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Shinsuke Eguchi

Associate Professor

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Room 233

Ph.D., Howard University, 2011


Dr. Eguchi characterizes themselves as a critical scholar who examines the intersection of culture and communication. They studied culture and communication throughout their undergraduate and graduate trainings at San Francisco State University (B.A.), New York University (M.A.), and Howard University (Ph.D.).

Dr. Eguchi's research and teaching interests are in Critical Intercultural Communication Studies, GLBTQ (Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender-Queer) Communication Studies, Critical Race Communication Studies, Asian/Pacific/American 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/Trans* Politics of Race; Gender, Sexuality, and the Body; Desire, Intimacy, and Relationality; Representation, Visibility, and Popular Culture; Transnationalism, Diaspora, and Migration; and Performance and Critical/Cultural Methodologies

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 LGBTQ (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Queer) people of color?
  • In what ways are western queer formations locally, nationally, and globally circulated through media, culture, and communication?
  • What is the role of transnationalism, diaspora, and migration in reproducing the Japanese popular cultural representations of gender/sex, sexuality, and body?
  • How do LGBTQ people of color perform their sexual desire, intimacy, and relationality?
  • How do technologies queer performances of gender, sex, and sexuality?
  • How are LGBTQ people of color represented and underrepresented in popular culture?
  • What are the salient characteristics of contemporary trans-Asian/Pacific/American connections?
  • What represent contemporary trans-Asian connections and disconnections to Blackness?

Sample Publications

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Books Edited:
Eguchi, S., Calafell, B. M., & Abdi, S. (Eds.) (under contract). De-Whitening intersectionality: Race, intercultural communication, and politics. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 

Eguchi, S. & Calafell, B. M. (Eds.). (2020, in press). Queer intercultural communication: The intersectional politics of belonging in and across differences. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 

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

Peer Reviewed Special Issues/Sections/Forums Edited :
Grimes, D. S., Eguchi, S., & Calafell, B. M. (2021, in process). Mindfulness in the communication discipline: What can it mean? Western Journal of Communication. Scheduled for Spring or Summer Issue. 

McIntosh, D. M. D., & Eguchi, S. (Eds). (2020, in process). The troubled past, present disjunctures, and possible futures: Intercultural communication research and performance studies. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. Scheduled for Fall Issue. 

Chevrette, R., & Eguchi, S. (Eds). (2020, in press). “We don’t see LGBTQ differences”:  Cisheteronormativity and concealing phobias and irrational fears behind rhetorics of acceptance. QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking

Peer-Reviewed Articles in Refereed Journals:
Spieldenner, A., & Eguchi, S. (2020, in press). A call to arms: Two queer men of color’s autoethnography of coalition politics. Cultural Studies↔Critical Methodologies. 20 (2). 

Eguchi, S. (2019). Transnational LGBTQ pride: Whiteness, health, and wellbeing in VICELAND’s Gaycation. China Media Research, 15(3), 83-92. ISSN: 1556-889X

Eguchi, S. & Long, H. (2019). Queer relationality as family: Yas fats! yas femmes! yas Asians!  Journal of Homosexuality, 66(11), 1589-1606. DOI:10.1080/00918369.2018.1505756. 

Eguchi, S., Files-Thompson, N., & Calafell, B. M. (2018). Queer (of color) aesthetics: Fleeting moments of transgression in VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood Season 2. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 35(2), 180-193. DOI:10.1080/15295036.2017.1385822 

Eguchi, S. & Collier, M. J. (2018). Critical intercultural mentoring and allying: A continuing struggle for change in the academy. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 7(2), 49-71. DOI:10.1525/dcqr.2018.7.2.49 

Eguchi, S., & Baig, N. (2018). Examining embodied struggles in cultural reentry through intersectional reflexivity. Howard Journal of Communications, 29(1), 33-48. DOI: 10.1080/10646175.2017.1315692 

Eguchi, S., & Ding, Z. (2017). “Uncultural” Asian Americans in ABC’s Dr. Ken. Popular Communication, 15(4), 296-310. DOI: 10.1080/15405702.2017.1326604 

Eguchi, S., & Washington, M. (2016). Race-ing queerness: Homonormative intimacies in LOGO’s DTLA. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 40(4), 408-423. DOI: 10.1177/0196859916658027 

Eguchi, S., & Asante, G. (2016). Disidentifications revisited: Queer(y)ing intercultural communication theory. Communication Theory, 26(2), 171-189. DOI: 10.1111/comt.12086 

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. DOI: 10.1080/10462937.2015.1025820 

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. DOI: 10.1080/17513057.2015.991077 

Book Chapters:
Eguchi, S. (in press). Quare(ing) the normal and ordinary: Gaysian fabulosity. In M. Niles Goins, J.F. McAllister, & B. K. Alexander (Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Communication and Gender. New York: Routledge. 

Eguchi, S. (in press). Sexualities as intersections: Disrupting the borders between health and intercultural communication. In A. Spieldenner & S. Toyosaki (Eds.), International health communication: At the intersection of health and intercultural communication. New York: Peter Lang. 

Eguchi, S. (in press). Queer loneliness, queer hopefulness: Toward restaging the intersectionality of gay + Asian/American. In J. G. Smith & C-S. Han (Eds.), Explorations on the intersection of race and sexuality. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 

Calafell, B. M., & Eguchi, S. (in press). Are we queer yet?: Queerness on the horizon in academia. In A. Johnson & B. LeMaster (Eds.), Dancing with gender in the intersections: Critical autoethnography, intercultural communication, and the case for gender futurity. New York: Routledge. 

Eguchi, S. (2019). Queerness as strategic whiteness: A queer Asian American critique of Peter Le. In D. M. D. McIntosh, D. G. Moon, & T. K. Nakayama (Eds.), Interrogating communicative power of whiteness (pp. 29-44). New York: Routledge.

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 Paper, Western States Communication Association (WSCA), Performance Studies Interest Group, February 2018.

Ralph Cooley Top Paper Award Winner, National Communication Association (NCA), International and Intercultural Communication Division, November 2017.

  • awarding the top number one faculty competitive paper among top four faculty competitive papers.

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

Recognition Awards 

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

  • recognizing the faculty who support academic programs of student-athletes.  

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

  • recognizing 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 and communication research. Specifically, the culture 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 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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