Department of Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations

Wilson Hall, Room 316
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
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(248) 370-4120

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Valerie Palmer-Mehta, Ph.D.

A head shot of Valerie Palmer-Mehta.

Professor & Communication Internship Director
Office: 328 Wilson


Valerie Palmer-Mehta is a professor of communication with a specialization in rhetorical studies and gender/sexuality studies. Dr. Palmer-Mehta has diverse interests, but her current intellectual aims include (1) exploring the rhetorical strategies that women employ to influence and transform public culture, intellectual traditions, and everyday practices and (2) investigating how women and their advocates challenge or reinforce public understanding of key discursive and cultural concepts that we use to organize and make sense of our lives.

Her research has been published in journals such as Quarterly Journal of SpeechCommunication and Critical/Cultural Studies; International Journal of Communication; Communication, Culture & Critique; Text and Performance Quarterly; Women's Studies in Communication; The Communication Review; QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking; and Journal of American Culture. Her work also appears in edited collections, such as Rethinking Ethos: A Feminist Ecological Approach to RhetoricSouthern First Ladies: Culture and Place in White House HistoryMediated Moms: Contemporary Challenges to Motherhood; and Masculinities At Play. She sits on the editorial board of Women's Studies in Communication

Teaching, Service & Life

Dr. Palmer-Mehta teaches a variety of courses, such as Intro to Communication Studies, Public Speaking, Persuasion, Gender Communication, Rhetorical Criticism, Women, Power & Persuasion, the Internship capstone, and Feminist Rhetorical Theory. She is the recipient of the OU Honors College Inspiration Award and the Phyllis Law Googasian Award. In her spare time, she likes to travel, write, garden, learn new things, and do anything active (e.g., hike, lift weights, hurl axes at Axe Social, etc.). She hopes to see you in one of her courses!