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Robin Means Coleman

Robin Means Coleman
Vice President & Associate Provost for Diversity
Areas of Speciality
  • Media, Culture, and Identity
  • Jack K. Williams Administration Building Suite 100
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Robin R. Means Coleman is Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and a Professor in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University. As the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity, Dr. Coleman leads Texas A&M’s efforts in accountability, climate and equity as outlined in the University Diversity Plan. Reporting to the President and Provost, she works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students across Texas A&M’s 16 colleges and schools, two branch campuses, Health Science Center, and University Libraries.

A nationally prominent and award-winning Professor of Communication and African American studies, Dr. Coleman’s scholarship focuses on media studies and the cultural politics of Blackness. Dr. Coleman is the author of Horror Noire:  Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present (2011, Routledge) and African-American Viewers and the Black Situation Comedy: Situating Racial Humor (2000, Routledge).  She is co-author of Intercultural Communication for Everyday Life (2014, Wiley-Blackwell). She is the editor of Say It Loud! African American Audiences, Media, and Identity (2002, Routledge) and co-editor of Fight the Power!  The Spike Lee Reader (2008, Peter Lang). She is also the author of a number of other academic and popular publications. Her research and commentary have been featured in a variety of international and national media outlets, to include the award-winning 2019 documentary film Horror Noire. Her current research focuses on the NAACP’s participation in media activism.

Dr. Coleman is the recipient of the John Dewey Award for undergraduate education, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Outstanding Mentor Award, and the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award all from the University of Michigan. She earned the Steinhardt School of Education Teaching Excellence Award from New York University. She also holds the Minority Access National Role Model Award.

Before coming to Texas A&M, Dr. Coleman was on the faculty at the University of Michigan, the University of Pittsburgh, and New York University. At the University of Michigan, she served as an Associate Dean of Social Sciences in the Rackham Graduate School, as well as Chair of the Department of Communication Studies.

She is a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Educational Management, Cornell Diversity and Inclusion certificate program, American Council on Education Leadership Academy, the University of California-Berkeley Executive Leadership Academy, the National Intergroup Dialogue Institute, and the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good Leadership Institute. Dr. Coleman was a Fellow in the Big 10 Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program