This collection, edited by Daniel S. Strasser, was unearthed from the demand for more inclusive and expansive dialogues on intersectional identities, ethnicity, neuro-diversity, physical ability, religion, sexual orientation, class, and gender performance in academia. The autoethnographic and narrative accounts within Communication and Identity in the Classroom: Intersectional Perspectives of Critical Pedagogy offer personal, experiential perspectives on the power of identity to influence educators in classroom and mentoring spaces. The multiple perspectives offered here promote dialogue about how personal experience provides the ground upon which we build more dynamic relationships and communities. The contributors’ experiences offer examples for a more expansive understanding of privilege, oppression, and identity. These seeds for conversation nourish discourses that build new communicative bridges between educators and students as we prepare to face the next interaction, class, and challenges and opportunity for resilience. This collection invites educators to be critical of their bodies, of their politics, of their intersecting identities, and acknowledge in words and actions that our bodies are political. Throughout this collection the contributors expand upon theories and methods of critical communication scholarship, radical love, and intersectionality using their embodied pedagogical experiences to ground the scholarship.
Daniel S. Strasser is associate professor of gender and family communication at Rowan University.
Preface by Bernadette Marie Calafell
Introduction: Communication and Identity in the Classroom: Intersectional Perspectives of
Daniel S. Strasser
SECTION ONE: Autoethnographic Accounts of Critical, Intersectional Pedagogy
Finding Space and Place within the Ivory Tower: Conversations on Intersectionality, Voice and Silence
Tomeka M. Robinson and Jahnasia Booker
You Are Not My Child, I Am Not Your Parent: A Case Against the Infantilization of Students
Meggie Mapes and Benny LeMaster
Empath(olog)ic Pedagogy: An Autoethnography of Health, Class, and the Classroom
“Bad Hombre” in the Classroom: Pedagogical Politics of Performing “Brown Man” in a Conservative Time
Antonio De La Garza and Andrew R. Spieldenner
What Difference Does it Make?: Navigating the Privileged Halls of Academia as a Queer Black Woman Professor
Teaching While Vulnerable: Connection through Shared Vulnerability as a Pedagogical Stepping Stone To Queer Consciousness
Richard G. Jones, Jr.
Queer-Femme-Pedagogy: Telling Our Tales // Confessing Our Truths
Bri Ozalas and Kathryn Hobson
Pedagogy, Passing and Privilege
SECTION TWO: Personal Narratives and Reflections on Critical, Intersectional Pedagogy
Sawubona - We See, Value and Respect You: A Critical Pedagogical Invitation to Communicate
Eddah M. Mutua
Family Stories, Pedagogy, Inclusive Practices and Autohistoria
Sergio Fernando Juárez
Unmasking the Hegemony of English: Exploring English Neo-Imperialism and the Internationalization of Whiteness
Managing Mental Health in the Classroom: A Narrative Reflection on Pedagogy
Andrea L. Meluch
Navigating Intercultural Identities at a Crossroads of Mindfulness and Instruction
Going the Extra Mile: Mentoring Black Undergraduate Students
Lance Kyle Bennett
About the Contributors
Communication and Identity in the Classroom: Intersectional Perspectives of Critical Pedagogy is an important edited book that centralizes intersectional perspectives on communication education. It not only locates critical issues in differences such as race, gender, sexuality, queerness, class, and the body; but it also brings forth diverse sets of conceptual and methodological orientations to critical pedagogy. This book is meant to open up more space to (re)consider communication issues in the classroom more now than ever.