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Omotayo O Banjo

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 121-A McMicken Hall
Tel: 513-556-2142
Email: omotayo.banjo@uc.edu

Omotayo Banjo, PhD (Penn State University, 2009) focuses on representation and audience responses to racial and cultural media. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals including Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Communication Theory, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Media and Religion, and Race and Social Problems. She has also presented her research at regional, national and international conferences which include the International Communication Association, National Communication Association, Association for Education  in Journalism & Mass Communication, and the Collegium for African-American Research.  Dr. Banjo teaches courses related to media theory, identity, and race. She is also an affiliate faculty of Africana Studies, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, and Journalism.

Education

  • B.A., Penn State University, State College, PA, 2004 (Psychology).
  • PhD, Penn State University, State College, PA, 2009 (Mass Communication).

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Media Effects
  • Race and Media
  • Media and Identity

Research Support

  • Barrow’s Minority Scholarship, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). 2008.
  • GSIC Student Paper Award, Pennsylvania State University. 2006.
  • For us only?: Hostile media perception in the presence of a White audience, Africana Research Center. 2006.
  • (PI), Banjo, O, Provost’s Committee on Faculty Diversity. 9984. 05-2010. Status: Active.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Banjo, O. (2011) What are you laughing at? Examining predictors of Whites’ enjoyment of Black Entertainment. [lead article] Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media,55(2), 137-159. doi:10.1080/08838151.2011.570822
  • Banjo, O. & Morant Williams, K. (2011).  A house divided? Christian music in Black and White Communities. [lead article] Journal of Media & Religion, 10(3) 115-137. doi: 10.1080/15348423.2011.599640
  • Oliver, M. B., Banjo, O., & Kim, J. (2003). Judging a movie by its cover: A content analysis of sexual portrayals on video rental jackets. Sexuality & Culture, 7(3), 38-56.
  • Banjo, O. (2002). The effects of media consumption on the perception of romantic relationships. Penn State McNair Journal, 9, 9-33.
  • Oh, D. & Banjo, O. (2012) Outsourcing postracialism: Voicing neoliberal multiculturalism in Outsourced. Communication Theory, 22(4), 449-470. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2885.2012.01414.x
  • Banjo, O.O. (2013). For Us Only? Examining the Effect of Viewing Context on Black Audiences’ Perceived Influence of Black Entertainment. Race and Social Problems, 5 (1), pp. 1-14. doi: 10.1007/s12552-013-9106-xLink]
  • Morant Williams, K & Banjo, O.O. (2013). From where we stand: Exploring Christian listeners social location and Christian music listening". Journal of Media and Religion, 12(4), 196-216. doi: 10.1080/15348423.2013.845027[Link]
  • Banjo, O.O & Fraley, T. (2014). The wannabe, the man, and whitebread: Portrayals of whiteness in the Black films. Western Journal of Black Studies
  • Banjo, O.O., Appiah, O., Wang, Z.J. Brown, C., & Walther, W.  (2015). Co-viewing effects of ethnic-oriented programming: An examination of in-‐group bias and racial comedy exposure. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. , 92, 662-680 
  • Banjo, O.O .& Morant Williams, K. (2015). Behind the music: Exploring audiences’ attitudes toward gospel and contemporary Christian music. Submitted to Journal of Communication and Religion, 37(3) 117-138.

Book Chapter

  • Sanders, M. & Banjo, O. (2013). Mass Media and African American identities: examining Black self-concept and intersectionality  (pp. 126-148). In D. Lasorsa & A. Rodriguez (Eds.) Media and Identity: New Agendas in Communication. New York: Routledge.
  • Banjo, O., Whembolua, G., Howard, S., Frederick, N., & Lindsey, J. (Forthcoming). Gangsters’ Paradox: Materialism, Misogyny, Subjectivity and Health Consequences.  In C. Jones & E. Wallace (Eds). Black Sociology: Contemporary Issues and Future Directions
  • Banjo, O. (2015). Now you see me: The visibility of whiteness in Black context film. In V. Berry, A. Fleming-Rife,  & A. Dayo (Eds) Black Culture and Experience: Contemporary Issues. 257-270. New York: Peter Lang Publishing,

Electronic Journal

  • Banjo, O.Hu, Y., and Sundar, S. (2008) Cell phone usage and social interaction with proximate others: Ringing in a theoretical model. The Open Communication Journal, 2, 127-135. [Electronic version].

