MLPSC Closing Provocations Panel

New Directions in Scholarship on Decolonizing Media, Law and Policy

Friday, January 13 @ Noon EST


Francine Banner, Associate Professor, University of Michigan-Dearborn 

Dr. Banner is an Associate Professor in Sociology who also teaches in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Women’s and Gender Studies. She received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University, her law degree from the New York University School of Law, and her B.A. from Wellesley College. Before arriving at UM-Dearborn, Dr. Banner taught Criminal and Constitutional Law in Arizona. Among Dr. Banner’s favorite courses to teach are Family Violence, Criminal Law, and the Inside-Out Prison Exchange. Her research focuses on gender, law, and conflict in many forms. She has written extensively about sexual assault in the military, and she currently is writing a book about discussions of sexual assault law on social media.

Lyndsey Beutin, Associate Professor, McMaster University

Dr. Beutin’s research focuses on the racial politics of communication and social justice. Her first book, Trafficking in Antiblackness: Modern-Day Slavery, White Indemnity, and Racial Justice (Duke University Press, 2023), explores how campaigns against human trafficking use the memory of transatlantic slavery to reproduce antiblackness in the name of ending so-called “modern day slavery.”

Sandra Ristovska, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Ristovska’s publications include the award-winning monograph, Seeing Human Rights: Video Activism as a Proxy Profession (The MIT Press, 2021), an edited book, Visual Imagery and Human Rights Practice (Palgrave, 2018), and over two dozen journal articles and book chapters. Her work has received multiple awards from the International Communication Association (ICA), the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), and the National Communication Association (NCA).


Kelli Moore, Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, NYU

Dr. Moore’s scholarship examines the role of media and technology in the production of legal and political knowledge within ongoing debates about the subject of trauma and helplessness, facilitated communication, feminist jurisprudence, visual literacy, “post-racial” embodiment and the digital. She is the author of Legal Spectatorship: Slavery and the Visual Culture of Domestic Violence (Duke, 2022)

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