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Dr. Manoucheka Celeste’s National Communications Award

Manoucheka Celeste, Assistant Professor in both the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research & the African American Studies Program at the University of Florida, recently received the 2018 Diamond Anniversary Book Award from the National Communication Association (NCA).

Given annually, the award honors the most outstanding scholarly book(s) published during the previous two years. Dr. Celeste’s book, Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the African Diaspora: Traveling Blackness (Routledge, 2017), is a timely, multi-method exploration of citizenship, immigration, and belonging. Providing a portrait of blackness as multiple and complex through interviews, news frames, and popular media, Dr. Celeste breaks us out of our expected narratives of black migration and binary thinking to foreground Haiti, Cuba, and South Florida.

“NCA’s annual awards honor communication scholars’ teaching, scholarship, and service,” NCA Executive Director Trevor Parry-Giles said. “Dr. Celeste’s contributions to the communication discipline are noteworthy, and NCA is proud to recognize them with this award.”
Dr. Celeste’s award was presented on November 10 at the NCA 104th Annual Convention in Salt Lake City. For more information about NCA’s awards program, visit

Congratulations, Dr. Celeste.