explores how a variety of media—the news, network television, and online, independent media—debate, define and deploy the term “post-racial” in their representations of American politics and society.

Dr. Squires is also a member of the UROC Generation NEXT Fellows, a team of faculty working on practical, locally-grounded ways to address educational inequity in Minnesota. Visit UROC's website for more information.

She is also engaged in a long-term partnership with Gordon Parks High School in St. Paul, where she and teams of U of M students work with teachers and students to create publicly-oriented media that explores the history and future development of the Frogtown and Rondo neighborhoods. Visit the Minnesota Historical Society website for more information.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Communication Studies, Northwestern University, 1999.
  • B.A.: Politics, Occidental College, Los Angeles, 1994.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Media, race and politics
  • Gender and media studies
  • Public sphere studies
  • Community-engaged research
  • Educational Inequality
Research & Professional Activities


  • UROC Generation NEXT Fellows: Partnership with UROC and Generation NEXT, January 2015 - present
  • IAS Collaborative : Well-being in the Midwest African Diaspora, Fall 2015 - present


  • Transitions-University Avenue: Youth digital media project with Gordon Parks High School and Minnesota Historical Society, ongoing - ongoing
  • The Post-racial Mystique: Media and Race in the 21st Century. Squires, Catherine, NYU Press, Author, 2014. Link
  • Dangerous Discourses: Feminism, Gun Violence & Civic Life. Squires, Catherine, Peter Lang, Editor, 2016. Link
  • Reducing Race: News Themes in the 2008 Primaries: Squires, Catherine, Sarah J. Jackson, International Journal of Press/Politics, 15 , 2010. Link
  • The Obama Effect. Squires, Catherine, Heather Harris, Kimberly Moffitt, SUNY Press, Co-Editor. Link
  • Squires, Catherine R (2009). African Americans and the Media. Polity Press. Link
  • What is this "post" in post-racial, post-feminism... (fill in the blank)?: Squires, Catherine, Journal of Communication Inquiry, 34 210-253, 2010. Link
  • Squires, Catherine R (2007). Dispatches from the Color Line: The Press and Multiracial America. SUNY Press. Link
  • Squires, Catherine R (2007). Popular Sentiments and Black Women’s Studies: The Scholarly and Experiential Divide. Black Women, Gender and Families, 1, 74-93.
  • Bush Foundation Fellowship, June 2017 - 2019