Josh Schuschke
Josh  Schuschke

Josh Schuschke

Cohort: 2015

Rossier Dean's Fellowship

University of Louisville, M.A. Pan-African Studies, 2015

University of Louisville, B.S. Pan-African Studies, minor Justice Administration, 2013


Educational Psychology

Research Interest

Racial identity, Intersectionality, Social Media, Digital Equity, Social Justice

Josh Schuschke

Josh Schuschke is a graduate research assistant for Dr. Brendesha Tynes at the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education.  Josh came to USC from his hometown school, the University of Louisville.  Earning both his Bachelor's and Master's in Pan-African Studies at UofL, Josh's Master's thesis developed a theoretical framework of online racial identity development for African American students using social media platform affordances.  Looking to build on his work, Josh uses qualitative methods to explore how social and popular media influences Black student identity.

In addition to his scholarly work, Josh also has worked as a community and campus organizer, particularly as an advocate in the movement for Black lives.  Social justice advocacy is important to Josh's work, as he feels there is a great need for marginalized groups to have their voices heard in academic circles and in society at large.


Professional Experience:

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Southern California (2015-Present).

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Louisville (2013-2015)- Introduction to Pan African Studies (PAS 200), African American Music History (PAS/MUH 214), African American Education (PAS 335), Women in American Culture (WGST 201).

Honors and Awards:

2015- Dr. B. Folasade Iyun Award, Department of Pan African Studies, University of Louisville.

2015- Cultural Center Advocacy Award, University of Louisville.

2015- National Association of Black Journalists Contributor Award, Department of Communications, University of Louisville.

2015- Graduate Dean's Citation, University of Louisville.

2013- Nancy Pollack Memorial Award, Department of Pan African Studies, University of Louisville.

Selected Publications

  • Schuschke, J. C. (2015). #SayItLoud: Securing racial & academic identities for African American students through social media. Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2136.
  • Tynes, B. M., Schuschke, J., & Noble, S. U. (2016). Digital intersectionality theory and the #Blacklivesmatter Movement. In S. Noble & Tynes, B. (Eds) The Intersectional Internet. New York, NY: Peter Lang  
  • Schuschke, J. & Tynes, B. M. (2016). Online community empowerment, emotional connection and love in the #Blacklivesmatter Movement. In S. Y. Tettegah (Ed.) Emotions, Technology, and Social Media. London, UK: Academic Press.

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