Professional Summary

Hello, my name is Aisha Powell and I am a researcher, journalist and business owner! I am currently a professor/instructor at Howard University teaching speech 101. I am also a third-year Ph.D. student at Howard University. My work explores culture in new media technologies and black representation in foreign countries around the world. I'm interested in "cancel/call-out" culture, black people's migration to Russia and the Soviet Union, and all things black feminist thought.


Qualitative Research  Writing     InDesign    Field Research    Journalism Communications  Diversity & Inclusion  Invivio   Copy Editing

Quantitative Research  Historical Analysis    Data Collection    Mixed Methodology    Copy Editing   Strategic Planning


2019- Current

Howard University

Doctor of Philosophy - Communications, Culture and Media Studies - GPA 4.0


Columbia University

Master of Science - Journalism - GPA 4.0

Thesis: Riker’s; An Aerial View Inside the Belly of the Beast


Pennsylania State University

Bachelor of Art – Print Journalism

Minor: Innovative Entrepreneurship

Research Experience

June 2020 - Current


Junior consultant for the UNAIDS working on various reports regarding the status of children around the world with HIV/AIDS. Data specialist on upcoming report about the inequalities South African sex workers with HIV/AIDS and their children face due to their stigmatized professions.

June 2020 - Current

Air Traffic Organization: Federal Aviation Administration Diversity and Inclusion Department - Researcher

Working to support the communication and promotion efforts of the D&I team, to include D&I Quick reference guide, develop various communications platforms and support diverse team initiatives.

Jan 2020 - June 2020

Center for Educational Improvements/Yale University Initiative - Research Assistant

Researching information on K-12 youth mental health and childhood trauma for a monthly newsletter, blog posts and CEI tool kits​.

Teaching Experience

2019- Current

Professor/ Instructor

Full-time instructor for speech 101 class at Howard University!

Dec 2020 - July 2021

Teaching Assistant

Teaching assistant at the Jan and Niles Learning Center in Rockland County.



Full-time volunteer for AmeriCorps at the New Jersey Community Development Corporations - Paterson School No. 5 location.

Writing Experience

July 2021 - Current


Weekend and night writer for online platform that focuses on Black culture, entertainment and breaking news.

January 2019 - March 2020

The Black Detour

Contributing staff writer for online news platform focused on black issues including politics, lifestyle, history and breaking news.

June 2017 - December 2019

Bronze Magazine

Writer for an online magazine that focuses on lifestyle topics related to women of color;

primary focus on the history of African American culture, beauty trends, food and recipes and fitness/health.

January 2020 - August 2020

USA Today - The Journal News/LoHud

Rockland county education reporter covering the eight public school districts in the county.

September 2018- November 2018

Miami Herald

Breaking news reporter for the Miami Herald covering crime, health care, Little Haiti and social issues

June 2018 - August 2018

Forbes Media

A member of Forbes Media’s education team focused on the Top Colleges project for 2018.