Bernadette Calafell, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Chair of Critical Race & Ethnic Studies

Dr. Bernadette Marie Calafell received her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina. Prior to coming to Gonzaga University, she was a faculty member at Syracuse University and University of Denver. Her research and teaching...

Portrait of Bernadette Calafell, Ph.D. Professor & Chair of Critical Race & Ethnic Studies
Dr. Bernadette Marie Calafell received her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina. Prior to coming to Gonzaga University, she was a faculty member at Syracuse University and University of Denver. Her research and teaching interests are in women of color feminisms, queer of color theories, performance studies, critical rhetoric, and monstrosity/horror. You can learn more about her research, teaching, service, and activism at

Representative Awards:
2019 Faculty Mentorship Award, Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, National Communication Association
2018 Outstanding Article Award, Feminist and Women’s Studies Division of the National Communication Association
Presidential Citation for Exceptional Commitment to Social Justice and Activism within and beyond the National Communication Association
2018 Monograph of the Year Award, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division of National Communication Association
Francine Merritt Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Lives of Women in Communication, Women’s Caucus, National Communication Association
Lambda Award, Caucus on Gay and Lesbian Concerns, National Communication Association
Provost’s Champion of Change Award, University of Denver
Best Book Chapter Award for 2012 given by the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association
William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award, University of Denver
Scholar of the Year, Latina/o Communication Studies Division and La Raza Caucus, National Communication Association (Now referred to as the Córdova-Puchot Award for Scholar of the Year)
Outstanding Faculty Award, Center for Multicultural Excellence, University of Denver
Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance, National Communication Association
Out Through the Mind Award (for Tenure Track Faculty), 4th Annual LGBTQIA Gala, University of Denver
Distinguished Scholarship Award for 2004 given by the International and Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association


Eguchi, Shinsuke and Bernadette Marie Calafell. Eds. Queer Intercultural Communication: The Intersectional Politics of Belonging in and across Differences. Rowman and Littlefield, 2019.

Calafell, Bernadette Marie. Monstrosity, Performance, and Race in Contemporary Culture. Peter Lang, 2015.

Holling, Michelle and Bernadette Marie Calafell, editors. Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de Una Voz? Lexington Press, 2011.

Calafell, Bernadette Marie.  Latina/o Communication Studies: Theorizing Performance. Peter Lang, 2007.

Journal Articles:

Dougherty, Cristy and Bernadette Marie Calafell. “Before and Beyond #MeToo and #TimesUp: Rape as a Colonial and Racist Project.” Women and Language, vol. 42, no. 1, 2019, pp. 213-218.

Calafell, Bernadette Marie and Kendall Phillips. “Disciplining the Devil: The Limits of Monstrosity in Tod Browning’s The Devil Doll (1936).” Critical Studies in Media Communication, vol. 36, no. 1, 2019, pp. 18-34.

Ghabra, Haneen and Bernadette Marie Calafell. “From Failure and Allyship to Feminist Solidarities: Negotiating our Privileges and Oppressions Across Borders." Text and Performance Quarterly, vol. 38, no. 1-2, 2018, pp. 38-54.

Calafell, Bernadette Marie and Andy Kai-chun Chuang. “From Me to We: Embracing Co-Performative Witnessing and Critical Love in the Classroom.” Communication Education, vol. 67, no. 1, 2018, pp. 109-114.

Yousuf, Shereen and Bernadette Marie Calafell. “The Imperative for Examining Anti-Muslim Racism in Rhetorical Studies.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, vol. 15, no. 4, 2018, pp. 312-318.

Eguchi, Shinsuke, Nicole Files-Thompson, and Bernadette Marie Calafell. “Queer (of Color) Aesthetics: Fleeting Moments of Transgression in VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood Season 2.” Critical Studies in Media Communication, vol. 35, no. 2, 2018, pp. 180-193.

Calafell, Bernadette Marie. “BROWN QUEER BODIES.” Qualitative Inquiry, vol. 23, no. 7, 2017, pp. 511-512.

