"When you control a man's thinking you, do not have to worry about his actions."
Carter G. Woodson ("The Mis-Education of the Negro")
Arnetta Smith is a professor of Ethnic Studies at Fullerton College in Orange County, California. She received bachelor of arts in Africana Studies and her masters of Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University. Her thesis, entitled "From the Margins: Representations of Africana Queer Women in Media", examines the representation of Africana Queer Masculine of Center (MOC) women in film and television from 1994 to 2014. She argued that the majority of media representations of Africana Queer MOC women were influenced by and constructed as a combination of historically racist and gendered Black tropes. She focused on characters’ gender presentations and social positions within their professional and personal relationships to decode and reveal messages that unearthed the ways in which Black MOC lesbians uniquely portrayed negative images of Black womanhood and Black masculinity. She also developed a character typology based on her findings that depicted Africana female masculinity that blended both female and male Black gendered stereotypes.
As a professor, she is committed to student equity, access and success. Her courses are designed with the intentions of providing an inclusive and holistic education aimed at psychological and community liberation. She blends traditional and new media to create a transformative 21st century learning environment and provides a culture that fosters interactive participation.