"We are, all of us, both independent entities and a reflection of each other. Regardless of racial and cultural differences we are each other’s neighbors. In the absence of openness and experience, media help to define our neighbors. When we see constructed versions of our neighbor, not only are we blind to them, we are blind to ourselves. Now, imagine a world where we see one another. We become a tapestry of stories more authentic than the images Hollywood feeds us." ~ Dr. Banjo Adesagba
A child of Nigerian immigrants, Dr. Banjo is uniquely positioned to write, speak, and educate on topics related to social identity, and social perception, and cultural difference, from an empathic viewpoint.
Dr. Banjo obtained her B.A in Social Psychology and earned her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Penn State University. Currently she is an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati.
As a researcher, she focuses on representation and audience responses to racial and cultural media. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals including Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Communication Theory, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Media and Religion, and Race and Social Problems. In addition, she has presented her research at regional, national and international conferences. Dr. Banjo Adesagba teaches courses related to media theory, identity, and race. She is also an affiliate faculty of Africana Studies, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, and Journalism.