Key Rhodes

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Class Year: 
2019
Area of Study: 
Visual Culture, Affect Theory, Social Movements, Aesthetics and Politics
Student Status: 
Graduate alumni

Keyaria “Key” Rhodes is a recent graduate from the masters program. She also holds a graduate certificate from the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality at Columbia University along with Advanced Research Certification from the University of Washington.

Her primary research focuses on Visual Culture and Media Studies by historicizing the ways in which photography has been and continues to be deployed as a strategic approach to combat anti-Black racism and patriarchy. Key was awarded the Langston Hughes Thesis Award for the Humanities. She intends to pursue her PhD to expand her current project that will include contemporary Black social movements as a particular site of visual and media representation since they inform Black sociality.

Key works for the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity programme where she supports the programme design and development while also leading the team in their assessment activities. She considers herself to be an “academic activist” for social justice issues coming from a background of activism through her leadership in multiple student-led and non-profit organizations. Following her graduate degree, Key endeavors to maintain her work as a collaborator for the Black liberation struggle through activism, research, and community building.