Brandi Lawless

Brandi Lawless

Associate Professor

Department Chair
Full-Time Faculty
Kalmanovitz Hall 337
Socials

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.

Research Areas

  • Critical intercultural communication
  • Intersections of race and class
  • Conflict and alliance building
  • Identities and subjectivities
  • Critical communication pedagogy

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

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

Selected Publications