Jaishikha Nautiyal, Ph.D.

Lecturer of Communication Studies

Jaishikha is a rhetorical scholar whose research takes place at the intersections of new materialist rhetorics featuring the body in everyday life, communication ethics, pragmatist aesthetics, and affect theory. Her dissertation titled “Quotidian Rhetoric:...

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

BA: Chemistry Honours, Hindu College, University of Delhi (India)

MA: Speech Communication, North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND)

Ph.D.: Rhetoric and Language Studies, University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)


Jaishikha is a rhetorical scholar whose research takes place at the intersections of new materialist rhetorics featuring the body in everyday life, communication ethics, pragmatist aesthetics, and affect theory. Her dissertation titled “Quotidian Rhetoric: An Impasse of Deweyan Aesthetics and Affective Encounters” features an inter-disciplinary study of the food truck culture in Austin, Texas through which she attempts to re-calibrate and re-vitalize aesthetic and ethical modes of civic engagement in the democratic commonplace. Her pedagogy emphasizes experiential and reflective approaches to learning with a deep attention to the rhythms of everyday life. In her free time, Jaishikha enjoys being quiet in nature, coffee shops, ambient music accompanying relaxing evenings, playful writing, amateur photography, walking, and belly-aching laughs with loved ones, whenever possible.

Nautiyal, J. (forthcoming). “Becoming a detour de force: De-hierarchizing directionality and mobility in rhetorical research.” Women’s Studies in Communication (special issue).

Stroud, S. R., & Nautiyal, J. (2018). “Stoic rhetoric and the ethics of empowered individualism: “The Will to Believe” as Moral Philosophy.” In J. L. Goodson (ed.), William James, Moral Philosophy, and the Ethical Life: The Cries of the Wounded. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 

Stroud, S. R., & Nautiyal, J. (2017). “Embedded stories and the use of ambiguity in ancient Indian narratives: Selfshadowing in the Anugītā.” Journal of Narrative Theory, 47(2), 167-196.

Nautiyal, J. (2016). “Aesthetic and affective experiences in coffee shops: A Deweyan engagement with ordinary affects in ordinary spaces.” Education and Culture: The Journal of John Dewey Society, 32 (2), 99-118. 

Nautiyal, J. (2016). Writing the desire that fire bore: Emergent motherhood in Hélène Cixous's The book of Promethea. Women's Studies in Communication, 39(4), 380-398. 

Nautiyal, J. (2016). “Listening with/to nature’s voice: An ethical polyphony.” International Journal of Listening, 30(3), 151-162.