Karrin Vasby Anderson is Professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University, where she serves as Director of Graduate Studies and 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 of two books: Woman President: Confronting Postfeminist Political Culture and Governing Codes: Gender, Metaphor, and Political Identity. She has published articles in scholarly journals such as Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Women’s Studies in Communication, Communication Quarterly, and White House Studies. She blogs regularly and 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 Outstanding Mentor in Master’s Education Award from NCA’s Master’s Education Section, 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, and the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women in Politics.



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

Anderson, Karrin Vasby. “Deflowering the Voting Virgin: Piety, Political Advertising, and the Pleasure Prerogative.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 103 (1-2, 2017): 160-181.

Anderson, Karrin Vasby and Kristina Horn Sheeler. “Texts (and Tweets) from Hillary: Meta-Meming and Postfeminist Political Culture.” Presidential Studies Quarterly 44 (2014): 224-243.

Anderson, Karrin Vasby. “‘Rhymes with Blunt’: ‘Pornification’ and U.S. Political Culture.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 14 (2011): 327-368.