Faculty & Staff

University of Michigan BA in Communicaiton and Political Science 

University of Michigan BA in Journalism 

Bowling Green State University PhD in American Culture Studies; certificate in Ethnic Studies  

Before becoming a film and media studies scholar, Dr. Yaquinto was a former advertising and publishing executive, journalist and freelance writer. She has authored or co-authored several books and articles, including a study of the sociocultural roots and impact of gangster films, the diasporic themes in the films of Merzak Allouache, the race factor underscoring the many crimefighter roles of Denzel Washignton, cinema as political activism using the 1973 film The Spook Who Sat by the Door about a planned African American rebellion, and a forthcoming book about the interplay between politics and film/TV roles that celebrate the rogue or maverick as the quintessential American hero. Dr. Yaquinto also shares in the Pulitzer Prize awarded the Los Angeles Times for its spot news reporting of the Los Angeles riots in 1992 following the acquittal of the police charged with beating motorist Rodney King.