Daena J. Goldsmith
Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies and Department Chair
My teaching and research focus on how we enact identities and relationships through what we say and how we say it. I focus on interactions from everyday life, including the conversations we have with a spouse or partner, the advice we give to friends and family, and the stories we tell face-to-face and online.
The courses I teach address the intersections of interpersonal interaction, media, and rhetoric. RHMS 270 Interpersonal Media examines how we enact identity, relationships, and community through electronically mediated communication. RHMS 332 Rhetoric of Gender in Relationships examines the evidence and arguments in research about gender differences in interpersonal relationships. RHMS 352 Gender in Public Rhetoric and Mass Media uses feminist rhetorical criticism to understand the rhetoric of movements for gender equity and media representations of gender. RHMS 320 Health Narratives teaches students how to use narrative theory and method to understand the stories we tell about health and illness.
Please see my Curriculum Vitae in “Related Content”
My recent research has examined couples in which one person is coping with a serious health condition such as heart disease or cancer. For example: How can you encourage your partner to exercise or eat a healthful diet without sounding like a nag? How do couples talk about fears related to illness and treatments? Under what conditions is social support from friends and family helpful in coping with illness? I am just beginning a new project that focuses on stories by mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder. For more information, please see Selected Publications in “Related Content”
B.S. Lewis & Clark College; MA., Ph.D. University of Washington