Dr. Natalie Tindall examined the perceptions of Black female public relations professors regarding the influence of race and gender on their career.

In-depth interviews of nine Black female professors were conducted. The participants all held doctorates and taught public relations courses at public and private universities and colleges across the United States.

Key findings include:

  • The respondents had an overabundance of committee work, to the detriment of other responsibilities.
    • In particular, participants mentioned being on special committees due to their race.
  • Mentors played a pivotal role in each participant’s academic experience.
    • A majority of respondents said they had no mentors of colors in their doctoral programs.
  • Several participants described work situations where they were not fully integrated into the department or were not supported by their colleagues.

Read more to learn about how intersectionality affects Black female public relations faculty.


Tindall, N. T. (2009). The Double Bind of Race and Gender: Understanding the Roles and Perceptions of Black Female Public Relations Faculty. Retrieved September 08, 2020, from https://web.a.ebscohost.com/abstract?direct=true&profile=ehost&scope=site&authtype=crawler&jrnl=08919186&AN=48655653&h=7acZgccTqOmuNoJ3jwykASJS9wWv4VtnNKW8AORR97tWwArJG+Ut1oGe+9+B25SqzcFEBq563SVh+7zIru716Q==&crl=c&resultNs=AdminWebAuth&resultLocal=ErrCrlNotAuth&crlhashurl=login.aspx?direct=true&profile=ehost&scope=site&authtype=crawler&jrnl=08919186&AN=48655653

Heidy Modarelli handles Growth & Marketing for IPR. She has previously written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and VentureBeat.
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