Karrin Vasby Anderson (she/her) is Professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University, where she teaches courses in rhetoric, political communication, and gender and communication. Dr. Anderson studies the culture of politics and the politics of culture, examining the ways in which political identity is rhetorically constructed and contested in popular media. She is coauthor or editor of three books: Women, Feminism, and Pop Politics: From "Bitch" to "Badass" and Beyond, Woman President: Confronting Postfeminist Political Culture and Governing Codes: Gender, Metaphor, and Political Identity. She is a past editor of the Quarterly Journal of Speech (2020-2022) and has published articles in scholarly journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Women’s Studies in Communication, Communication Quarterly, and White House Studies. Her commentary on politics, gender, and visual culture has been published by The Conversation and Reading the Pictures, and she is consulted as a political communication expert by local, national, and international media outlets.

Dr. Anderson is a recipient of the National Communication Association’s James A. Winans and Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address; the Outstanding Book Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender; the Presidential Citation of Service from the National Communication Association; the Michael Pfau Outstanding Article Award in Political Communication from NCA’s Political Communication Division; the Organization for Research on Women and Communication’s Feminist Scholarship Award; the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women in Politics; the Outstanding Mentor in Master’s Education Award from NCA’s Master’s Education Section; the Faculty Mentorship Award from NCA's Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division; the Excellence in Graduate Mentoring from CSU's College of Liberal Arts; and the Distinction in Curricular Innovation Award from CSU's College of Liberal Arts.


Commentary and Public Scholarship

Articles published by The Conversation

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Anderson, Karrin Vasby. "The Centennial of (White) Woman Suffrage: Gender and Democratic Engagement at the Intersections." Quarterly Journal of Speech 106 (3, 2020): 225-233.

Anderson, Karrin Vasby. “Every Woman is the Wrong Woman: The Female Presidentiality Paradox.” Women’s Studies in Communication. 40 (2, 2017): 132-135.