Jenna N. Hanchey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Jenna Hanchey
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Jenna N. Hanchey is an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Nevada, Reno and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Gender, Race, and Identity as well as for the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies. Her award-winning research is premised on politics of decolonization and attends to the intersections of rhetoric, African studies, Women of Color feminisms and critical development studies.

Her research is intersectional, linking the decolonial politics of aid and development in Africa to issues of gender, race, sexuality and class. Her work has received accolades including the 2020 ORWAC Feminist Scholar of the Year Award, Critical/Cultural Studies Division of NCA’s 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award, Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division of NCA’s 2016 Nichols/Ehninger Top Student Paper Award and Top Paper Award, and RSA’s 2014 Gerard A. Hauser Research Award, among many others.

Her work is published in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies; Review of Communication; Communication, Culture & Critique; Journal of International and Intercultural Communication; Women's Studies in Communication; Women & Language; Management Communication Quarterly; Departures in Critical Qualitative Research; and forthcoming in Feminist Africa. Her first book, The Center Cannot Hold: Haunted Reflexivity and Liquid Agency in the Collapse of a Tanzanian NGO, is under contract with Duke University Press. She is in the process of drafting her second book with the working title Africanfuturism: Decolonial Dreamwork and Developmental Rebellion.

Research interests

  • Rhetoric
  • Critical/Cultural Studies
  • African Studies
  • Critical Development Studies
  • Organizational Communication
  • Coloniality & Decoloniality
  • Blackness & Anti-Blackness
  • BIPOC & Decolonial Feminisms
  • Afrofuturism & Africanfuturism
  • Theories of Subjectivity

Courses taught

  • COM 760: Communication Theory
  • COM 422: Difference and Communication
  • COM 412: Intercultural Communication
  • COM 407: Gender and Communication
  • COM 317: Organizational Communication
  • COM 275: Racism, Colonialism, and Communication


  • Jenna N. Hanchey and Peter R. Jensen, “Organizational Rhetoric as Subjectification,” Management Communication Quarterly (OnlineFirst).
  • Jenna N. Hanchey, “‘The Self is Embodied’: Reading Queer and Trans Africanfuturism in The Wormwood Trilogy,” Journal of International and Intercultural Communication (OnlineFirst).
  • Jenna N. Hanchey, “The Dream Trainers,” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 18, no. 3 (2021): 305-314.
  • Godfried Asante and Jenna N. Hanchey, “Decolonizing Queer Modernities: The Case for Queer (Post)colonial Studies in Critical/Cultural Communication,” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 18, no. 2 (2021): 212-220.
  • Jenna N. Hanchey, “Decolonizing Aid in Black Panther,” Review of Communication 20, no. 3 (2020): 260-268.
  • Jenna N. Hanchey, “Introduction: Beyond Race Scholarship as Groundbreaking/Irrelevant,” Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 9, no. 2 (2020): 122-125.
  • #ToneUpOrgComm Collective, “#ToneUpOrgComm: A Manifestx,” Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 9, no. 2 (2020): 152-154.
  • Jenna N. Hanchey, “Desire and the Politics of Africanfuturism,” Women’s Studies in Communication 43, no. 2 (2020): 119-124.
  • Jenna N. Hanchey, “Reframing the Present: Mock Aid Videos and the Foreclosure of African Epistemologies,” Women & Language 42, no. 2 (2019): 317-346.
  • Jenna N. Hanchey, “Doctors Without Burdens: The Neocolonial Ambivalence of White Masculinity In International Medical Aid,” Women’s Studies in Communication 42, no. 1 (2019): 39-59.
  • Jenna N. Hanchey, “Toward a Relational Politics of Representation,” Review of Communication 18, no. 4 (2018): 265-283.
  • Jenna N. Hanchey, “All of us Phantasmic Saviors,” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 15, no. 2 (2018): 144-160.
  • Jenna N. Hanchey, “Agency Beyond Agents: Aid Campaigns in Sub-Saharan Africa and Collective Representations of Agency,” Communication, Culture & Critique 9, no. 1 (2016): 11-29.


  • Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2017
  • M.A., Communication, University of Colorado Boulder, 2012
  • B.S., Physics/Mathematics Education, Taylor University, 2007