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.
- Chair, Arts Council
- Editor-Elect, Communication Teacher
- PhD, Communication, University of New Mexico
- MA, Communication Studies, San Francisco State University
- BA, California State University, Northridge
- 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 pedagogy. Howard 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