Roberta Chevrette is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. She completed her Ph.D in Communication and a graduate certificate in Gender Studies at Arizona State University in July 2016. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from Sacramento State University.
Dr. Chevrette is a critical rhetorical scholar committed to examining relationships among communication, identity, and social justice. Her research employs queer, feminist, and postcolonial frameworks to engage questions of difference, representation, embodiment, and whiteness. Her research appears in journals including Communication Monographs, Communication Theory, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, and in book chapters including an essay in the award-winning edited volume, Text + Field: Innovations in Rhetorical Method. Her most recent article, “The FEMEN body can do everything: Generating the agentic bodies of social movement through internal and external rhetorics” is available here.
Dr. Chevrette is the co-author of the forthcoming book Dangerous Dames: Representing Female Empowerment in Postfeminist Media (with Heather Hundley and Hillary A. Jones). This book illuminates the rhetorical work performed by contemporary representations of a specific type of postfeminist hero who has garnered a lot of cultural capital: women who are smart, capable, physically agile and fit, and proficient with weaponry and technology. Using rhetorical criticism and critical theory, the book examines a range of contemporary texts, including Kill Bill, Volumes I and II; The Hunger Games; Wonder Woman; Atomic Blonde; Proud Mary; The Bionic Woman; Deus Ex; Dark Matter; and Caprica. The book contributes to a robust existing conversation about postfeminist media, tracing how representation has changed in recent years and engaging with new bodies of theory.
Dr. Chevrette has taught a range of interdisciplinary courses in communication and women’s and gender studies including Rhetorical Theory and Approaches, Gender and Communication, Women in the Media, Introduction to Women’s Studies, Intercultural Communication, Critical Methods in Communication, Persuasion, Communication Theory, and Public Speaking. By connecting theory with lived experience, her teaching guides students to become aware of, and critically examine, the ways language, symbols, and ideologies shape cultural and communicative structures and practices.
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