• Ph.D. in Communication Studies, 2009, University of South Florida

  • ​M.A. in Speech Communication, 2003, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Associate Professor of Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication, Department of Communication Studies, University of Alabama

  • Affiliate Faculty, Department of Gender and Race Studies

  • Affiliate Faculty, Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South




Chair, Ethnography Division, National Communication Association (2017-18)

Member, NCA Research Board, National Communication Association (2017-2019)



Boylorn, R. M. (under contract).  Blackgirl Blue(s). Routledge.

Cooper, B., Morris, S. M., & Boylorn, R. M. (2017). The Crunk Feminist Collection. The Feminist Press.

Boylorn, R. M. (2017/2013).  Sweetwater: Black Women and Narratives of Resilience, Revised Edition. Peter Lang. (Originally published 2013)

​Boylorn, R. M. & Orbe, M. P. (Eds.) (2014). Critical Autoethnography:  Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life. Left Coast Press.


​Book Chapters:


Boylorn, R. M. (forthcoming). "somebody/anybody, sing a black girl's song":  The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as Blackgirl Autoethnography, The Lauryn Hill Reader

Boylorn, R. M. (2017). Unpacking (Un)privilege or Flesh Tones, Red Bones, and Sepia Shades of Brown. In P. Leavy’s (Ed), Privilege Through the Looking-Glass: A Text-Reader on Status
Characteristics in Daily Life, Sense Publishers.

Boylorn, R. M., and Adams, T. E. (2016). Queer and Quare Autoethnography. In N.K. Denzin & M. D. Giardina's (Eds), Qualitative Inquiry Through A Critical Lens, Routledge.

Boylorn, R. M. (2015). "Brains, Booty & All Bizness":  Identity Politics, Ratchet Respectability, and The Real Housewives of Atlanta. In R. Silverman's (Ed), The Fantasy of Reality:  Critical Essays on the Real Housewives, Peter Lang.

Boylorn, R. M. (2014). "My Daddy is Slick, Brown and Cool as Ice Water," In J. Wyatt & T. Adams' (Eds), On (Writing) Families:  Autoethnographies of Absence and Presence, Love and Loss, Sense Publishing.

Boylorn, R. M. & Hopson, M. P. (2014). Learning to Conquer Metaphysical Dilemmas: Womanist and Masculinist Perspectives on Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls. In A. Goldman, V. Ford, A. Harris & N. Howard’s (Eds), Black Women and Popular Culture: The Conversation Continues, Lexington Books.

Boylorn, R. M. (2013).  "Sit With Your Legs Closed!”  And Other Sayin’s From My Childhood.  In S. Holman-Jones, T. Adams & C. Ellis’ (Eds), Handbook of Autoethnography, Left Coast Press​.

Boylorn, R. M. (2013). On Teaching and Telling:  Two Sides of a Teaching (Cassette) Tape.  In C. B. Dillard & C. L. Okpalaoka's (Eds), Engaging Culture, Race and Spirituality iin Education: New Visions, Peter Lang Publishing.

Journal Articles:


Boylorn, R. M. (2017).From Boys to Men:  Hip Hop, Hood Films, and the Performance of Contemporary Black Masculinity, Black Camera, 8(2), 146-164.


Boylorn, R. M. (2016). On Being at Home with Myself: Blackgirl Autoethnography as Research Praxis, International Review of Qualitative Research, 9(1), 44-58.

Boylorn, R. M. (2013). Blackgirl Blogs, Autoethnography and Crunk Feminism, Liminalities, 9(2), 73-82.

Boylorn, R.M. (2012). Dark-skinned love stories, International Review of Qualitative Research, 5(3), 299-309.


​Boylorn, R. M. (2008). As Seen on TV: An Autoethnographic Reflection on Race and Reality Television.  Critical Studies in Media Communication, 25(4), 413-433.

Boylorn, R. M. (2006). E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One, Qualitative Inquiry, 12(4), 651-680.

Digital Scholarship, Blogs, and Public Intellectualism:


See The Crunk Feminist Collective, SlateEbony, The Guardian, Salon, and Gawker

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