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Margena Christian, EdD




Building & Room:

2011 UH


601 S Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 413-9343



Margena A. Christian’s research interests focus on the intersections of the role of the media in education, Black popular culture and historical inquiry.

She developed and designed, in 2016, UIC's first-ever ENGL 383: Writing for Digital and New Media course along with ENGL 381: Advanced Professional Writing, both in the Professional Writing concentration. Other courses of instruction that Christian teaches or has taught include the following: Introduction to Academic Writing, Academic Writing 1 and Media/Professional Writing. She also is an instructor with the UIC Summer Enrichment Writing Workshop (SEWW).

As a 2017 UIC recipient of the Lecturers' Distinguished Teaching Award for English Studies, she currently serves as Assistant Director of the First-Year Writing Program. The St. Louis native earned a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications (concentration journalism), along with a certification in Creative and Professional Writing, from St. Louis University. A 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient at National Louis University (NLU), she earned both a master's degree and a doctorate at NLU.

Christian is a former Senior Editor and Senior Writer with the pioneering, African-American monthly EBONY magazine. She is the only editor in the history of Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) to have written for EBONY, JET, EBONY Man, EBONY South Africa, EBONY Fashion Fair and She compiled the history for EBONY Fashion Fair, JPC's pioneering traveling fashion show, and was the last editor at JPC to have worked with late publishing magnate John H. Johnson, founder of JPC, before leaving the company in 2014.

Articles written by Christian about John H. Johnson and Eunice W. Johnson are forthcoming on American National Biography (Oxford University Press 2019). Excerpts of JET magazine stories she authored have been used in academic textbooks, including Ideas & Details: A Guide to College WritingMaking Media Work: Cultures of Management in the Entertainment Industries and in Magazine Writing.

Selected Publications