Shinsuke Eguchi

Assistant Professor
Director of Doctoral Program

Photo: Shinsuke Eguchi


Office: Room CJ 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, GLBTQ (Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender-Queer) communication studies, Asian /Pacific/American communication studies, Japanese culture and communication studies, and performance studies.

Dr. Eguchi is the 2016 recipient of the Monograph of the Year Award Sponsored by the GLBTQ Communication Studies Division at National Communication Association (NCA).


Critical race theory, queer theory, queer of color critique, and queer Asian/American critique guide my culture and communication research program. I am particularly interested in studying the following areas: intersectionality and queer critical race studies; gender/sex, sexuality, and the body; desire, intimacy, and relationality; transnationalism, diaspora, and migration; representation, visibility, and popular culture; and performance and critical/cultural methodologies. The following questions lead my current research direction

  • What culture-specific and text-specific nuances of “intersectional” knowledge are embedded in the material realities of GLBTQ (Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender-Queer) people of color?
  • How do GLBTQ people of color perform their same-sex desire, intimacy, and relationality in the historical and ideological contexts?
  • How are GLBTQ people of color represented in media and popular culture?
  • In what ways is Western gay imperialism globally and locally circulated?
  • What is the role of transnationalism in reproducing the Japanese popular cultural representations of gender/sex, sexuality, and the body?
  • What are the salient characteristics of contemporary Intra/Inter-Asian/Pacific/American relationality?

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., & Ding, Z. (in press). “Uncultural” Asian Americans in ABC’s Dr. Ken. Popular Communication.

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

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.

         - Awarded the 2016 Monograph of the Year Award in GLBTQ Communication Studies Division by National Communication Association (NCA).

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.

Favorite Authors:

I love reading any works that fall under communication, critical/cultural, feminist/queer, performance, and transnational/diasporic/migrant studies. In particular, I am a fan of E. Patrick Johnson, Tom Nakayama, Bernadette Marie Calafell, Karma R. Chávez, Jeffery Q McCune Jr, Bryant K. Alexander, José Esteban Muñoz, J. Jack Halberstam, Sara Ahmed, Victoria Chen, Gust A. Yep, Eng-Beng Lim, Nguyen Tan Hoang, C. Winter Han, Kent A. Ono, Michelle A Holling, Leilani Nishime, Hiram Perez, Rona T. Halualani, Etsuko Kinefichi, Dreama G. Moon, and many others.

Selected Awards

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

 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.

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

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.