Calafell, Bernadette Marie. “Brownness, Kissing, and U.S. Imperialism: Contextualizing the Orlando Massacre.” Communication and Critical Cultural Studies, vol. 14, no. 2, 2017, pp. 198-202.

Abdi, Shadee and Bernadette Marie Calafell. “Queer Utopias and a (Feminist) Iranian Vampire: A Critical Analysis of Resistive Monstrosity in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.” Critical Studies in Media Communication, vol. 34, no. 4, 2017, pp. 358-370.

Eguchi, Shinsuke, Bernadette Marie Calafell, and Nicole Files-Thompson. “Intersectionality and Quare Theory: Fantasizing African American Men’s Same-Sex Relationships in Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom.” Communication, Culture, and Critique, vol. 7, no. 3, 2014, pp. 371-389.

Calafell, Bernadette Marie. “The Future of Feminist Scholarship: Beyond the Politics of Inclusion.” Women’s Studies in Communication, vol. 37, no. 3, 2014, pp. 266-270. vol. 34, no.1, 2014, pp. 115-117.

Calafell, Bernadette Marie. “(I)dentities: Considering Accountability, Reflexivity, and

Intersectionality in the I and the We.” Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, vol. 9, no. 2, 2013, pp. 6-13.

Jones Jr., Richard G. and Bernadette Marie Calafell. “Contesting Neoliberalism Through Critical Pedagogy, Intersectional Reflexivity, and Personal Narrative: Queer Tales of Academia.” Journal of Homosexuality, vol. 59, no. 7, 2012, pp. 957-981.

Calafell, Bernadette Marie. “Monstrous Femininity: Constructions of Women of Color in the Academy.” Journal of Communication Inquiry, vol. 36, no. 2, 2012, pp. 111-130. 

Squires, Catherine, Eric King Watts, Mary Douglas Vavrus, Kent A. Ono, Kathleen Feyh, Bernadette Marie Calafell, and Daniel C. Brouwer. “What Is This ‘Post-’ in Postracial, Postfeminist…(Fill in the Blank?)” Journal of Communication Inquiry, vol. 34, no. 3, 2010, pp. 210-253. 

Atkinson, Joshua and Bernadette Marie Calafell.  “Darth Vader Made Me Do It! Anakin Skywalker’s Avoidance of Responsibility and the Gray Areas of Hegemonic Masculinity in the Star Wars Universe.” Communication, Culture and Critique, vol. 2, no. 1, 2009, pp. 1-20.

Calafell, Bernadette Marie and Shane T. Moreman. “Envisioning an Academic Readership: Latina/o Performativities Per the Form of Publication.” Text and Performance Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 2, 2009, pp. 123-130. 

Moreman, Shane T. and Bernadette Marie Calafell. “Buscando para nuestros hijos: Utilizing La Llorona for Cultural Critique.” Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, vol. 1, no. 4, 2008, pp. 309-326.

Calafell, Bernadette Marie. “Mentoring and Love: An Open Letter.” Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, vol. 7, no. 4, 2007, pp. 425-441.  

Holling, Michelle A. and Bernadette M. Calafell. “Identities on Stage and Staging Identities: ChicanoBrujo Performances as Emancipatory Practices.” Text and Performance Quarterly, vol. 27, no. 1, 2007, pp. 58-83.

Calafell, Bernadette Marie. “Pro(re-)claiming Loss: A Performative Pilgrimage in Search of Malintzin Tenépal.” Text and Performance Quarterly, vol. 25, no. 1, 2005, pp. 43-56.

Calafell, Bernadette Marie. “Disrupting the Dichotomy: ‘Yo Soy Chicana/o?’ in the New Latina/o South.” The Communication Review, vol. 7, no. 2, 2004, pp. 175-204. 

Calafell, Bernadette Marie and Fernando Delgado. “Reading Latina/o Images: Interrogating Americanos.” Critical Studies in Media Communication, vol. 21, no. 1, 2004, pp. 1-21.

Calafell, Bernadette Marie. “In Our Own Image?!: A Rhetorical Criticism of Latina Magazine.” Voces: A Journal of Chicana and Latina Studies (Now Chicana/Latina Studies) 3, 1/2, 2001, pp. 12-46.