Jenna N. Hanchey

Jenna N. Hanchey
Arizona State University | ASU

PhD, Communication Studies
Currently writing an NEH-funded book manuscript on Africanfuturism, centering African visions of developmental futures.

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Introduction
Jenna N. Hanchey will be starting as Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Critical/Cultural Studies at Arizona State University in Fall 2022. Her research is premised on a decolonial politics, and attends to the intersections of rhetoric, African studies, Black feminisms, and critical development studies. Her first book, The Center Cannot Hold: Decolonial Possibility in the Collapse of a Tanzanian NGO, is forthcoming from Duke University Press. For more, see www.jennahanchey.com.
Additional affiliations
July 2017 - present
University of Nevada, Reno
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
August 2012 - May 2017
University of Texas at Austin
Field of study
  • Communication Studies
August 2010 - August 2012
University of Colorado Boulder
Field of study
  • Communication

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In this essay, I draw lessons in persistence from one of the most fruitful perspectives for imagining and enacting liberatory futures: Afrofuturism. Afrofuturism is a field of creative production and study that centers African and African diasporic experience. By focusing imagined futures on and around Blackness, Afrofuturism provides hope that the...
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In this introductory essay to the second of two themed issues,“ (Re)Theorizing Communication Studies from African Perspectives,”we examine the possibilities created by applying African perspectives in communication studies. We first overview the trajectories initiated by previous African communication scholarship before turning to the applications...
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In this introductory essay to the first of two themed issues, “(Re)Theorizing Communication Studies from African Perspectives,” we explore the decolonial potential of African perspectives in communication studies. African knowledge systems have something to teach, regardless of whether the West is listening. And yet, in the discipline of communicat...
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In this essay, we examine the figure of Oyin Da in Tade Thompson's The Wormwood Trilogy to demonstrate how Africanfuturism uses colonial infrastructure-or "the master's house"-in queer ways to resist neocolonialism and produce decolonial contexts of queer and feminist African life. Drawing on Audre Lorde's often-cited quote, we assert that Oyin Da...
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Given arguments that organizational rhetoric is disconnected from contemporary and useful trends in rhetorical theory writ-large, we build a case for rethinking organizational rhetoric's founding concept of identification through recent innovations in rhetorical theory. Drawing from theories of psychoanalysis, racialization, and coloniality, we arg...
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The Dream Trainers is a speculative fiction short story that takes place in a fictional near-future U.S.-run compound in Tanzania. Nnedi Okorafor and Octavia Butler inspired the “world made of change.”1 Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Wanuri Kahiu catalyzed my thought on the future politics of water.
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In this chapter, we consider what it can look like to think of graduate school as a collective co-conspiratorial endeavor and, specifically, how it can change the way we think about ethics and professionalism, how we handle time management, and our embodied relations with each other--and ourselves.
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This essay examines the politics of embodiment in The Wormwood Trilogy in relation to queerness, transness, and decoloniality, and how the struggles for embodied self-determination are metaphorically connected to the struggles for African liberation in Africanfuturism. I argue that The Wormwood Trilogy affirms African queer and trans relations to e...
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In this essay, we advocate for a queer (post)colonial studies as a continuation of the critical foundational work that has been done by postcolonial feminists, women of color, queer people of color and non-academic activists. In doing so, we make the case for critical/cultural scholars to engage with queerness through postcoloniality and decolonial...
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**Read the entire forum at https://online.ucpress.edu/dcqr/issue/9/2** This introduction situates the 2019 National Communication Association Organizational Communication Division's Top Paper Panel walkout within a larger subdisciplinary history of erasing scholarship on racism, colonialism, as well as queer and trans* studies. I describe how such...
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**Read the entire forum at https://online.ucpress.edu/dcqr/issue/9/2** This manifestx refuses calls to "tone down" by instead toning up. We declare an intersectional present and future for organizational communication, one that embraces fiery language, is undisciplined, arises in relation, destabilizes white righteousness, and will not be silent....
