Dr. Katrina Overby is an Assistant professor in the School of Communication at RIT. As a virtual and digital ethnographer whose research, rooted in Black feminist thought and critique, Dr. KO investigates and explores broadly communication, race and identity. Specifically, she analyses Black social media usage, primarily Black Twitter, online discourse by and about Black women, Black women’s epistemology and praxis in, through and out of the academy, and race and gender in sports communication. She has recently instructed the courses Communication and Identity, Reporting on Racial Justice, and her favorite Public Speaking.
Some of her recent co-authored publications include “Breaking bread with storyworlding methodology: Black feminist/womanist commentary on unearthing communal lifeworlds” published in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education as well as the book chapters, “Black and Quarantined: Celebrating Black Identity during COVID-19 via Instagram” and “#BlackInTheIvory: Utilizing Twitter to Explore Black Womxn’s Experiences in the Academy.” Forthcoming, Dr. KO’s co-authored book chapter “Activist Scholar: Advocating for Change in the Streets and on the Sheets” will be published in the edited volume Freedom Teachers, Freedom Dreamers to be released in 2023.