Special Assistant Professor


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Special Assistant Professor
  • Department:

    • Communication Studies
  • Education:

    • Ph.D., Communication, University of Utah M.A., Colorado State University
  • Curriculum Vitae:


I am a Colorado native and attended CSU for my undergraduate and Master’s degrees. I attended the University of Utah for my Ph.D., but I love CSU so much that I came back as a professor. I am an artist at heart and I have been active in the Fort Collins art community for over over fifteen years. Much of what I study in the academic realm is related to my love of art. I teach courses in visual communication and my research focuses on how images work rhetorically to alter ideologies in the world. While my heart is in art, my joy lies in the classroom. Teaching CSU students is an honor, inspiration, and a privilege.






Elinor Light, Aesthetic Ruptures: Viewing Graffiti as the Emplaced Vernacular, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 15, no. 2 (2018): 179-195. Winner of NCA's 2018 Visual Communication Division's Outstanding Article of the Year Award.

Elinor Light, “The Rhetoric of Visual Play: An Analysis of Banksy’s Post-Subject Voice in New York City,” Visual Communication Quarterly 24, no. 1 (2017): 40-53.

Elinor Light, “Visualizing Homeland: Remembering 9/11 And The Production Of The Surveilling Flâneur,” Qualitative Inquiry or Cultural Studies<=>Critical Methodologies 16, no. 6 (2016): 511   524. Special issue on rhetorical field methods.

April A. Kedrowicz, Maria Dawn Blevins, and Elinor Christopher, “100 freshman civil Engineers: A Model for Integrating Communication and Teamwork in Large Engineering Courses.” ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Published Conference Proceedings, 2011, American Society for Engineering Education.