Dr. Vanessa Wynder Quainoo
Associate Professor and Director Africana Studies Program
Associate Professor/ Communication Studies/ Faculty & Staff/ Harrington School-Wide
- Ph.D., Rhetoric
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass
- M.A., Communication Studies
- Western Illinois University
- B.A., Communication Studies and Theology
- Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
COURSES RECENTLY TAUGHT
- COM540: Race Discourse
- COM 100: Communication Fundamentals
- COM 210 Persuasion
- COM 333 Oral Performance of African American Literature
- COM 383: Rhetorical Theory
- COM 441 Race & Media
- COM 491 Independent Studies in Com
- COM 492 Independent Studies in Com
- AAF 390 URI in Ghana
- AAF 448 Independent Studies in Africana Thought
Cry Elimina.(2009) (A Readers Theatre) Written, Directed & Performed at The Elmina Slave Castle, Elmina, Ghana.
Cry Elmina (A Solo Performance) Written, Directed & Performed at the Lippitt Auditorium In conjunction with Women’s Studies (2010)
And The Poem Was Born (A Readers Theatre) Written, Directed & Performed at the University of Rhode Isalnd Multicultural Center (2010)
African American Poetry In Revue (A Readers Theatre) Written, Directed & Performed at University of Rhode Island Multicultural Center (2011)
Call and Response (A Readers Theatre) Written, Directed & Performed at the University of Rhode Island Multicultural Center (2012)
Call and Response: The Literature of the African American Vernacular (A Readers Theatre) Written, Directed & Performed at the University of Rhode Island (2013)
African American Women Clergy & Their Sermons. (2011) The Griot (Journal of African American Studies) (forthcoming).
Dr. Vanessa Wynder Quainoo is associate professor and director of the Africana Studies Program at the University of Rhode Island. Having received degrees in Rhetoric , Communication Studies and Theology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois and Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, Dr. Quainoo has a passion for understanding the potential of the spoken word to create community and bridge racial divisiveness. Dr. Quainoo teaches courses in Rhetoric, Race Discourse, Oral Performance of African American Literature, The African Oral Tradition, Spoken Word & Readers Theatre.
She also directs the Africana Studies Program which offers courses in African and African American Studies, provides educational programs, such as leading the URI campus community in observing the historically important Black History Month Celebration and service projects such as the AID To Haiti Project and encourages dialogue and interdisciplinary collaboration on cultural diversity within the URI community. The URI in Ghana Study Abroad , Cape Verde Study Abroad and Bermuda Study Abroad Programs are just a few of the opportunities sponsored by the Africana Studies Program which allow students to study abroad in the African Diaspora.
Dr. Quainoo’s research merge her interests in rhetoric, oral performance and theology. Much of her work is in the form of creative oral performance. Most of her performances are of original works which she directs and stages in both solo and readers theatre format. An ordained minister, she is currently researching the sermonic texts of African American women clergy and the Changing Dynamics of Faith and Narrative in the Age of Obama.