Ricardo Guthrie, PhD

Ricardo Guthrie Director and Associate Professor
Northern Arizona University
Ethnic Studies
Blg SBS West Bldg 70 Rm #100D
Phone: 928-523-5946


  • African American
  • Diaspora Studies
  • the Black Press
  • Race
  • Media
  • Communication


Dr. Ricardo Guthrie is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at NAU and Faculty in Residence for the Ernest Calderón Learning Community.  He examines political narratives of the Black Press, African-Diaspora studies, and writes about cinema as cultural political artifacts. While on sabbatical he is researching the life and influence of Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett and the San Francisco Sun-Reporter (1945-1966). Currently a member of the Working Group on Emergent Indigenous Identities at NAU and the University of Wollongong, Australia, he is an editor of the Journal of Global Indigeneity, and The InternationalJournal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts. 

Recent Publications

“Reading Radmilla: The Semiotics of Self (Black and Navajo),” in The Politics of Identity: Emerging Indigeneity (2013) 

“Minstrelsy and Mythic Appetites: The Last King of Scotland’s Heart of Darkness in the Jubilee Year of African Independence,” in Hollywood’s Africa After 1994 (2012)

"The Real Ghosts in the Machine: The Haunting of Racial Space in DETROPIA and I, Robot," in Afrofuturism 2.0, Vol. I(forthcoming: 2015).

Links to Prof. Guthrie’s artwork and research activities