Fay Yokomizo AkindesAssociate Professor
Office Hours:MWF 10:30 am to 11:30 am, TR 2 pm to 2:30 pm, and by appointment. Open-door policy - if my door is open, you're welcome to interrupt me.
Comm 295 / Sophomore Seminar – TR 12:30 pm to 1:52 pm
Comm 463 / Gender, Race, Class, & Sexuality in Media – TR 9:30 am to 10:50 am
Comm 366 / Communication & Popular Music – MTWR 9 am to 11:40 am
Comm 295 / Sophomore Seminar – TR 9:30 am to 10:50 am
Comm 460 / Global Media – TR 12:30 pm to 1:52 pm
Fay Yokomizo Akindes is Chair and Associate Professor of the Communication Department, which graduates one of the largest number of students in the College of Arts & Humanities and the university. Her teaching of media, cultural, and ethnic studies is informed by interdisciplinary pedagogical approaches and the belief that education should be critical and transformative. She directed UW-Parkside’s Center for Ethnic Studies for eight years and managed the Summer Institute: Infusing Diversity into the Curriculum from 2007-’10.
Fay was a 2005 Fulbright Scholar at the University of Abomey-Calavi in the Republic of Benin in West Africa. In 2004 she received UW-Parkside’s Stella Gray Teaching Excellence Award and delivered the Winter Commencement Address.
Fay's research problematizes communication, culture and identity in Hawai'i, the United States, and West Africa. Her writing has appeared in Cultural Studies Critical Methodologies, Diegesis, Discourse, and Qualitative Inquiry, and a few book anthologies. Her doctoral dissertation, Hawaiian-Music Radio as Diasporic Habitus was awarded the 1999 Outstanding Dissertation by the National Communication Association's International and Intercultural Communication Division.
Prior to graduate school, she was marketing/promotion director at KPBS-FM (San Diego's public radio station), and promotion/public relations specialist at KGMB-TV (CBS) and KHET (PBS) in Honolulu. She earned a Ph.D. in mass communication and an M.A. in telecommunication management from Ohio University and a B.A. in journalism from the University of Hawaii.
She lives in Kenosha.