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Jenna Hanchey

Scholar | Writer | Artist
co-conspiring to imagine decolonial and anti-racist futures

all photography by Jenna Hanchey

“badass fairy”

About Me

I’m continually searching for radical futures, reflecting over the racial and colonial legacies of our pasts, and laboring to enact justice in the present. My academic work critically examines aid, development, and volunteer work in Africa. My creative work aims to open imaginative possibilities. I hail from Southwest Michigan, and am currently an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.

A graduate student once called me a “badass fairy.” I attempt to live up to the title.

Research

Aid Media

I’ve written multiple articles about aid campaign media, particularly viral videos, and how even the organizations that attempt to portray African agency often do so in ways that are Westerncentric and reinforce coloniality.

NGOs in Tanzania

My first book, The Center Cannot Hold: Haunted Reflexivity and Fugitive Rhetorical Agency in the Collapse of a Tanzanian NGO, is under contract with Duke University Press. It examines the decolonial possibility that emerges from the collapse of normative aid operations and subjectivities.

Africanfuturism

I have begun conceptualizing a second book, tentatively titled Africanfuturism with/out Development, that examines how Africanfuturist fiction and film imagines liberatory African futures that challenge, reinvent, and eschew Western logics of development.

Fiction

The Dream Trainers

Short story to be published in a collection of critical researchers imagining liberatory futures.

Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Fall 2021

Boughs of Holly

My first pro-rate flash fiction can be found here.

Daily Science Fiction, December 2020

Teaching

Courses

I teach graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Nevada, Reno focused on racism, colonialism, difference, gender, and culture in communication.

Media Appearances

I have appeared in podcasts and video panels about dystopia and futurisms, race and campus climate, and the futures of feminism.

Art

Performance

I am a singer, actor, and director. Although opportunities are rare in COVID times, my current virtual performances can be found here.

Photography

All of the photography from the website is my own. Here I’ve collected the featured images.

For Further Information

See my academic profiles at The University of Nevada, Reno, Academia, or ResearchGate.

Contact Me

Mail Stop 0229
1664 N. Virginia Street
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89519
USA