Communication Studies

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

November 2021

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Raquel Moreira engaged in a number of activities at the 2021 National Communication Association Annual Convention in Seattle. She presented the following papers:

    • “‘Didn’t She Used to Sell that WAP?’: Cardi B, Clashing Femininities, and Political Discourse on Twitter” in a paper session sponsored by the Feminist and Gender Studies Division
    • “Leaving the Precarious Liberal Arts” in a paper session sponsored by the Economics, Communication, and Society Division

    Additionally, Moreira participated as a panelist in the following:

    • “Pandemic Parenthood: On Academia, Latina Motherhood, Exhaustion, and the Future,” a panel she cowrote with Raisa Alvarado that was cosponsored by the La Raza and Women’s caucuses
    • “Renewing a Commitment to Mentorship in La Raza Caucus,” an annual mentorship panel dedicated to Latina/o/x scholars in all stages of their careers

    Finally, Moreira completed her third and final year as the parliamentarian of the joint business meeting of the Latino/a Communication Studies Division and La Raza Caucus.





  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala’s article titled “Shithole Rhetorics” was the lead article in the August 2021 issue of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication.





  • Professor of Communication Studies Bob Bednar  presented a paper titled “Figuring the Cost of Automobility: Roadside Car Crash Shrines as the Materialization of Collective Trauma” at the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic, and Mobility (T2M) 19th Annual Conference. The conference was hosted in Lisbon, Portugal, but conducted virtually from November 3–5. 





October 2021

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala gave a guest talk at a graduate-level seminar in communication theory at the University of Nevada, Reno. Bahrainwala talked about the role of disability in anti-Muslim sentiment and anti-Blackness. Students read and responded to her “Blind Submission” article, which looks at bizarre videos of blindfolded Muslim men offering hugs to passersby.





  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Raquel Moreira  has won the 2021 Bonnie Ritter Outstanding Feminist Book Award from the National Communication Association’s (NCA’s) Feminist and Gender Studies Division for her book Bitches Unleashed: Performance and Embodied Politics in Favela Funk  (Peter Lang, 2021). The annual award honors a recently published scholarly book in the field of communication that interrogates questions related to feminism, women studies, and gender. Moreira will be presented with the award in November at the NCA 107th Annual Convention in Seattle.





August 2021

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Raquel Moreira has won the 2021 Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender’s Anita Taylor Outstanding Award for her article “De-Whitening Intersectionality through Transfeminismo.”





  • Assistant Professor Rico Self has earned the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender’s Cheris Kramarae Outstanding Dissertation Award for his work “Ties that Bind: Black Familyness and the Politics of Contingent Coalitions.” This brings Self’s awards for his dissertation up to four, and that’s not including the 2021 RSA Dissertation Award Honorable Mention he just received.





July 2021

  • Professor of Communication Studies Bob Bednar presented a paper titled “Communicating with the Dead: Roadside Car Crash Shrines as Platforms for Bridging Time, Distance, and Mortality” at the Distant Communications Virtual Conference, hosted by Midlands4Cities and the Royal Historical Society, on July 21, 2021. This interdisciplinary conference based in the U.K. brought together international scholars interested in contextualizing the remote communication practices necessitated by the pandemic through historical antecedents and material-culture analogues for communicating across spatial, temporal, and cultural distance.





June 2021

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Rico Self had a new essay published in the most recent version of Women’s Studies in Communication. “‘If You Cared about the People, You Would Have Cared about Me’: Constructing Black Trans Allyship in Chasing: Atlanta” draws on Self’s ongoing commitment to coalition building and trans communities.





May 2021

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Rico Self won the Louisiana State University Department of Women and Gender Studies Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2020–2021. His dissertation, “Ties That Bind: Black Familyness and the Politics of Contingent Coalitions,” explores a range of Black coalitions from rhetorical, queer, and gender dimensions. 





  • Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the following awards:

    • 2021 Teaching Awards
      • Tenured: Associate Professor of Education Alicia Moore
      • Tenure-track: Assistant Professor of Business Gabriela Flores
      • Visiting, part-time, and staff with faculty rank: Director of General Chemistry Labs Willis Weigand
    • 2021 Jesse E. Purdy Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Works Award
      • Tenured: Associate Professor of Communication Studies Bob Bednar
      • Tenure-track: Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower
    • 2021 Excellence in Advising Award
      • Professor of Spanish Laura Senio Blair




January 2021

  • The Communication Studies Department was well represented at this year’s (virtual) National Communication Association Conference. Assistant Professor Rico Self gave several talks about Black femininity and anti-Black stereotyping in addition to chairing two panels and receiving a Top Paper Award in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division (woot!) for his coauthored paper “BbyMutha’s Readings as Black Queer Feminine Refusal.” Assistant Professor Lamiyah Bahrainwala (LB) gave two talks about rock-star fascism and menstrual surveillance in nonwhite contexts. Associate Professor Valerie Renegar gave a talk on coauthoring and collaborative scholarship in rhetorical studies. Overall, much knowledge was dropped.