Valerie Palmer-Mehta, Ph.D.
Office: 328 Wilson
Phone: (248) 370-2139
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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 everyday 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 cultural forms is to identify and assess 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, OU Career Services Internship Grant, OU Faculty Research Fellowship, Thomas Rumble Fellowship, OU Faculty Recognition Award for research, NCA Feminist and Women's Studies Top Paper Award, the Honors College Inspiration Award, and the Elizabeth Youngjohn Teaching Award. In her spare time, she likes to travel, write, garden, learn new things, and do anything active (hike, bike, run). This summer she is traveling to Finland to present her research at the biennial Association for Cultural Studies Crossroads Conference.
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 Women, Power, & Persuasion (COM 380/ WGS 301/ LBS 511) and she is tentatively scheduled to teach Introduction to Communication Studies (COM 150). In the winter of 2015, she is teaching the Women and Gender Studies capstone class (WGS 405) and she is tentatively scheduled to teach Multicultural Communication (COM 385). Please email Valerie if you have any questions about the courses she is teaching.