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Faculty & Staff

Bernadette Marie Calafell

Bernadette Marie Calafell, Associate Professor and Department Chair

Professor ad Director of Graduate Studies
Sturm Hall, Room 291


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


Professor Calafell received her PhD in Communication Studies with a focus on queer Latina/o performance and a secondary focus in media studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also received a BA and MA from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University.

Her research is centered on women of color feminisms, queer of color theories, monstrosity, performance studies, and critical rhetoric. She is author of the book Latina/o Communication Studies: Theorizing Performance (Peter Lang, 2007), which was the recipient of the 2009 Lilla Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance from the National Communication Association.  She also co-edited Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de Una Voz? (Lexington, 2011) with Dr. Michelle Holling. Her most recent book, Monstrosity, Race, and Performance in Contemporary Culture, was published in 2015 by Peter Lang. In 2010, Dr. Calafell was the recipient of the Córdova-Puchot Award for Scholar of the Year by the Latina/o Communication Studies Division and La Raza Caucus of the National Communication Association.

For her scholarship on LGBTQIA communities, she received in 2009 the Out Through the Mind Award for Tenure Track Faculty at the University of Denver. In 2010 Dr. Calafell was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award by the Center for Multicultural Excellence at the University of Denver. She also received the Provost’s Champion of Change Award in 2014. Dr. Calafell is most proud however of being named a William T. Driscoll Master Educator at the University of Denver in 2011.