↑ Image caption: Exhibition design developed for 55th Anniversary of "Fill Up the Jails", Virtual MLK Project. See "Re-creating ‘A Creative Protest’."

About: Rhetorics of Race, Postcolonial Identity, and Law

My research, teaching, and engagement focuses on intersections between rhetorics of race, postcolonial identity, law, and visual culture in the U.S. and Africa, focusing on five sites of social change: (1) Civil Rights and African independence/liberation movements; (2) racial performance in popular culture; (3) health and environmental communication campaigns; (3) critical pedagogy; (4) digital literacies/ activism/advocacy.


Contact: Curriculum Vitae | Academia.edu | Virtual MLK Project 



PhD, Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, North Carolina State University (Expected: May 2016)

Certificate Program, Documentary Arts, Duke University (Expected: June 2016)

MFA, Graphic Design, East Carolina University (2012)

BA, Multidisciplinary Studies - Africana Studies concentration, North Carolina State University (2005)

Selected Research: Publications, Conferences, and Lectures

Recent Publications


Reid, G., Snead, R. L, Pettiway, K., & Simoneaux, B. (Forthcoming). Multimodal Communication in the University: Surveying Faculty Across Disciplines. Across the Disciplines.


Pettiway, K. (2015). Hip Hop Communitas: Transcendence through the Beat of the Cypher. In R. W. Davis & A. Patterson-Masuka (Eds.), Communication and Global Engagement Across Cultural Boundaries (Chapter 4). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.


Pettiway, K. (2015). Routes for Transformation: the Repertoires of Black Popular Culture. In R. W. Davis & A. Patterson-Masuka (Eds.), Communication and Global Engagement Across Cultural Boundaries (Chapter 4). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.


Pettiway, K. (2012). The New Media Programme: Computational Thinking in Graphic Design Practice and Pedagogy. Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus, 8(1).

Recent Presentations


Pettiway, K. (2015, November). Constitutive Rhetoric of Kwame Nkrumah’s Public Address in Postcolonial Visual Culture. 101st National Communication Association Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV. Visual Communication Division.


Pettiway, K. & Kiwanuka-Tondo, J. (2015, September). Born in Africa: Philly Lutaaya’s Cultural Re-Memory of HIV/AIDS in Global Context. Issues in Critical Investigation Symposium on the African Diaspora. Nashville, TN.


Pettiway, K. (2015, March). Decolonizing the Rhetoric of Blackness: Nike’s Black History Month Campaign and the Uneven Circulation of Kente. Waterhouse Family Institute Symposium on Communication, Postcoloniality, and Social Justice: Decolonizing Imagination, Villanova, PA.

Recent Lectures/Workshops


Quantitative Communication Research Methods (COM 386, Cynthia Hyman, Nov. 2015, NCSU)


Electronic Media Writing (COM 267, Emily Jones, Sep. 2014, NCSU)


Jackson, A., Mcfarlane, N., Snell, N., & Pettiway, K. (2014, March). Access Denied: Digital Jim Crow and Institutional Barriers to Open Access. Workshop. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, I.N.


Pettiway, K. (2014, June). Global Circulations of Adinkra Symbols: The Politics of Representation and Transnational Subjectivities.” USC Annenberg Summer Institute on Diversity in Media and Culture. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Selected Portfolio: Design and Rhetorical Digital Humanities

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