Brandi Lawless

Brandi Lawless

Associate Professor

Program Director • 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.

Education
PhD, Communication, University of New Mexico
MA, Communication Studies, San Francisco State University
BA, California State University, Northridge
Experience
Critical intercultural communication
Intersections of race and class
Conflict and alliance building
Identities and subjectivities
Critical communication pedagogy
Emotional labor
Research
Critical intercultural communication
Intersections of race and class
Conflict and alliance building
Identities and subjectivities
Critical communication pedagogy
Selected Publications

Lawless, B., & Chen, Y-W. (Forthcoming, 2016). ‘Reclaiming their historical agency’: A critical analysis of news discourses on occupy and Arab spring. Accepted to The Howard Journal of Communications.

Collier, M. J., & Lawless, B. (2016). Critically reflexive dialogue and praxis: Academic/practitioner reflections throughout a Formative Evaluation of Circles® USA. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 1-19. doi:10.1080/00909882.2016.1155724.

Chen, Y-W., Lawless, B., González, A. (2015). Relating across difference for social change: Calling attention to inter/cultural partnerships in nonprofit contexts. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 8(3), 187-192. doi:10.1080/17513057.2015.1057903.

Lawless, B., & Chen, Y-W. (2015). Immigrant women, academic work, and agency: Negotiating identities and subjectivities with/in the ivory tower. Accepted for publication in The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review, 14, 39-50.

Lawless, B. (2015). Performing identity in ‘transforming poverty partnerships’: An extension of critical discourse analysis. Howard Journal of Communications, 26(3), 275-291. doi:10.1080/10646175.2015.1049758.

Lawless, B. (2012). More than white: Locating an invisible class identity. In Gonzalez, A., M. Houston, & V. Chen (Eds.), Our voices: Essays in culture, ethnicity, and communication. (5th ed.). (pp. 247–253). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Lawless, B. (2009). Guiding class consciousness in first-generation college students: A pragmatic approach to classism in the academy. In Housel, T. H. & V. L. Harvey (Eds.), The invisibility factor: Administrators and faculty reach out to first-generation college students. (pp. 23–34). Boca Raton, FL: Brown Walker Press.

Awards & Distinctions

Mellon Scholar Award, USF and Foothill-DeAnza College, 2018

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

USF Distinguished Teaching Award 2016

USF Innovation in Teaching with Technology Award 2015 

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

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

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

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

Top Paper, Western States Communication Association Intercultural Communication Interest Group, 2015