Gabriel B. Tait
Associate Professor Multimedia Journalism/Photojournalism, Arkansas State University
Gabriel B. Tait is fascinated with transforming how people see the world they live in. This fascination has resulted in him earning his Ph.D. and M.A. in Intercultural Studies (Visual Anthropology/Visual Communication) from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Photojournalism from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.
As an assistant professor of multimedia journalism at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Dr. Tait now incorporates his 25-plus years as a photojournalist (which included covering news events around the world for the Detroit Free Press and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch) into his classroom. He mentors and teaches his students to embrace and seek to understand the world they live in. This process of “seeing” is his goal in visually developing his students.
Academically, Dr. Tait has published a number of journal articles and book chapters including: “The Missionary and the Camera: Developing an Ethic for Contemporary Missionary Photographers,” and “Understanding the Importance of Diversity in Missions: An African American Perspective.” He is also the creator of the visual research methodology called, “Sight Beyond My Sight” (SBMS). SBMS uses ethnographic photography to learn about local cultures from members within the culture. His method is currently being used in mission studies, visual anthropology, and photojournalism research.
His research interests include visual research methods, visual communication, photojournalism, missionary photography, cultural representation, African and African-American history, hip-hop studies, and aesthetic theology.