Brandi Lawless is an Assistant Professor in the Communication
Studies Department. Broadly, her area of research can be defined as
critical intercultural communication. Within this realm of
communication, Dr. Lawless is interested in the ways individuals
(re)produce and communicate their ever-changing identities.
Specifically, her research has focused on the intersections of race
and class. Her most recent work has explored the communication
practices of a national nonprofit organization attempting to end
poverty in the U.S. Within this work, Dr. Lawless attempts to
identify dominant ideologies, hegemonic systems that perpetuate
such taken for granted beliefs, and status-based hierarchies. Dr.
Lawless is also interested in everyday performances of identity. In
other words, her work explores the ways in which individuals
perform their class(es) and race(s) in contexts such as the
classroom, the workplace, and in close relationships.
B.A. California State University, Northridge