Heather Crandall, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Department Chair of Communication Studies

Heather Crandall teaches courses in Rhetoric in Civic Life, Understanding Meaning-Making, Analyzing Public Texts and Discourse, The Rhetoric of Social Change, and Senior Seminar. Professor Crandall serves as the book review editor of Communication Research...

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Interdisciplinary Ph.D., Media Studies, Rhetoric, and American Studies. Washington State University

M.A., Communication Studies, Washington State University

B.A., Communication Studies, Washington State University

Courses Taught

Rhetoric in Civic Life

Understanding Meaning-Making

Analyzing Public Texts and Discourse

The Rhetoric of Social Change

Capstone Senior Seminar


Heather Crandall teaches courses in Rhetoric in Civic Life, Understanding Meaning-Making, Analyzing Public Texts and Discourse, The Rhetoric of Social Change, and Senior Seminar. Professor Crandall serves as the book review editor of Communication Research Trends. She is an affiliate faculty in the Women's and Gender Studies Department, and she serves on the board of the Northwest Alliance for Media Literacy. Dr. Crandall earned her interdisciplinary Ph.D. in American Studies, Communication, and Rhetoric from Washington State University. Her research interests include rhetoric and social change, communication pedagogy, and technofeminism.

Select Publications

Cunningham, C. M. & Crandall, H. M. (2019). Learning the Language of Justice Through Play. Journal of Hate Studies, 15(1), pp.183–202. DOI: http://doi.org/10.33972/jhs.167

Vanhorn, S., Ward, S. M., Weismann, K. M., Crandall, H., Ruele, J., Leonard, R. (2019). Exploring Active Learning Theories, Practices, and Contexts. Communication Research Trends, 38(3)5-24.

Cunningham, C. M., Crandall, H. M., Dare, A. M. (2018). Gender, communication, and the leadership gap is the 6th volume in the Women and Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice series published by the International Leadership Association.

Crandall, H., & Cunningham, C. M. (2018). Playing for change: Rhetorical strategies in human rights video games. Relevant Rhetoric, 9, 1-26

Cunningham, C., & Crandall, H. M. (2017). Performing graduate student: Impression management in online discussion forums. Northwest Journal of Communication, 45,1, 53-73.

Crandall, H. M. (2016). Locating community action outreach projects in the scholarship of media literacy pedagogy. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 8(2). 11-121.

Crandall, H., & Cunningham, C. M. (2016). Media ecology and hashtag activism: #Kaleidoscope. Explorations in Media Ecology, 15(1), 17-28. DOI: 10.1386/eme.15.1.17_1

2016, Crandall, H. [Review of Interrogating the Theory and Practice of Communication for Social Change: The Basis For a Renewal by By Pradip Ninan Thomas and Elske van de Fliert] Communication Research Trends, 35(1), 34-36.

Cunningham, C., & Crandall, H. M. (2014). Social media for social justice: Technofeminism in the digital village. In S. V. D. Iverson, & J. H. James (Eds.), Feminist community engagement: Achieving praxis (pp.75-91). Palgrave Macmillan.