Katrina is an activist scholar who is interested broadly in media, race, sexuality, and gender. Specifically, her research interests are in: Black Twitter, social media and culture, African American cinema, race and identity in television and popular culture, sports media, and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). She is a native of Indianapolis, IN and received her doctorate from The Media School at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN in August 2019. Her dissertation was titled: Doin' it for the Culture: Defining Blackness, Culture, and Identity on Black Twitter. Katrina received a MS in Mass Communications with a specialization in News Media Management from Oklahoma State University in 2011 and her BA in Mass Communications with a minor in Broadcast Journalism from an HBCU, Rust College, in Holly Springs, MS in 2009.
She has taught several courses at Indiana University, East Tennessee State University (online) and the University of Indianapolis. Some of the courses include: Digital Media Management and Applications, Reporting, Writing, and Editing, Race, Gender, and the Media, Public Speaking, Media and Society, and Social CRM in Digital Media. Additionally, she has served as an Assistant Instructor for Visual Communications, Design and Production, and Media and a Diverse Society. Katrina also worked as a part-time graduate assistant at the Center for Innovation Teaching and Learning (CITL) and the Black Film Center/Archive (BFC/A) at IU.
In the News
December 3, 2021
Growing faculty diversity
RIT has modernized its approach to recruiting faculty members to improve representation. Assistant Professor Eli Borrego, pictured above, is an expert in the genetics and biochemistry of plant-microbe and plant-insect communication and ecology, and he was introduced to RIT through the Future Faculty Career Exploration Program.
December 3, 2021
Podcast: Building A Diverse Faculty at RIT
Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 53: RIT is diversifying its faculty in many ways, and the Future Faculty Career Exploration Program is one of the most important avenues for doing so. Katrina Overby, assistant professor in RIT’s School of Communication and a past participant in the program, talks with Donathan Brown, assistant provost and assistant vice president for faculty diversity and recruitment, about why the program is seen as a model nationally in launching the careers of underrepresented scholars.
September 23, 2021
‘Digital Dares’: TikTok challengers risk danger, destruction for a chance to be included, noticed
WROC-TV talks to Katrina Overby, assistant professor in the School of Communication, about the uptick in "digital dares."
June 9, 2022
Overby co-authors article on storyworlding methodology
April 15, 2022
Overby co-authors chapter in ‘Black Sisterhoods’ book
April 5, 2022
Overby presents on Black female athletes
March 1, 2022
Overby discusses film ‘Harder They Fall’