Assistant Professor


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  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
  • Concentration:

    • critical cultural theory and the intersections of media, race, gender, sexuality, (im)migration, and cultural tourism
    • social media based televisuals
    • the histories and formations of digital diasporas
    • and, digital/social media representations of the transnational mobilities of Black people, particularly Black LGBTQIA and womxn mobilities
  • Department:

    • Journalism & Media Communication
  • Education:

    • Doctor of Philosophy



Dr. Tori Omega Arthur’s research areas of specialization include critical cultural theory and the intersections of media, race, gender, sexuality, (im)migration, and cultural tourism; social media based televisuals; the histories and formations of digital diasporas; and, digital/social media representations of the transnational mobilities of Black people, particularly Black LGBTQIA and womxn mobilities.


She has a professional background in television news, digital humanities, and strategic communication, and teaches courses in media history, multiculturalism in media, and public communication technologies. She holds a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies with a focus on critical studies in media and film, and a Graduate Certificate in Ethnic Studies from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Arthur also holds a Graduate Certificate in Digital Public Humanities from George Mason University. She completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at American University and a Bachelor of Science in Media Arts and Design at James Madison University.


Prior to Colorado State, Dr. Arthur was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Broadcast News and Public Relations in the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University and a Fellow/Visiting Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. She has worked in television news on the local and national levels, including as an Associate Producer at WDBJ 7 in Roanoke, Virginia and as White House Independent Pool Producer with satellite news gathering organization CONUS Communications. Her strategic communication experience includes her time as a Strategic Communications/Program Management Specialist with General Dynamics Information Technology and as Senior Editorial Consultant with Arbi Press, an upstart publishing company based in Lagos and Calabar, Nigeria.


Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

Arthur, T. "Been exploring the globe: Black women’s internationalism and race and gender and counter-power and truth in the Instagram digi-sphere," Florida Communication Journal, Vol. 49, (forthcoming 2021).


Arthur, T. & Ukelina, B. "Gateway to Africa: The History of Television Service in Late Colonial Nigeria," African Bibliography, (forthcoming 2021).


Arthur, T. “#Catchmeinashithole: Black Travel Influencers and the Contestation of Racialized Place Myths,” The Howard Journal of Communications, (forthcoming 2021), DOI: 10.1080/10646175.2020.1819481.


Arthur, T. “'We're Out Here': Black Identity and Digital Resistance in Instagram Travelogues,” [lead article] Ohio Communication Journal, No. 58 (2020): 1-11. [Winner of the 2021 Central States Communication Association States Advisory Council Outstanding Manuscript Award]


Arthur, T. “The Performative Digital Africa: iROKOtv, Nollywood Televisuals, and Community Building in the African Digital Diaspora,” in The SAGE Handbook of Media and Migration, eds. Kevin Smets, Myria Georgiou, Saskia Witteborn, Koen Leurs, and Radhika Gajjala (2019): 207-219.


Arthur, T. “Sexual Real Estate: Repatriation, Reterritorialization, and the Digital Activism of Nicole Amarteifio’s Web Series An African City,” Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies, No. 20 (2019): 57-85.


Arthur, T. “Glocal Nollywood: The Politics of Culture, Identity, and Migration in African Films Set on American Shores,” Glocalism: Journal of Culture, Politics and Innovation, No. 2 (2017): 1-28.


Arthur, T. “Nollywood Afrogeeks: Nigerian Cinema, Digital Diasporas, and African Immigrants in the United States,” International Journal of E-Politics, Volume 7, No. 3 (2016): 49-64.


Arthur, T. “Reimagining the ‘Blockbuster’ for Nigerian Cinema: The Nollywood Narrative Aesthetic of Affective Spectacle,” Journal of Pan-African Studies, Volume 6, No. 9 (2014): 101-116.


Book Reviews

Arthur, T. "A Review of Patricia de Santana Pinho's Mapping Diaspora: African American Roots Tourism in Brazil," Luso-Brazilian Review, Volume 57, No. 2 (2020): E17-E19.


Arthur, T. “A Review of Leah Perry’s The Cultural Politics of U.S. Immigration: Gender, Race, and Media,Feminist Media Studies, Volume 17, No. 2 (2017): 35-36.


Arthur, T. “Black Spectral Lives Matter: A Review of Tiya Miles’s Tales from the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era,PLURAL, Revista do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Sociologica da USP, São Paulo, Volume 23, No. 2 (2016): 134-137.

First Generation Story

Dr. Arthur is a first generation college graduate (the first in her family to earn a doctoral degree) and is a first generation professor on the tenure track.