Feminism Is: Dr. Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas — Communicating Women’s Experience

November 7, 2014

Dr. Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas is an associate professor of Communication and coordinator of African American Studies at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia.  She is the author of two books addressing different aspects of women and race: Marching as to War: Personal Narratives of African American Women’s Experiences in the Gulf Wars (University Press of America, 2014) and Sistah MC Droppin’ Rhymes with a Beat: Rap, Rhetoric, and Resistance (VDM Verlag Publications, 2009).

In 2011, she served as the Chair of the Feminist and Women Studies Division of the National Communication Association.  She also has a connection to Christian interests, having earned her master’s and doctorate degrees from Regent University and authoring a chapter in a book about Southern gospel music.

Dr. Desnoyers-Colas had a distinguished fifteen-year military career as a Major in the U.S. Air Force.  She is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, in which she worked as a Public Affairs Officer in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

Read her AASU profile here.

Read her Rhetoric, Race, and Religion blog profile (with links to articles).


Alena Amato Ruggerio
Alena Amato Ruggerio, Ph.D. is Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication, Media, and Cinema at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. She is a longtime member of SOU’s Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Council, including serving as the Interim Coordinator of Women's Studies for one year. She also served for eleven years on the EEWC-Christian Feminism Today Council, and has delivered plenary addresses and workshops at several CFT conferences. Dr. Ruggerio is the editor of Media Depictions of Brides, Wives, and Mothers (Lexington Books), and the coauthor of Feminism in Practice: Communication Strategies for Making Change (Waveland Press). She lives in the southwestern corner of Oregon with her husband Bradley and their astonishingly adorable cats.