Rhodes' research interests include race and mass media and African American
history and culture. Her book, Framing the Black Panthers: The Spectacular Rise of a
Black Power Icon, charts the Black Nationalists' extraordinary rise to the status of
media icons, and explains the fascination that the Panthers continue to hold. Lavishly
illustrated with many never-before-seen photographs, Rhodes takes the reader from the
origins of the Black Panthers to the present day, exploring their transformation into
media superstars and symbols of black power. She suggests that the Panthers, with their
button-making, newspaper distribution, and irresistible photo-ops, may have been the
nations first truly media-savvy activists. Rhodes is a former newspaper and radio
reporter and producer who also wrote Mary Ann Shadd Cary: The Black Press and Protest in
the Nineteenth Century. She is also the author of a number of articles on race,
journalism and mass communication. 

EDUCATION: B.A., Syracuse University, 1977; M.A., Syracuse University, 1984; Ph.D.,
University of North Carolina, 1992 


Contributions to Books


The Black Press and Radical Print Culture, The enduring book : print culture in postwar America (2009)


At the Boundaries of Abolitionism, Feminism, and Black Nationalism, Women’s Rights and Transatlantic Antislavery in the Era of Emancipation (2007)

Journal Articles