Brandi Lawless

Brandi Lawless

Associate Professor

Department Chair • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-4133 Kalmanovitz Hall 337

Biography

Brandi Lawless is an associate professor in the communication studies department. Broadly, her research can be defined as critical intercultural communication — an area of research concerned with understanding power, privilege, marginalization, hegemony, and ideologies. She is interested in the ways individuals (re)produce and communicate identities and subjectivities at the intersections of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and other aspects of identity. Her most recent work has explored intercultural communication pedagogies, the experiences of female immigrant faculty, and emotional labor for women faculty.

Appointments
Chair, Arts Council
Editor-Elect, Communication Teacher
Education
PhD, Communication, University of New Mexico
MA, Communication Studies, San Francisco State University
BA, California State University, Northridge
Research
Critical intercultural communication
Intersections of race and class
Conflict and alliance building
Identities and subjectivities
Critical communication pedagogy
Selected Publications

Lawless, B. (2021). Neoliberal multiculturalism on college campuses: Fostering a critical understanding of diversity. Communication Teacher. 

Lawless, B., & Chen, Y-W. (2021). Teaching Social Justice: Critical Tools for the Intercultural Communication Classroom. Rowman and Littlefield.

Lawless, B., & Cole, K. L. (2021). Troll tracking: Examining rhetorical circulation of anti-intellectual ideologies in right-wing media attacks. Communication, Culture, & Critique, 14(1), 149-165. 

Lawless, B., & Chen, Y-W. (2020). Still a ‘sensitive’ subject? Assessing the strengths and struggles of intercultural communication pedagogyHoward Journal of Communications, 31(2), 171-186. 

Lawless, B. (2018). Documenting a labor of love: Emotional labor as academic labor. Review of Communication, 18(2), 85-97. 

Awards & Distinctions

Exemplary Teacher Award, Communication and Instruction Interest Group, Western States Communication Association, 2020

Top Paper, Western States Communication Association – Health Communication Interest Group, 2020

Top Four Paper, International Communication Association – Intercultural Communication Division, 2019

Top Four Paper, International Communication Association – Intercultural Communication Division, 2018

Feminist Scholar Award, Organization for Research on Women and Communication, 2017

Top Four Paper, Western States Communication Association – Intercultural Communication Interest Group, 2017

Top Three Paper, Western States Communication Association – Intercultural Communication Interest Group, 2016

Distinguished Teaching Award, University of San Francisco, 2016

The Innovation in Teaching with Technology Award, University of San Francisco, 2015