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Bernadette Marie Calafell


BA, Arizona State University
MA, Arizona State University
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Dr. Calafell received her Ph.D. in Communication Studies with a focus on queer Latina/o performance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also received a B.A. and M.A. from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University.

Her research is centered in women of feminisms, performance studies, and critical rhetoric. She is author of the book Latina/o Communication Studies: Theorizing Performance, which was the recipient of the 2009 Lilla Heston Award from the National Communication Association.  She also co-edited Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de Una Voz? with Dr. Michelle Holling.  She was named the 2010 Scholar of the Year by the Latina/o Communication Studies Division and La Raza Caucus of the National Communication Association.

In 2011 she was named a William T. Driscoll Master Educator at the University of Denver and in 2010 was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award by the Center of Multicultural Excellence at DU. In 2009, at the 4th Annual LGBTQIA Gala at DU, she was awarded the Out Through the Mind Award (for Tenure Track Faculty).