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								Catherine A.																 Dobris

Catherine A. Dobris

Director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Department: Communication Studies, English, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
317-274-0572
CA 540

Education

Education

  • PhD, Indiana University 1989
  • MA, Indiana University 1984
  • BS, Emerson College 1981

Teaching

Teaching

Rhetorical Criticism, Rhetorical Theory, Feminist Rhetoric, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Awards

Awards

  • 8 Teaching Excellence Awards (1997-2016)
  • Member of Faculty Colloquium for Excellence in Teaching (2000-present)

Publications

Publications

Davidson, R. D., Dobris, C. A. (In press, 2021). Film as Invitational rhetoric: Transcending motherhood narratives through community in 20th Century Women. Mothers, Community, and Friendship. Norma I. Peña Rivera, Janet MacLennan, and Dorsía Smith Silva (Ontario, Canada: Demeter Press).

Dobris, C.A., Turner, R., & Wilcox, L. (In press, 2021). “We Changed Minds”: A History of the Women’s Studies Program at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Andrea Walton, editor. Women at Indiana University: Views of the Past and the Future (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press)

Dobris, C. A. & Davidson, R. D. (2019). Pantsuit Nation: A Feminist Invitation to Engage. Gender, Race and Social Identity in American Politics. Lori Montalbano, editor. (Lexington, MA: Lexington Books

Davidson, R. D., Dobris, C. A., & White-Mills, K. (December 2018). What makes a “bad” mom “bad”?: A critical review of Lewis and Moore’s, Bad Moms. Women and Language.

Davidson, R. D. & Dobris, C. A. (2017). Social activism in popular culture: A critical review of disparate responses to Beyonce’s 2016 Super Bowl performance and Kendrick Lamar’s 2016 Grammy performance. Women and Language.

Dobris, C. A., White-Mills, K., Davidson, R. D., & Vasilopoulos, T. (2016). The Spockian Mother: Images of the “Good” Mother in Dr. Spock’s The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, 1946-1992. Communication Quarterly, 39 (1), 39-59.

Dobris, C. A. & Davidson, R. D. (2015). From dirty little secrets to prime time: Values, Metaphors, and social change at the 2015 Grammy awards. GEMS (Gender, Education, Music, and Society), 8 (4), 4-18.

Service

Service

UNIVERSITY

  • Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (WGSS)
  • WGSS Scholarship and Research Awards Committee
  • Tenure and Promotion Committee, School of the Arts, Indiana University Northwest, 2021.

Academic Interests

Academic Interests

  • Rhetoric of motherhood
  • Intersections of gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity in rhetorical contexts

Location

Location:
CA 540
Address:
425 N. University Boulevard,
Cavanaugh 309
Indianapolis,
IN 46202-5140