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
M.A. San Francisco State University
Ph.D. University of New Mexico
- Fall 2013: COMS 204 – Communication & Culture
- Fall 2013: COMS 254 – Qualitative Methods
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
(5th ed.). (pp. 247-253). New York, NY: Oxford
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.