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Roslyn M. Satchel

Associate Professor of Communication
Seaver College



Areas of Expertise

  • Cultural, Critical, and Historical Studies of Communication/Media, Religion, and Law
  • Human Rights in Policy Advocacy and Community Organizing
  • Ethics and Intercultural Media Literacy
  • Public Relations Strategies and Tactics

Dr. Roslyn Satchel is a legal, religious, media, and diversity consultant. For nearly ten years prior to entering the Ph.D. program at Louisiana State University, she worked in the human rights community domestically and internationally as a policy advocate and non-profit executive. She served as research director at Howard University’s Center on Child Health Disparities; executive director at the National Center for Human Rights Education; Soros Justice Fellow at the Southern Center for Human Rights; founding board member of the Interfaith Children’s Movement; and founder of DESIST, an advocacy organization for girls in juvenile courts. Her work took her to Ghana, Thailand, India, Kenya, South Africa and Italy as a grantee of organizations including the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute/Soros Foundation, and the Institute for International Education.

Dr. Satchel's many honors include those from Emory University’s Law & Religion Program, Spelman College’s WISDOM Center, and the National Association of Black Social Workers. She has also been named among Ebony Magazine's “30 Young Leaders of the Future,” and media outlets such as CNN, C-SPAN, Newsweek and Essence Magazine have featured her work. 

Dr. Satchel's policy briefs address issues such as child sexual exploitation, conditions of incarceration, indigent defense, and charging and imprisoning children as adults.

Her recent book, What Movies Teach about Race: Exceptionalism, Erasure, & Entitlement , reveals the way that media frames in entertainment content persuade audiences to see themselves and others through a prescriptive lens that favors whiteness. These media representations threaten democracy as conglomeration and convergence concentrate the media's global influence in the hands of a few corporations. By linking film's political economy with the movie content in the most influential films, this critical discourse study uncovers the socially-shared cognitive structures that the movie industry passes down from one generation to another. Roslyn M. Satchel encourages media literacy and proposes an entertainment media cascading network activation theory that uncovers racialized rhetoric in media content that cyclically begins in historic ideologies, influences elite discourse, embeds in media systems, produces media frames and representations, shapes public opinion, and then is recycled and perpetuated generationally."


Full Bio


  • PhD, Louisiana State University
  • JD, Emory University
  • MDiv, Emory University
  • BA, Howard University

Research and Scholarship