Charles I. Nero

Benjamin E. Mays '20 Distinguished Prof of Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies


Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies

Pettigrew Hall, Room 303


Pettigrew Hall, Room 303


Professor Nero specializes in film, literary and cultural studies.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to African American Studies
  • African American Oratory and Public Address
  • White Redemption: Cinema & the Cooptation of African American History
  • Place, Word, Sound: New Orleans
  • Black Lesbian and Gay Literatures
  • The Whitelands: Cinematic Nightmares
  • Language and Communication of Black Americans
  • Seminar in the Harlem Renaissance
  • Film and the Critical Gay Gaze
  • Lesbian and Gay Images in Film
  • Makin’ Whoopi: Goldberg’s Canon
  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Sexuality in the Era of AIDS
  • Hate, the State and Representation
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement


  • Ph.D. Speech Communication Indiana University, Bloomington, May 1991. Dissertation: “To Develop Our Manhood”: Free Black Leadership and the Rhetoric of the New Orleans Tribune, 1865-1870
  • M.A. Speech Communication Wake Forest University, May 1980
  • B.A. Theater Education Xavier University, New Orleans, May 1978

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Rhetoric, African American Studies, and American Cultural Studies,Bates College, August 1991- Present
  • Assistant Professor of Speech Communication. Ithaca College, August 1987- May 1990
  • Instructor, Speech  Communication, Valdosta State College, Valdosta, GA, August 1980 – May 1981
  • Associate Instructor, Afro-American Studies, Indiana University, 1983 – 1987

Professional Organizations

  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • College Language Association
  • National Communication Association
  • Langston Hughes Society
  • Modern Language Association
  • American Studies Association