Liberal Arts


Communication Studies


Communication and Media, Politics

Areas of Expertise

Gender and culture

Karrin Vasby Anderson

Anderson, director of graduate studies for the Department of Communications Studies, researches the culture of politics and the politics of culture, examining the ways in which political identity is rhetorically constructed and contested in popular media.

She is coauthor or editor of three books: Women, Feminism, and Pop Politics: From “Bitch” to “Badass” and Beyond; Woman President: Confronting Postfeminist Political Culture; and Governing Codes: Gender, Metaphor, and Political Identity.

Anderson has published articles in scholarly journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Women’s Studies in Communication, Communication Quarterly, and White House Studies.

An award-winning author and scholar, Anderson blogs and writes for The Conversation regularly and is consulted as a political communication expert by local, national, and international media outlets.

Anderson earned her master’s in communications from Colorado State University and her Ph.D. from Indiana University.