Brandy Monk-Payton is a media and black cultural studies scholar specializing in the study of race and representation across television, film, and digital media. She is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University.

Brandy obtained her Ph.D. in Modern Culture and Media at Brown University where she was a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow and Graduate Fellow at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. She completed an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Dartmouth College in June 2017. Her work has been published in the journals Celebrity Studies, Communication, Culture and Critique, Film QuarterlyFeminist Media HistoriesWomen’s Studies in Communication, The Black Scholar, and Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, as well as various edited book collections.

She is currently working on two book projects: a monograph on television and Black Lives Matter as well as a monograph on blackness and celebrity.