African American Studies

Dr. Elizabeth (Liz Desnoyers-Colas)

Assistant Professor, Communication
Jenkins Hall 101

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to African American History (AFAS 2000)
  • Communication Between the Genders (Comm 5600U)
  • Nonverbal Communication, (Comm. 5200U)
  • Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace (Comm. 5050U)
  • Introduction to Public Speaking (Comm. 2280)
  • Interpersonal Communication in Small Groups (Comm. 3050)

Academic Profile

  • Ph.D in Communication:  Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
    • Emphasis: Intercultural/International Communication
  • MA in Communication: Regent University, Virginia Beach, Va.
    • Emphasis: Creative Writing/Journalism
  • B.A. in Mass Media/Journalism, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WN

Research Interests

  • Narrative and  Story telling in the African American Community
  • African American Language/Code Switching 
  • Racial/social Identity
  • Womanism/Black Feminism
  • African American Music
  • African American Theater


  • Marching asto War: Personal Narratives of African American Women’s Experiences in the Gulf Wars. Lanham, MD,:  University Press of America(Scheduled for publication summer 2011)
  • Sista MC Droppin’ Rhymes with a Beat:  Rap, Rhetoric and Resistance.Published Feb 2009, VDM Verlag Publications: Germany.
  • Bridge over Troubled Waters: The Cross Cultural Appeal of Thomas A. Dorsey’s Signature Songs.” Co-written chapter in More Than Precious Memories,” The Rhetoric of Southern Gospel Music. Macon, Ga., Mercer University Press 2004.