Miriam J. Petty, Ph.D.

Dr. Miriam J. Petty was the 2004-2006 Geraldine R. Dodge Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers-Newark’s Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience.  She studies film history and theory, as well as the politics of African American representation.  Produced Watching Carefully, a multifaceted city initiative geared toward the improvement of media literacy among adults and children in Newark, NJ.  Petty is also revising her dissertation, “’Doubtful Glory’ 1930s Hollywood and the African American Actor as Star,” an examination of race’s impact upon stardom in the classic Hollywood era.  Dr. Petty earned her Bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College in Northfield, MN, and received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.


-“Passing for Horror: Race, Fear, and Elia Kazan’s Pinky”
Genders, 40 (Fall, 2004) www.genders.org

-“Stepin Fetchit,” “Evelyn Preer,” and “Elizabeth Welch” in the African American National Biography, ed. Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Forthcoming from Oxford University Press, anticipated for 2007).