Catherine R Squires

Catherine R. Squires is Professor of Communication Studies 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 a member of the Historical Injustice Collaborative at the IAS, working on ways to reconsider Minnesota historical narratives and engender resilient partnerships with communities that have historically been excluded from dominant tellings of the Minnesota story. See for more information about upcoming events and opportunities to engage with the collaborative. She is also engaged in a long-term partnerships with Gordon Parks High School and Hallie Q. Brown Center in St. Paul. Dr. Squires and U of M students collaborate with community members and high school students to deepen their knowledge about the school's and center's namesakes, local African American history, and foster publicly-oriented creative projects.

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