Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Communication Studies


Spring 2013

  • Dustin Tahmahkera, assistant professor of communication studies, had an article published last week in Indian Country Today about Oklahoma Choctaw musician Samantha Crain. Tahmahkera interviewed Crain for his second book called Sounds Indigenous, which is in progress. Read the article here

  • Bob Bednar, associate professor and chair of communication studies, had an article titled “Roadside Shrines: A Search For Meaning” published in the March 31 Insight & Books section of The Austin American-Statesman. Read the story here.

  • Bob Bednar, associate professor of communication studies, and Joshua Long, assistant professor of environmental studies, were both asked to provide articles for the first issue of The End of Austin project, a new online publication devoted to examining Austin’s shifting identity.  Read Bednar’s piece here. Read Long’s piece here.

Fall 2012

  • Sophomore communication studies and Spanish major Melina Cantu has been awarded a $4,500 Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship for the spring 2013 semester. Cantu will use her scholarship to study at the Universidad Cátolica del Uruguay in Montevideo, Uruguay. Read more here.

  • Bob Bednar, associate professor and chair of communication studies, has had a chapter titled “Being Here, Looking There: Mediating Vistas in the National Parks of the Contemporary American West” published inObservation Points: The Visual Poetics of National Parks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), edited by Thomas Patin.

  • Dustin Tahmahkera, assistant professor of communication studies, was an invited speaker for the Native American & Indigenous Studies Program at The University of Texas at Austin Oct19. Tahmahkera gave a presentation was titled “Postindian Pop: Tribal Tele-Visions of Sitcom Sovereignty.” Read more here.

Spring 2012

  • Bob Bednar, associate professor and chair of communication studies, had three public presentations of his work in San Francisco in April. On April 11, he gave a talk at the California College of the Arts titled “Designing Memory/Spaces: Roadside Crash Shrines and Everyday Design.” On April 14, he presented a paper titled “Remembering Strangers: The Public Lives of Road Trauma Shrines” at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. Accompanying his paper at the Psychoanalytic Institute, he exhibited 12 of his photographs of roadside shrines in a joint exhibit with Maria McVarish, an architect and photographer working with abandoned coal mines in Appalachia. The exhibit was titled “Places of Loss: Marking Memory in the Public Sphere.”

  • Bob Bednar, associate professor and chair of communication studies, presented a paper titled “Remembering Road Trauma: The Lives of Roadside Crash Shrines in the American Southwest” at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Feb. 9.

  • Bob Bednar, associate professor and chair of communication studies, authored the lead article in the December 2011 issue of Memory Connection, a new international memory studies journal. His article is titled “Materializing Memory: The Public Lives of Roadside Crash Shrines.”

  • Davi Johnson Thornton, assistant professor of communication studies, had two articles published in December. An article titled “Neuroscience, Affect and the Entrepreneurialization of Motherhood” was published inCommunication and Critical/Cultural Studies and an article titled “Psych’s Comedic Tale of Black-White Friendship and the Lighthearted Affect of ‘Post-Race’ America,” was published in Critical Studies in Media Communication.