Shanelle Matthews

Distinguished Lecturer

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Black Liberation
  • Narrative Power
  • Rhetoric of Social Movements





Shanelle Matthews


Shanelle Matthews collaborates with social justice activists, organizations, and campaigns to inspire action and build narrative power for social justice and liberation. She recently completed her tenure as the Movement for Black Lives communications director. She founded Radical Communicators Network (RadComms)—a global community of practice for social movement communications workers, and is a former faculty of Resistance Narratives at The New School. Shanelle is a Distinguished Lecturer at City College at the City University of New York. She is co-editor of a forthcoming anthology that details world-building narrative campaigns and strategies led by social movement communications workers in the 21st century.


B.A. Louisiana State University


  • Narrative Power in the Black Radical Tradition
  • Resistance Narratives from 21st-Century Social Movements

Research Interests

Narrative Power, Black Liberation, Rhetoric of Social Movements, U.S. leftist social movements