Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Rico Self  Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Rico Self Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Rico Self recently received the 2021 Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from the National Communication Association (NCA).

Given annually, the award recognizes new scholars who completed outstanding dissertations during the previous academic year. Self received the award for the dissertation completed at Louisiana State University, “Ties That Bind: Black Familyness and the Politics of Contingent Coalitions.” This dissertation covers the timely and important issues of race, gender, and intersectionality. This study expands upon ongoing developments of Black Queer Studies in Communication. In this dissertation, Self examines the historical and cultural significance of Black Familyness and features a unique, cutting edge perspective of Black Queer Studies as the analytic. This dissertation complicates disciplinary approaches to understanding Black and African American identities and spaces. This critical rhetorical work expounds on race, gender, queer, and intersectional approaches to Communication.

“NCA’s annual awards honor Communication scholars’ teaching, scholarship, and service,” NCA Interim Executive Director Linda Taliaferro, CAE, said. “NCA is proud to recognize Dr. Self’s significant contributions to the Communication discipline with this award.”

Self’s award will be presented on November 20 at the NCA 107th Annual Convention in Seattle, WA. For more information about NCA’s awards program, visit

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