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: Intersectionality and Queer Critical Race Studies; Transnationalism, Diaspora, and Migration; Gender, Sex, and Sexuality; Desire, Intimacy, and Relationality; Representation, Visibility, and Popular Culture; 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) 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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Toyosaki, S., & Eguchi, S. (Eds.). (2017). Intercultural communication in Japan: Theorizing homogenized discourse. New York: Routledge.
     - Reviewed by Rintrona III, A. (2017). Intercultural communication in Japan: Theorizing homogenizing discourse (Review). Iowa Journal of Communication, 49 (2), 203-207.

Articles in Refereed Journals:

Eguchi, S. & Collier, M. J. (accepted, in press). Critical intercultural mentoring and allying: A continuing struggle for change in the academy. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research.

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. (2018). Examining embodied struggles in cultural reentry through intersectional reflexivity. Howard Journal of Communications, 29 (1), 33-48. 

Eguchi, S., & Ding, Z. (2017). “Uncultural” Asian Americans in ABC’s Dr. KenPopular 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. 
     - Awarded the 2017 Outstanding Article of the Year in International and Intercultural Communication Division by National Communication Association (NCA). 

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.  

Eguchi, S. (2014). Ongoing cross-national identity transformation: Living on the queer Japan-U.S. transnational borderland. Sexuality & Culture, 18 (4), 977-993. 

Eguchi, S., Calafell, B. M., & Files-Thompson, N. (2014). Intersectionality and quare theory:  Fantasizing African American men’s same-sex relationships in Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom. ommunication, Culture, & Critique, 7 (3), 371-389.  

Eguchi, S. (2014). Disidentifications from the West(ern): An autoethnography of becoming an Other. Cultural Studies↔Critical Methodologies, 14 (3), 279-285. 

Eguchi, S. (2013). Revisiting Asiacentricity: Toward thinking dialectically about Asian American identities and negotiation. Howard Journal of Communications, 24 (1), 95-115.  

Eguchi, S., & Starosta, W. J. (2012). Negotiating the model minority image: Performative aspects of college-educated Asian American professional men. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 13 (1), 88-97. 

Eguchi, S. (2011). Negotiating sissyphobia: A critical/ interpretive analysis of one ‘femme’ gay Asian body in the heteronormative world.  Journal of Men’s Studies, 19(1), 37-56. 

Eguchi, S. (2011). Cross-national identity transformation: Becoming a gay ‘Asian American’ man. Sexuality & Culture, 15(1), 19-40.  

Eguchi, S. (2009). Negotiating hegemonic masculinity: The rhetorical strategy of ‘straight-acting’ among gay men. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 38(3), 193-209. 

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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