Awards and Honors

Research Awards and Honors

• 2018 Outstanding Article Award, Feminist and Women’s Studies Division of the National Communication Association for “From Failure to Allyship to Feminist Solidarities: Negotiating Our Privileges and Oppressions Across Borders”

• Presidential Citation for Exceptional Commitment to Social Justice and Activism within the National Communication Association, November 2018

• 2018 Monograph of the Year Award, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division of National Communication Association for “Queer Utopias and a (Feminist) Iranian Vampire: A Critical Analysis of Resistive Monstrosity in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” co-authored with Shadee Abdi and published in Critical Studies in Media Communication

• Francine Merritt Award, Women’s Caucus, National Communication Association, 2018

• Top Paper Panel, Intercultural Communication Interest Group, Western States Communication Association, 2017

• Top Paper Panel, Intercultural Communication Interest Group, Western States Communication Association, San Diego, CA 2016

• Top Paper Panel, Organization for Research on Women and Communication, Western States Communication Association, Anaheim, CA 2014

• Lead essay in the 2013 Best Journal Issue Award given by the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association

• Chapter in the 2013 Best Edited Book Award given by the International and Intercultural Communication Association

• Best Book Chapter Award for 2012 given by the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association for “(Academic) Families of Choice: Queer Relationality, Mentoring, and Critical Communication Pedagogy” co-authored with Krishna Pattisappu, published in Identity and Communication Research: Intercultural Reflections and Future Directions

• Chosen as Scholar for Scholars Office Hours, National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, LA, 2011, Orlando, FL 2012, Washington DC, 2013, and Chicago 2014

• Scholar of the Year, Latina/o Communication Studies Division and La Raza Caucus, National Communication Association, 2010.

• Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance, National Communication Association, 2009.

• Out Through the Mind Award (for Tenure Track Faculty), 4th Annual LGBTQIA Gala, University of Denver, February 2009.

• Distinguished Scholarship Award for 2004 given by the International and Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association for the article “Reading Latina/o Images: Interrogating Americanos” published in Critical Studies in Media Communication.

• Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship 2001-2002, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

• Dessie Larsen Graduate Fellowship, Arizona State University, 2000

• Graduate Regents Merit Scholarship, Arizona State University, Spring 2000

• Outstanding Master’s Degree Research Paper “Regulating Latina/o Whiteness: The Case of White Hispanics,” Arizona State University, 1999.

• National Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001

• Summa Cum Laude, Arizona State University, 1997.

• Golden Key National Honor Society, Arizona State University, 1997.

• Dean’s List, Arizona State University, 1995-1997.

• Regents Merit Scholar, Arizona State University, 1995-1997.

Teaching Awards

• Selected for a spotlight panel in the National Communication Association’s Teachers on Teaching series, National Communication Association convention, Philadelphia, PA, November 2016

• Provost’s Champion of Change Award, University of Denver, 2014

• William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award, University of Denver, 2011.

Advocacy and Service Awards

• Lambda Award from the Caucus on Gay and Lesbian Concerns, National Communication Association, Dallas, TX 2017

• Selected as a Developing Leader by the National Communication Association, 2010, 2011.

• Outstanding Faculty Award, Center for Multicultural Excellence, University of Denver, 2009-2010.

• Outstanding Achievement in Leadership and Service 2000-2001, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Grants

• Research Grant, DU’s Latina/o Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship, 2010-2011 ($2500); 2012-2013 ($981).

• Curriculum Diversity Grant, Center for Multicultural Excellence, Winter 2007 ($1500), Summer 2007 ($900), Fall 2009 ($1000).

• Research Assistant, DU’s Latina/o Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship, 2007-2008 ($10,000).

• Dean’s Fund, Fall 2004, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University ($675).

• Intellectual Life Grant, Fall 2001 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ($300).

• Arizona Humanities Council. A Beautiful Cruel Country. Adapted, directed, and performed with Felicia Van Deman for the Tubac Center for the Arts, March 31, 2000 ($500).