R. Dianne Bartlow is a Professor and current Chair of the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at California State University, Northridge. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego (2000) in Communication with an emphasis on critical cultural/media studies, gender, race, and discourse, cognition and human interaction. Her research focuses on representations of African-American women in popular music, culture, and film, 19th century Black Feminism, pedagogy and diversity, mothering and violence against women. Bartlow has also worked extensively in television production and is a multiple Emmy Award winning director/writer/producer. She teaches courses on Women and Violence, Men and Masculinity, and Women and Entertainment as well as general GWS classes including online classes.
Her published work includes "No Throw-away Woman’: Maria W. Stewart as a Forerunner of Black Feminist Thought,” in Black Women's Intellectual Traditions: Speaking Their Minds, edited by Kristin Waters and Carol B. Conaway (University of Vermont Press Imprint of University Press of New England, 2007).
She is the author of “African American Women and the Prison Industrial Complex: A Textual Reading of Neema Barnette’s Civil Brand” in the International Journal of Africana Studies (Fall/Winter 2007) and, “Defying Gender Stereotypes and Racial Norms: Naming African-American Women’s Realities in Hip Hop and Neo-Soul Music,” in Message in the Music: Hip Hop, Music and Pedagogy, edited by Terry Kershaw, James B. Stewart and V.P. Franklin (ASLAH Press, 2010). She guest co-edited with Janell Hobson, “Representin’: Women, Hip Hop, and Popular Music,” in a special issue for Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism (2008).
Dr. Bartlow is also the author of “Mocha Moms: Lifting As We Climb” and “Mothers of East Los Angeles: Trailblazers in Environmental Justice,” in The 21st Century Motherhood Movement: Mothers Speak Out on Why We Need to Change the World and How to Do It, edited by Andrea O’Reilly (Demeter Press, 2011),.
She is the author of “Punishing Abused Women: A Retrospective on a Ms. Magazine Blog,” in Iluminating How Identities, Stereotypes and Inequalities Matter through Gender Studies, edited by D. Nicole Farris, Mary Ann Davis and D’Lane R. Compton (Springer, 2014).
Dr. Bartlow’s forthcoming publications include: “Judicial Response to Court Assisted Child Murders,” and she is co-author, with Barry Goldstein, of “Judicial Response to Court Assisted Child Murders. Part II: Solutions and Recommendations” in Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Child Custody (2nd edition), edited by Mo Therese Hannah and Barry Goldstein (Civic Research Institute, 2014). Bartlow is also co-author with Florence Kyomugisha of “Enhancing Diversity through Innovative Pedagogy: Some Challenges and Considerations” (National Social Science Journal, 2014). She is currently developing the documentaries Justice Denied: Mothers Who Lose Custody, and New Agenda: African-American Women and Music.