Charles I. Nero

Professor of Rhetoric, Film and Screen Studies


American Studies


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