Feminism Is: Karrin Vasby Anderson — Exploring Sexism in Politics

November 14, 2014

Dr. Karrin Vasby Anderson is a full professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University, where she writes about women, politics, and culture, especially focusing on presidential first ladies and the women who have run for national public office in the United States.  She writes the alternately infuriating and hilarious blog, “If They Were Treated Like Hillary,” where she parodies the ridiculous sexism aimed at presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton by posing male politicians in the same media coverage.

With her writing partner Kristina Horn Sheeler, she co-authored the books Governing Codes: Gender, Metaphor, and Political Identity (Lexington Books, 2005); and Woman President: Confronting Postfeminist Political Culture (Texas A&M University Press, 2013), winner of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender Book Award and the James A. Winans and Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address.

In 2007, she served as the Chair of the Feminist and Women Studies Division of the National Communication Association.

Dr. Anderson’s insightful article, “’Rhymes with Blunt’: Pornification and U.S. Political Culture” appeared in the journal Rhetoric & Public Affairs and won her the Michael Pfau Outstanding Article Award in Political Communication.

Click here to view a list of her articles and publications available online.

posted by Dr. Alena Amato Ruggerio

Alena Amato Ruggerio
Alena Amato Ruggerio, Ph.D., is Professor of Communication Studies and Chair of Communication at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. She has served on SOU’s Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Council for fifteen years, and was 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 a contributor to Talking Taboo: Christian Women Get Frank About Faith (White Cloud Press). She lives in the southwestern corner of Oregon with her husband Bradley and their two astonishingly adorable cats.


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