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International aid often functions as a neocolonial extension of colonial power structures. Aid to Africa is particularly problematic because of ideologies casting the continent as backward and devoid of agency, which have material consequences for African lives. Afrofuturist imaginings offer a space where these politics of aid can be challenged, as...
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You know the story, as they tell it. The aliens arrive, bringing confusion and fear in their wake. Between moments of panic, the humans manage to articulate one question: What do you want from us? The aliens desire something; they are here to take that something from us. Even in the most friendly of alien encounters in the West, the focus is on fig...
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This document includes the Powerpoint presentations and bibliographies from the National Communication Association Conference's 2019 Top Paper Panel from the Organizational Communication Division. As the papers are all in the process of being moved toward publication, we wanted to share our work in a manner that does not put publication in jeopardy...
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In this forum, we specifically explore the transversal issues of an ethnographer’s identity/ies across organizational contexts, including homeless shelters, employment agencies, African street markets and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), exiled Cuban communities, education programs, and large corporations. By engaging these topics from our res...
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Drawing from Afrofuturist and African theories that demonstrate the importance of reinterpreting the past in order to imagine (im)possible positions and relationships for women of color in the future, I look to reframings of the present in rhetorics of international aid work with Sub-Saharan Africa. I examine six mock aid videos produced by the aid...
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Drawing from rhetorical field research at a nongovernmental aid organization in rural Tanzania, this essay investigates the relationship between U.S. hegemonic masculinity and neocolonialism in international aid work. Based on an analysis of how two different groups of U.S. medical students relate to their Tanzanian translators and patients, I demo...
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Rhetorical theories of representation, caught in the logics of transcendence/immanence, have struggled to reconcile the need to move beyond representation with the political importance of critiquing representational effects. I argue that this tension can— and must—be addressed through a relational politics of representation that draws from antiraci...
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Drawing from interviews and conversations with US American volunteers at an international aid organization in Tanzania, I argue that the subject constitution of US volunteers is dependent upon foreclosures that remove questions of their colonial and racial presence from conscious awareness. I explain how these foreclosures are covered by a white sa...
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Scholars recognize that both nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and non-Western organizational logics harbor the potential to reconfigure fundamental assumptions of organizational research. Drawing from such work, I argue that we must reconceptualize ‘resistance’ in organizational communication scholarship by destabilizing its Western-centric ass...
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Drawing from postcolonial theory and subaltern studies, this essay contributes to research in communication on humanitarian aid to Africa by using methods of rhetorical criti- cism to analyze how 3 popular viral video campaigns represent African agency. I argue that although representations of agency in the campaigns differ, they all reinforce West...
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Although geopolitical, temporal, and sociocultural factors shape normative stories of meaningful and attainable work and careers, most scholarship addresses Western, white-collar contexts. Analysis of two Tanzanian youth magazines revealed different normative stories of career success for educational achievers (Fema) and youth outside the education...
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Athletic female bodies challenge ideals of femininity, a tendency exacerbated by factors relating to gender expression, race, and nationality. In this article, the authors trace the discourse of sex verification testing in elite athletics. The study finds that most of the athletes historically suspected of not being “truly” female over the course o...
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Following calls to center nation, we analyze sexual violence discourse in the US Peace Corps. The texts we consider deploy three typical dichotomies—public/private, self/other, and agent/victim—that, in this case, reveal inconsistencies at the intersections of race and gender. We argue that these inconsistencies are evidence of lability, counterint...
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CP violation in supersymmetry can give rise to rate asymmetries in the decays of supersymmetric particles. In this work we compute the rate asymmetries for the three-body chargino decays \tilde\chi^\pm_2 \to \tilde\chi^\pm_1 HH, \tilde\chi^\pm_2 \to \tilde\chi^\pm_1 ZZ, \tilde\chi^\pm_2 \to \tilde\chi^\pm_1 W^+ W^- and \tilde\chi^\pm_2 \to tilde\ch...

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