March 16, 2016

Real Sister: Stereotypes, Respectability, and Black Women in Reality TV has been recommended by Essence Magazine in the April issue. Pick up a copy of Real Sister and a copy of the April Essence Magaz...

October 29, 2015

To listen to the podcast of the talk, visit iTunes.


October 2, 2015


Contributions are being sought for a proposed edited collection that explores the portrayals of Black men in reality television. This collection aims to address representations of masculinity, compar...

April 11, 2015

Pictured from left to right: (First Row) Dr. Alison Ligon, Dr. Manya Whitaker, Dr. Jervette R. Ward, (Back Row) Dr. Andre Thorn and Dr. John Tilghman



During the College Language Association (CLA) 201...

October 20, 2014

"What do reality TV, Zora Neale Hurston and "The Help" have in common?


On the surface, not much. But if you’re Jervette R. Ward, a recently arrived English professor at the University of Alaska Anchor...

October 7, 2014

Dr. Jervette R. Ward speaks at the University of Alaska Anchorage Campus Bookstore. Her talk, Sex, Race, and Class: Portrayals of Black Women in Reality TV is an excerpt from her forthcoming edited bo...

March 28, 2014

Dr. Jervette R. Ward created and participated in two panels entitled The Real Scandal: Portrayals of Black Womein in Reality TV (Panel 1 and 2) for the 74th Annual Convention of the College Language A...

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