Christina Black

Christina Black, PhD

Adjunct Instructor
Academic AreaBusiness Communication
Academic AreaLaw & Ethics
Academic AreaManagement & Organization

Christina Black, PhD (English Language and Literature, Cornell University), teaches managerial communication with a focus on persuasion, ethics, and intercultural communication. Her research encompasses the history of rhetoric, figures of speech related to the body and waste, espionage, and the origins of modern commerce. 

Dr. Black is an Assistant Professor of Commerce at the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, taught at Cornell University, and coached executive MBA students at UVa's Darden School of Business. She has published numerous cases; translated business research into popular press articles; and designed education materials with clients, including the prison business education program Resilience Education, the leadership coaching platform BetterUp, and the Warrior-Scholar Project. In addition to her work in academia, she has worked in finance, nonprofits, and startups.   

Outside the United States, Dr. Black has lived and worked in Italy, South Korea, Poland, Germany, Serbia, England, and France. 


  • 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.