Vanessa Quainoo

Rev. Dr. Vanessa Wynder Quainoo

  • Director, Associate Professor
  • Professor of Communication Studies; Africana Studies; The Rhetoric of the African American Church and West African Communication
  • Phone: 401.874.2536
  • Email: vquainoo@mail.uri.edu
  • Office Location: African and African-American Studies
    102H Lippitt Hall
    5 Lippitt Road
    URI
    Kingston, RI 02881

Biography

Dr. Vanessa Wynder Quainoo is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Departments of Communication Studies and Africana Studies. Dr. Quainoo’s primary interests are social rhetoric and race discourse. She has a profound regard for the power of the spoken word and the speaker’s ability to create community and shared justice.

Along with her Communication degrees, Dr. Quainoo has a degree in theology and sustained interest in the African American Church. She is an ordained minister and serves as a consultant for many Church organizations within the African American Faith Community. An international director for a West African women’s empowerment organization, Dr. Quainoo travels extensively to West Africa. At present, her research includes the analysis of sermonic texts by African American women clergy and the role of the African American spiritual in the works of Maya Angelou.

She is also the author of CRY ELMINA, an exploration of the socio-psychological and personal stresses of Africans who were captured and held in the dungeon imprisonment of the Elmina Castle in Elmina, West Africa. Those who survived Elmina were shipped on the trans-atlantic journey to the Americas and Europe and sold into slavery. Dr. Quainoo has performed excerpts of CRY ELMINA at several universities, conferences and most recently in Ghana at the Elmina Castle as a part of the 50th year independence celebration of the nation of Ghana.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • M.A., Western Illinois University, Illinois
  • B.A., Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

Publications

Dr. Quainoo is the author of CRY ELMINA, an exploration of the socio-psychological and personal stresses of Africans who were captured and held in the dungeon imprisonment of the Elmina Castle in Elmina, West Africa. Those who survived Elmina were shipped on the trans-atlantic journey to the Americas and Europe and sold into slavery. Dr. Quainoo has performed excerpts of CRY ELMINA at several universities, conferences and most recently in Ghana at the Elmina Castle as a part of the 50th year independence celebration of the nation of Ghana.

Church

Rev. Dr. Vanessa Quainoo is the senior pastor of New Covenant Church International.

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