Tarshia Stanley, PhD

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Tarshia Stanley, PhD 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 where she served as the Director of E.W. Githii Honors Program, and before that as the chair of the Department of English. Her areas of focus are film and media studies and African American speculative fiction. 

During her career, Dean Stanley has developed a variety of new academic programs and courses, including the creation of a Film and Visual Culture minor and career preparation courses aimed at  increasing the number of students who transition to meaningful jobs in their chosen fields after graduation. Dean Stanley was the founder and facilitator of the Mothering Our Daughters conference at Spelman College, which for fifteen years invited girls 7-17 and their mother/mentors to the campus to share in the journey to healthier self-esteem. Stanley has written 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 the volume for the Modern Language Association’s teaching series entitled Approaches to Teaching the Works of Octavia E. Butler.

A 2013 graduate of the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute and a member of the 2016 Executive Leadership Academy cohort at UC Berkeley, Dean Stanley’s work as an administrator keeps students at the center of the narrative. She resonates with the mission at St. Kate’s and likes to think of herself as working on an assembly line where she helps to create the conditions in which revolutionary and evolutionary young leaders can thrive. 

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 master's and doctorate in English. She continues to write fiction in her spare time and is working on a sequel to her 2013 novel.