Ashley Mack

Ashley Noel Mack

Assistant Professor, Rhetoric & Cultural Studies


Affiliate Faculty, African and African American Studies

Affiliate Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies

Bachelor's Degree: Arizona State University (2007)
Master's Degree: The University of Texas at Austin (2009)
PhD: The University of Texas at Austin (2013)

Phone: 225-578-2120


Office: 132 Coates Hall

Gender Pronouns:  They/Them/Theirs

Curriculum Vitae


Research & Teaching

My research and teaching examines the interlocking relationship between systems of oppression and domains of power as they are expressed and negotiated through public discourse. Methodologically, my research exists at the intersection of critical rhetoric and cultural studies. I understand rhetoric as constitutive and instrumental—it is suasive communication that constitutes normative values and beliefs, social notions of common sense, power relations, and is also a resource for symbolic action. Broadly, my research explores how differences and disparities are communicated and naturalized through rhetoric in contemporary US Culture, and also how rhetoric is wielded by historically marginalized bodies and communities as a resource for creating a more just and equitable world.  

Undergraduate & Graduate Courses 

CMST 2063 Argumentation and Debate
CMST 3115 Communication and Gender
CMST 4163 Rape, Consent, and Culture
CMST 4107 Communication as Culture
CMST 4971 Gender, Race, and Class in the Media
CMST 7971 Feminist Critique
CMST 7966 Ideology & Hegemony
CMST 7966 Queer Futures


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