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Armond Towns

Associate Professor
    Phone:613-520-2600, ext. 1136
    Building:Richcraft Hall, Room 4213
    Department:School of Journalism and Communication


    Armond R. Towns is an associate professor in Communication and Media Studies. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Communication.

    Research Interests

    Dr. Towns’s work brings together Black studies, cultural studies, and media philosophy. His current book, On Black Media Philosophy, is scheduled for publication in early 2022 from the University of California Press. In it, he examines a variety of topics, from the work of Charles Darwin to the narratives of enslaved people on the Underground Railroad to the speeches and writings of the Black Panther Party to the digital animations of police violence.

    Prior to joining Carleton University, Dr. Towns taught at the University of Denver and the University of Richmond. At the University of Richmond, Dr. Towns’s research, teaching, and service led to him coauthoring the proposal to establish the university’s first Africana Studies Program, approved in 2020. Currently, Dr. Towns is developing a project on the relationship between the history of communication studies and the history of Black studies, focusing specifically on the development of both fields in U.S. and Canada.

    Selected Publications

    • “Black Studies and/as Media Theory: A Conversation with Armond Towns,” Canadian Journal of Communication 46.1 (2021).
    • Black Studies is for Everyone,” Oxford University Press Blog (2020).
    • “Toward a Black Media Philosophy,” Cultural Studies 34.6 (2020).
    • “Plastic Empowerment: Financial Literacy and Black Economic Life,” with Carolyn Hardin, American Quarterly 71.4 (2019).
    • “The ‘Lumpenproletariat’s Redemption,’” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society 19.1 (2017).