Daina Nathaniel, Ph.D.

Daina Nathaniel

Associate Professor, Knight School of Communication


A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Daina Nathaniel's research interests center around Caribbean issues, particularly with respect to culture, identity and nationhood. More recently she has been exploring how the Caribean diaspora use social media to create a sense of connection to their various homelands.

Her primary research area is cultural studies, which looks at the relationships between cultures within societies, issues of power and domination, the postcolonial experience, issues of race and ethnicity between disparate groups, and all the attendant challenges that arise as people try to find a sense of place within their various environments: home, school, work, church, community and nation.

She has taught a variety of courses, including Intercultural Communication, Communication Research Methods, Persuasion and a host of writing courses. Currently, she coordinates the capstone experience for graduating seniors that provides students with the opportunity to showcase what they have learned about the communication discipline in the Knight School, as well as to give back to the community through service.

She is a graduate of Queens and is passionate about what the university has to offer students in the areas of global thinking and civic engagement within a progessive academic environment.


Ph.D., Mass Communication, Florida State University
M.A., Communication, Wake Forest University
B.A., Communication, Queens University of Charlotte

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