Dr. Briana Barner is a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland. She received a doctorate in Radio-Television-Film and a doctoral portfolio in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Texas. Briana also earned a Master’s in Women’s and Gender Studies from UT. She is an interdisciplinary critical and cultural communications scholar with research interests in Black podcasts, digital and Black feminism, digital media, social media as a tool for social justice and activism and the representation of marginalized people, specifically Black girls and women, in popular culture and media. Under the mentorship of Dr. Anita Atwell Seate, Briana will work on several projects, including journal articles and a book manuscript about the cultural production of Black podcasts. Briana is a proud native of the Southside of Chicago and alumna of Bennett College, a small women’s HBCU in Greensboro, NC.