About Me

Welcome to my virtual home! I am the inaugural Chair of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at Gonzaga University. I officially begin this position in August 2019. Prior to coming to Gonzaga, I was Professor of Culture and Communication in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Denver. I was also an affiliate faculty member in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, DU’s Latina/o Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship, and Urban Studies. I started at DU in 2006 and served as Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies from 2009-2011, Department Chair from 2011-2014, and Director of Undergraduate Studies 2017-2018. Prior to coming to DU, I was a faculty member in Rhetoric at Syracuse University in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies from 2003-2006.

I graduated from Arizona State University in 1997 with a B.A. in Communication. Working with Dr. Lisa A. Flores I completed the undergraduate thesis, The Social Construction of Culture: An Analysis of Latina Magazine, as part of my requirements in the Barrett Honors College. In 1998 I returned to the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication for my M.A. I concentrated by coursework in Performance Studies and Rhetoric. Working with Drs. Olga Davis, Frederick Corey, and Kristin Valentine,  I completed the thesis More Than a Latin Lover: Ricky Martin and the Politics of Disidentification. I graduated with my M.A. in 2000. Later that year I moved to North Carolina to begin the doctoral program in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I focused my coursework and research in Performance Studies, with a specific interest in Queer Latina/o Performance and Literature and a secondary concentration in Media Studies. With the guidance of my advisor, Dr. D. Soyini Madison, and my committee members Della Pollock, J. Robert Cox, Joanne Hershfield, and Maria DeGuzman, I defended my dissertation, “Towards a Latina/o Politics of Affect: Remembering Malintzin Tenépal” in 2003.

To learn more about me please explore the links about my research, teaching, service, and awards. You can also learn more about me by visiting my Academia.edu page, twitter, my Google Scholar Page, my Linkedin profile, or this recent article about research by one of my doctoral students and I. If you are interested in contacting me regarding consulting, speaking opportunities, or any other questions, please contact me at BernadetteMarieCalafell@gmail.com.

My former doctoral advisees and I at our annual advisee dinner at the 2016 National Communication Association convention.