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Part-Time Faculty Member, Psychology 

Pictured is Autumn Redcross, Ph.D. Photo by Emma Federkeil.Contact Information


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Duquesne University
  • Master of Science, Leadership, Duquesne University
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, West Chester University

Courses Taught

  • Human Capital
  • Oral Communication
  • Theories of Personality
  • Sex, Gender & Identity Politics
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Sociological Foundations
  • The African American Experience


Autumn Redcross, Ph.D., is a part-time faculty member of psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences at Point Park University. Redcross has also served as a part-time instructor at Slippery Rock University and Duquesne University. While completing her coursework at Duquesne University, Redcross served as the inaugural Gaultier Community-Engaged Teaching Fellow to the Community Engagement Teaching and Learning Center. She also trained as a Democratic Conversations Coordinator through Everyday Democracy and completed her certification as an Inside/Out pedagogy instructor. Additionally, Redcross attended the International Institute for Restorative Practices in Bethlehem, Pa., which added to her interest in democratic education, community-trauma informed engagement and restorative justice.

Research Interests

  • Restorative Justice
  • Black Existentialism
  • Democratic Engagement


  • Redcross, A. (forthcoming) “The Talk”: The Transference of Black Body Memory, In Logic of Racial Practices (n.p.). Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield.
  • Redcross, A., (2016). Death Passes Twice. In Our Black Sons Mater: Mothers Talk About Fears, Sorrows, and Hopes (pp. 151–154). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Cole, B., & Redcross, A. (2008). African Americans in Sewickley Valley. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub.


Selected Conference Presentations

  • “Black Body Memory: A Phenomenology of Narrative,” The 58th Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, October 2019.
  • “Authentically Speaking: Decolonizing Public Speaking Rhetoric,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2019.
  • "Alexander Hamilton and the Sankofa Effect," Pennsylvania Conference Association, September 2016.
  • "Silence in the Shadow of Justice," Rhetorical Society of America conference, May 2016.
  • Moderator, National Higher Education in Prison Conference, November 2015.
  • “Passing in Reverse: The Transracial Identity of Rachel Dolezal,” Pennsylvania Conference Association, October 2015.
  • "The Talk as Transference of Black Body Memory: Black Mother to My Black Son," Philosophy of Communication Conference, June 2015.

Community Leadership

  • Community Advisory Board: Thriving Respite, March 2019-present
  • Board of Trustees, Sewickley Public Library, June 2014-June 2018
  • Director, Juneteenth in Sewickley, June 2009-June 2015
  • Summer Programs Manager, Sewickley Community Center, Summers 2008-2017

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