Christina Black

Christina Black

Assistant Professor of Practice
Academic AreaBusiness Communication
Academic AreaLaw & Ethics
Academic AreaManagement & Organization

Christina Black, PhD (English Language and Literature, Cornell University), joined the Carey Business School in 2019 as an Assistant Professor. 

Previously, she wrote cases, translated research for popular press articles, and coached executive MBA students on writing and argumentation at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. She has designed business education materials with a range of clients including the prison education program Resilience Education and the leadership coaching platform BetterUp. She has experience across a range of industries, including finance, non-profits, and start-ups. 

She also designed and taught writing courses on espionage and waste at Cornell University. Her research interests include the history of rhetoric, corporeal figures of speech, and inter-cultural communication.

Outside the US, she has lived and worked in Italy, Poland, Germany, Serbia, France, the UK, and South Korea.


  • PhD, English Language and Literature, Cornell University
  • MA, English Language and Literature, Cornell University
  • MS, English Literature 1660-1830, University of Oxford
  • BA, English Language and Literature, Barnard College, Columbia University 


Working papers
  • Black, C. (Forthcoming 2021). Anne Finch, Alexander Pope, and the melancholy spleen of playwriting. Women’s theater theory and dramatic criticism, eds. Burroughs C. and Gainor J.E. Routledge.
  • Black, C. (In revision). Feminine contamination: Kristeva, Swift, Montagu, and the limits of close reading waste. 


  • Business Communication
  • Business Leadership and Human Values

Honors and distinctions

  • Teaching Innovation Fund Award, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, 2019-2020
  • Knight Institute for Writing Peer Collaboration Grant, Cornell University, 2015
  • The Burns Society Prize for Best Paper, 2008

In the media

  • Detert, J., Bruno, E., Black, C. (2018). Courage in the workplace: Employee behavior that is linked to success. Darden Ideas to Action. Featured on Forbes India (Feb. 4, 2019).
  • Bourgeois, J. & Black, C. (2017). Darden’s eastern philosophy class yields three key insights for business leaders. Darden Ideas to Action. Featured on UVA Today.
  • Bruner, R. & Black, C. (2017). A U.S. presidential leadership lesson: Optimism. Darden Ideas to Action. Featured on UVA Today.
  • Black, C. (2015). On giving a shit: A book review of Peter Smith’s between two stools. Featured Read on Arts and Letters Daily.