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Recent Faculty Publications on spirituality, myth, and activism

Assistant Professor, Robert Gutierrez-Perez has recently published articles centering on issues of spiritual activism, actual spirits, and the storytelling surrounding them.

“Bailando Con Las Sombras: Spiritual Activism and Soul Healing in the War Years” is co-authored with Dr. Luis Manuel Andrade and is published in Qualitative Inquiry. By utilizing performative writing and personal narrative, this poetic essay dives into the personal and collective trauma of the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. As part of a special issue on Pulse, the co-authors (re)perform the dialogue and queer of color worldmaking that emerged from their frantic text messages to each other in the aftermath of this horrific moment in the Latinx and/or LGBTQ community. We argue that spiritual activism in the form of soul healing and radical interconnectedness is one path of many to consider for those who continue to question if their bodies matter in this political moment in culture and society.

“Sarah Winchester & the Winchester Mystery House, or Confronting the Ghosts of Genocide & White Guilt” is published in CHEERS FROM THE WASTELAND. This journal is a place-based journal that features creative work “by people with ties (loose, iron strong, and everything in-between!) to San Jose, California. Through words, images, and sounds, this journal aims to add contours to the wasteland, and surface the undeniable beauty–both underlying and blatant–that sets our city apart.” This piece utilizes monster theory to interrogate and analyze the myths and legends surrounding of Sarah Winchester and the Winchester Mystery House.

Recent Faculty Publications

Research faculty in the Department of Communication Studies have been busy with publishing articles.  Over Spring/Summer 2017, the following have been published:

Dr. Sarah Blithe continues to work on her research related to legal brothels in Nevada with this article in Human Relations:

Blithe, S.J. & Wolfe, A. (2017). Embracing Opportunities for Work-life “Balance” in Legal Sex Work: Managing Stigma and Lockdown. Human Relations, 70 (6), 725-750. doi:  10.1177/0018726716674262.

Dr. Blithe has also published on the service learning work her students participate in with the COM 412 Intercultural Communication course:

Blithe, S.J. (2016). Teaching Intercultural Communication through Service-Learning.  Communication Teacher, 30(3), 165-171.

Dr. Robert Gutierrez-Perez has been working on a few projects related to the writings of Gloria Anzaldua, and recently published a book review on Light in the Dark/Luz en lo Oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality by Gloria E. Anzaldúa and edited by AnaLouise Keating  in the journal Women’s Studies in Communication

Communication students win awards!

Communication Studies students received a few awards and recognition in Spring 2017.

Morgan Smith won the Graduate Dean’s Merit Scholarship;

Madison Thorpe won the SSRJS Outstanding Student Award for 2016-2017;

Claire Santamaria won the Communication Studies Outstanding Student Award for 2016-2017

Congratulations to our outstanding students!

Changes in the Communication Studies Department

Fall 2017 brings some changes to our Communication Studies department.

Undergraduates will see a recognized face in a new role with Amy Arias taking over student advising duties along with Saralinda Kiser.

Gwen Hullman has taken a new job opportunity in Ohio, and in her place, Dr. Sandy Ott from Basque Studies has been appointed interim Department Chair for this academic year.  You can read more about Dr. Ott here:

Jenna Hanchey joins as new assistant professor

The Department of Communication Studies welcomes Assistant Professor Jenna N. Hanchey, who comes to us from finishing her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Hanchey studies the politics of international aid and assistance, focusing primarily on organizations that work in and with Sub-Saharan African communities. Her work draws from postcolonial, decolonial, and poststructural theories, and aims to interrogate how the neocolonial foundations of aid interact with embodied intercultural relationships, in order to decolonize Western-African relations. Dr. Hanchey will be teaching courses such as Small Group Communication, Gender & Communication, and Difference & Communication.

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