Valerie Palmer-Mehta, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication
Office: 328 Wilson
Phone: (248) 370-2139
Dr. Val is teaching Media Criticism (COM 412) in Winter 2014.
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Research / Teaching / Life
Dr. Palmer-Mehta's research interests sit at the intersection of Rhetorical Studies, particularly Feminist and Critical/Cultural approaches to Rhetoric, and Gender Studies. Her current research examines the varied rhetorical means by which women work to influence public culture and transform intellectual traditions and practices. She also engages in rhetorically informed analyses of media representations of women's ways of knowing and being. Her goal in analyzing these varied forms is to identify the creative methods by which women question entrenched orthodoxies and establish new paradigms and values. Her research may be found in a variety of journals, such as Communication, Culture & Critique, Text and Performance Quarterly, Women's Studies in Communication, Journal of American Culture, Journal of Popular Culture, as well as books, such as The Oprah Phenomenon, The Business of Entertainment, Reading the Sopranos, and Black Women's Intellectual Traditions.
Dr. Palmer-Mehta serves as a member of the Women and Gender Studies Executive Committee and the Honorary Degree Committee. She is the recipient of a number of grants, fellowships, and awards, including the GLAAD Center for the Study of Media and Society Grant, Career Services Internship Grant, two OU Faculty Research Fellowships, Thomas Rumble Fellowship, the Oakland University Faculty Recognition Award for research, the NCA Feminist and Women's Studies Top Paper Award, and the Elizabeth Youngjohn Teaching Award. She also was nominated for the OU Honors College Inspiration Award. In her spare time, she likes to travel, write, garden, learn new things, and do anything active (hike, bike, run).
Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 Classes
Valerie teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including Introduction to Communication Studies, Communication Theory, Persuasion, Rhetoric and Public Address, Rhetorical Criticism, Media Criticism, Multicultural Communication, and Feminist Rhetorical Theory. In the winter of 2014, she is teaching Multicultural Communication (COM 385) and Media Criticism (COM 412). In the fall of 2014, she is teaching Introduction to Communication Studies (COM 150) and Women, Power, & Persuasion (COM 380/WGS 301).