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Vanessa Quainoo

Vanessa Wynder Quainoo, Ph.D.

Chief Intercultural Engagement Officer
Associate Professor of Communication

On Faculty since 2022




Ph.D., Rhetoric
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, Massachusetts

M.A., Oral Performance
Western Illinois University
Macomb, Illinois

B.A., Speech Communication
Wheaton College
Wheaton, Illinois

2021 University Lifetime Achievement Award
For Excellence in Teaching, Mentoring and Promoting Diversity
University of Rhode Island
This award is granted by the President of the University in recognition of sustained contributions to the University. Given annually, it is one of the University’s highest and most respected awards.

2020 Inaugural Department Chair
Africana Studies
University of Rhode Island
This recognition acknowledges Dr. Quainoo’s leadership in Navigating the Afro-American Program that existed at the University for twenty-five years into the Africana Studies Department. Gaining departmental status was a long, arduous journey. Dr. Quainoo was at the helm for twelve years. She led the Interdisciplinary team of Faculty who submitted an in-depth proposal to petition successfully for the change from program to department.

2022 When All Hearts and Minds Are Clear Lessons We Can Learn About Conflict Management in the African American Church (Under Review, Journal of Conflict Management)

2021 Conversations on Race George Floyd and the African American Rhetorical Response (University of Rhode Island Printing)

2021 African American Women Clergy and Their Sermons – A Rhetorical Analysis (Under Review, Church, Communication and Culture Journal)

2020 Cry Elmina (Readers’ Theater Presentation at The University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana)

2020 Asomdwee: What Can the Interpersonal Communication Practices of West African Conflict Management Teach Us (Lecture Presented at The Harrington Forum of Faculty Research Presentations at The Harrington School of Communication & Media at The University of Rhode Island – Dr. Scott Kushner, Facilitator)

2019 Asomdwee Lessons From West African Interpersonal Conflict Communication (Paper Presented at the BRIDGE Conference, Accra, Ghana)

2017 Asomdwee (West African term meaning ‘Harmonious Peace’), The Praxis of Peace in West African Conflict Management (Paper Presented at the BRIDGE Conference, Accra, Ghana)

2016 Cry Elmina (Readers’ Theater Presentation at The Elmina Slave Castle Museum, Elmina, Ghana)

2015 Negotiating the Intercultural Moment – Study Abroad and Conflict Mediation between African American and African Students: A Case Study (Journal of Intercultural Communication Studies)