Dr. Cheryl Johnson, ODEI Executive Director
Dr. Ramona Bell, Associate Director, Fall 2017
Ramona is the Associate Director for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Fall 2017. She is also a Professor in the Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, specializing in Africana Diasporic Studies and Ethnicity in Popular Culture. Ramona’s teaching experience and research interests include Black feminist theories, Africana Diasporic Literature, Black representation and identity formation, and Black popular cultures. Her book manuscript, Sporting Divas: Black Female Athletes from 1960 to the Present, on which she’s currently working, interrogates the cultural messages that are signified by the representations of women athletes in the African Diaspora. She focuses on the bodies of Black women athletes as sites where the complexities of gender, race, nation and sexuality are inscribed and contested. Individual chapters focus on athletes of various geographical locations: The United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and South Africa. Her publications, “Narrating Nation: Exploring the Space of Americaness and the Place of African American Women Through the Works of June Jordan,” and “Droppin’ It Like It’s Hot: The Sporting Body of Serena Williams,” examine how the intersection of race, gender, class, nation, and sexuality frames the black female subject and how Black women constantly negotiate and navigate these discursive boundaries to make rightful claims to society’s resources.