Sheena Howard, Ph.D.

Sheena Howard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor II of Communication

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Sheena C. Howard, Ph.D., is one of Rider’s most outspoken voices in print, online and on air. Author of Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation (2013), Black Queer Identity Matrix (2014), Critical Articulations of Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation (2014), Encyclopedia of Black Comics (2017) and co-writer of Superb, a critically acclaimed comic book about a superhero with Down syndrome. She is the director, writer and producer of Remixing Colorblind, a documentary about the ways in which the educational system shapes our perception of race and “others.” She has appeared as a guest on networks such as PBS, NPR and ABC.


  • Howard University, Ph.D. in Intercultural and Rhetoric Communication (2010)
  • New York Institute of Technology, Master of Arts in Graphic Design (2007)
  • Iona College, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration

Honors and Awards

  • Proclamation from the City of Philadelphia for literary and social justice work
  • Eisner Award at the San Diego Comic Convention for her comic book Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation; first black female to win an Eisner for a comic book
  • KYW Women of Excellence Award Recipient (2019)
  • WDAS Women of Excellence Award Recipient (2019)
  • The Book Bank Foundation, Hero Award (2019)
  • Named 2018 American Library Associations’ Outstanding Reference Source for Encyclopedia of Black Comics
  • Named Library Journals’ 2017 Best Reference Title for Encyclopedia of Black Comics
  • 2018 PubWest Best Book Design Award (Gold Medalist), for Encyclopedia of Black Comics


National Communication Association