Teaching and Resource Materials

  • Banjo, O. (2005). Personalizing your college education. In C. Glenn (Ed.), Making Sense: A Real-world Rhetorical Reader 2nd ed. (pg. 521). Boston: Bedford, Freeman & Worth.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Banjo, O (03-2009). Black humor: For mature audiences only” Black knowledge and the arts: Music, drama, and film. Conference of the Collegium for African American Research, Bremen, Germany.
  • Banjo, O (03-2008). Third-person effects in Black entertainment. Issues of race in entertainment panel, Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Banjo, O. (04/06/2013). Hip Hop , Ethnic Identification and Sexual Health Cincinnati, OH, AARC.
  • Banjo, O. & Morant, K (04-2011). Stirring the Souls of Black Folk: ♂ Unpacking the Intersection of Spiritual and Social identity of Black Gospel Music Listeners Conference of the Collegium for African American Research, Paris,France.
  • Morant, K & Banjo, O. (04-2011). Praising God in Black & White: An analysis of the rhetorical power of Contemporary Christian music and Black Gospel music Eastern Communication Association, Washington D.C..
  • Banjo,O (04-2010). Personal to Me, Universal to You: Understanding White Audiences and Tyler Perry Eastern Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.

Paper Presentations

  • Banjo, O (05-2008). For us only?: Hostile media perception in the presence of a White audience.. the International Communication Association,, Montreal, CAN.
  • Banjo, O, & Fraley, T (05-2008). Portrayals of whiteness in Black films. . International Communication Association, , Montreal, CAN.
  • Tsay, M., & Banjo, O. (05-2007). A true test of friendship: Testing the interpersonal nature of parasocial interactions. . International Communication Association, , San Francisco, CA.
  • Banjo, O., Hu, Y., & Sundar, S. (03-2006). Cell phone usage and social interaction with proximate others: Ringing in a theoretical model. . International Communication Association, Dresden, Germany.
  • Banjo, O., Hu, Y., & Sundar, S. (03-2006). Cell phone usage and social interaction with proximate others: Ringing in a theoretical model. Penn State’s Graduate Exhibition, University Park, PA.
  • Banjo, O., Early, M., & Granger, E. (03-2005). The effects of social identity on perceptions of racism in print news media. Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication Midwinter Conference, Kennesaw, Georgia.
  • Banjo,O (06-2010). What are you laughing at?: Understanding Whites’ enjoyment of Black entertainment. . International Communication Association, Singapore, Singapore.
  • Banjo, O.O. Wang, Z.J., Appiah, O., Brown, C., Walther, W., Hedstrom, A., & Irwin, M. (05/20/2015). Wait, Can I Laugh at This? Group Viewing and Racial Humor Messages. . International Communication Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico..
  • Oh, D & Banjo, O. (11-2011). Outsourcing postracialism: Voicing neoliberal multiculturalism in Outsourced.. National Communication Association, New Orleans, Louisanna.
  • Banjo, O & Morant Williams, K. (05-2012). ) Behind the Music: Exploring Audiences’ Attitudes toward Gospel and Contemporary Christian Music. International Communication Association, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Neuwirth, K. , Frederi, E. & Banjo, O. (11-2011). Racial Identity, Racial Perceptions and Person Effects. Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, Chicago, IL.
  • Banjo,O et.al. Co-viewing effects of ethnic-oriented programming: An examination of in-group bias and racial comedy exposure. ICA, London, UK.

Poster Presentations

  • Banjo, O,, Early, M., & Granger, E (03-2005). The effects of social identity on perceptions of racism in print news media. Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication , San Antonio, TX.
  • Banjo, O. (11-2006). Are you in the family? Determining relationship investment by cell phone provider. National Communication Association, San Antonio, TX.
  • Banjo, O & Morant, K. (06-2010). A house divided? Christian music in Black and White International Communication Association, Singapore, Singapore.
  • Banjo, O., Early, M., & Granger, E. (03-2005). The effects of social identity on perceptions of racism in print news media Penn State’s Graduate Exhibition, University Park, PA.
  • Banjo, O (05-2012). Why Can’t We Be Friends? Understanding Comedy and Cultural Competence International Communication Association, Phoenix, AZ.

Colloquia

  • Banjo, O. (04-2011). The Dave Chappelle Effect:  Humor, Race, and Reception. Department of Sociology Research Colloquium, Cincinnati, OH.

Symposium

  • Banjo,O (11/06/2011). Ethnic Entertainment, Audiences and Effects. Diversity Conference, Terre Haute, Indiana..

Experience & Service

Courses Taught

  • 15-COMM-326 INTRO TO MASS COMM

  • Media & Identity
    Media & Identity
    Level: Undergraduate

  • Media Literacy
    Media Literacy
    Level: Undergraduate

  • Seminar Analysis in Media
    Seminar Analysis in Media
    Level: Graduate

  • 15-COMM-392 PROJECT IN COMMUNIC
    Level: Undergraduate

  • 15-COMM-861 DIR PROBLEMS COMM
    Level: Graduate