Shinsuke Eguchi

Assistant Professor
Director of Doctoral Program

Photo: Shinsuke Eguchi


Office: Room 233

Ph.D., Howard University, 2011


Dr. Eguchi characterizes himself as a critical scholar who examines the intersection of culture and communication. He studied culture and communication throughout his undergraduate and graduate trainings at San Francisco State University (B.A.), New York University (M.A.), and Howard University (Ph.D.). Upon completion of his doctorate, he undertook post-doctoral training in transnationalism, diaspora, and migration in the communication studies department at the University of Denver.

Dr. Eguchi's research and teaching interests are in critical intercultural communication studies, GLBTQ (Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender-Queer) communication studies, Asian/Pacific/American communication studies, Japanese culture and communication studies, and performance studies.

Dr. Eguchi is a recipient of the 2017 Cooley Award and 2017 Outstanding Article of the Year sponsored by the International and Intercultural Communication Division at National Communication Association (NCA).


Guided by critical race theory and queer of color critique, I am specifically interested in studying the following areas: intersectional queer politics of race; representation, visibility, and popular culture; desire, intimacy, and relationality; technology, performance, and sex; transnationalism, diaspora, and migration.  The following questions guide my current research direction: 

  • What culture-specific and text-specific nuances of “intersectional” knowledge are embedded in the material realities of queer people of color? 
  • How are queer people of color represented and underrepresented in popular media? 
  • How do queer people of color perform their sexual desire, intimacy, and relationality? 
  • How do technologies alter, shape, and/or reinforce queer performances of sex?
  • In what ways is Western gay imperialism globally and locally circulated through media, culture, and communication? 
  • What is the role of transnationalism, diaspora, and migration in reproducing the Japanese popular media representations of gender/sex, sexuality, and body?
  • What are the salient characteristics of contemporary trans-Asian/Pacific/American connections
  • What signifiers represent contemporary trans-Asian (dis)connections to Blackness in media and cultural contexts?

Sample Publications


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Toyosaki, S., & Eguchi, S. (Eds.). (2017). Intercultural communication in Japan: Theorizing homogenized discourse. New York: Routledge.

Articles in Refereed Journals:

Eguchi, S., Files-Thompson, N., & Calafell, B. M. (in press). Queer (of color) aesthetics:  Fleeting moments of transgression in VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood Season 2. Critical Studies in Media Communication.  Online First.

Eguchi, S., & Baig, N. (in press). Examining embodied struggles in cultural reentry through intersectional reflexivity. Howard Journal of Communications.  Online First.

Eguchi, S., & Ding, Z. (2017). “Uncultural” Asian Americans in ABC’s Dr. Ken. Popular Communication, 15(4), 296-310.

Eguchi, S. (2016). The Orlando Pulse massacre:  A transnational Japanese queer response.  QED:  A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking, 3(3), 164-167.

Eguchi, S., & Washington, M. (2016). Race-ing queerness: Homonormative intimacies in LOGO’s DTLA. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 40(4), 408-423.

Eguchi, S., & Asante, G. (2016). Disidentifications revisited: Queer(y)ing intercultural communication theory. Communication Theory, 26(2), 171-189.

Eguchi, S., & Spieldenner, A. (2015). The two “gaysian” junior faculty talking about experience: A collaborative autoethnography. QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, 2(3), 125-143.

Eguchi, S. & Roberts, M. N. (2015). Gay rapping and possibilities: A quare reading of “Throw That Boy P***y.” Text and Performance Quarterly, 35(2/3), 142-157.

Eguchi, S. (2015). Queer intercultural relationality: An autoethnography of Asian-Black (dis)connections in White gay America. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 8(1), 27-43.

         - Reprinted in Dreama G. Moon & Michelle A. Holling (Eds.), Race(ing) intercultural communication:  Racial logics in a colorblind era (2016; pp. 27-43).  New York:  Routledge.

Book Chapters:

Eguchi, S. (2017). Japanese male-queer femininity: An autoethnographic reflection on Matsuko Deluxe as an onē-kei talent. In S. Toyosaki & S. Eguchi (Eds.), Intercultural communication in Japan: Theorizing homogenized discourse (pp. 73-85). New York: Routledge.

Toyosaki, S., & Eguchi, S. (2017). Powerful uncertainty for the future of Japan’s cultural diversity: Theorizing Japanese homogenizing discourses. In S. Toyosaki & S. Eguchi (Eds.), Intercultural communication in Japan: Theorizing homogenized discourse (pp. 1-23). New York: Routledge.

Eguchi, S. (2016). Queer foreignness and intersectionality: A case for “doing” sexual and cultural mixing and mingling across borders. In J. Manning & C. Noland (Eds.), Contemporary studies of sexuality & communication: Theory and practice (pp. 291-304). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

Eguchi, S. (2016).But I ain’t your geisha!”:(Re)Framing the ‘femme’ gay Asian male body in the global context. In K. Sorrells & S. Sekimoto (Eds.), Globalizing intercultural communication: A reader (pp.77-83). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Selected Awards

Awards for Publication

The 2017 Outstanding Article of the Year, National Communication Association (NCA), International and Intercultural Communication Division, November 2017.

The 2016 Monograph of the Year Award, National Communication Association (NCA), GLBTQ Communication Studies Division, November 2016.

Awards for Top-Ranked Paper

Top Faculty Papers Award, National Communication Association (NCA), International and Intercultural Communication Division, November 2017.

Top Papers Award, Western States Communication Association (WSCA), Intercultural Communication Interest Group, February 2015.  

Top Three Papers Award, Western States Communication Association (WSCA), Intercultural Communication Interest Group, February 2014.  

Recognition Awards 

Men’s Basketball Honorary Guest Coach, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, November 2014. 

  • (Nominated by Two Student-Athletes) –The Honorary Guest Coach is one way for the University to recognize the faculty who support academic programs of student-athletes.  

Committee of Scholars, Eastern Communication Association (ECA), 2014-2015 

  • (Appointed by the President) – The Committee of Scholars is one way for the Association to recognize up and coming scholars within the discipline of communication.  

Honorary Guest Speaker, Missouri State University’s Signature Event 10th Annual Public Affairs Conference, Springfield, MO, April 2014.  

Lavender Giraffe Award, University of Denver, Center for Multicultural Excellence, April 2012. 

  • (for non-tenure-track faculty) – recognizing the courage to “stick out” their necks for LGBTIQ&A issues through teaching and research.  

Teaching Style

I approach my teaching as a method to practice my culture, gender/sex/sexuality, and communication research. Specifically, the culture, gender/sex/sexuality, and communication-related courses become pedagogical spaces for me to perform my theories in practice. Also, I bring to these courses my own intellectual passions on studying culture, gender, and communication. Thus, I am strongly devoted to develop an academic advising relationship between students and me. By doing so, my goal is to assist students to become active members of an intellectual community and to develop critical, creative, transformative knowledge that are relevant for today’s globalized intercultural communication contexts.


I am interested in approaching my service as a way to increase the visibility of diversity and internationalization within and beyond the discipline of communication, the department, and the University. Ultimately, I intend to practice my research and teaching interests through service.

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