Prof. Coleman is the co-author of Intercultural Communication for Everyday Life (2014, Wiley Blackwell), 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 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).

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She has published a number of book chapters and journal articles. Her research and commentary has been featured in a variety of international and national media outlets. Her current research focuses on the NAACP’s participation in media activism.

Prof. Coleman completed ACE Leadership Academy training (2015) and was a Program Fellow in the University of California, Berkeley Executive Leadership Academy (2012). She is the recipient of the University of Michigan John Dewey Teaching Award, the University of Michigan Harold R. Johnson Diversity Award, the National Communication Association AACCD & the Black Caucus Scholar Award for Publishing, the New York University Teaching Excellence Award, and the Chatham College Alumnae “Cornerstone” Award.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, Prof. Coleman was on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and at New York University.

Prof. Coleman holds lifetime memberships in the American Studies Association, International Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association, National Communication Association, NAACP, and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a public service organization.

Prof. Coleman is teaching herself to play the acoustic bass guitar. She is singing along (badly) to Everybody Loves the Sunshine by Roy Ayers. She has run six marathons (at a stunningly glacial pace). She has never met a king crab leg that she didn’t like.