Tarshia Stanley, Ph.D. is the Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences at St. Catherine University.
Stanley came to St. Kate’s in 2018 after nearly two decades at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She most recently served as the Director of E.W. Githii Honors Program and Associate Professor of English. During her time at Spelman, she served as the chair of the English Department and was the faculty lead in implementing the college-wide revision of student advising. Her area of focus is film and media studies, with an emphasis on images of women as depicted in all forms of media, particularly images of women of African descent.
During her time at Spelman, she also developed a variety of new academic programs and courses, including the creation of a Film and Visual Culture minor and new career preparation courses to increase the number of students who transition to meaningful jobs in their chosen fields after graduation. She served as the founder and facilitator of the Mother/Daughter conference at Spelman, which invites girls 7-17 and their mother/mentors to campus to share in the journey to healthier self-esteem.
Stanley has authored several articles critiquing Black women in African, African American, and Caribbean cinema as well as Black female iconography in American popular culture. She edited The Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature and most recently edited a forthcoming volume for the Modern Language Association’s teaching series entitled Approaches to Teaching the Works of Octavia E. Butler.
Stanley earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Duke University. She attended the University of Florida for her graduate studies, where she earned both her masters and doctorate in English.