Department of Communication & Journalism

MSC 03 2240
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505)-277-5305

Faculty Authors

Marco Briziarelli - Assistant Professor

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The Red Brigades and the Discourse of Violence: Revolution and Restoration

This book explores the communicative practices of the Italian radical group Red Brigades (Brigate Rosse, or BR), the relationship the group established with the Italian press, and the specific social historical context in which the BR developed both its own self-understanding and its complex dialectical connection with the society at large. The BR’s worldview and the dominant ideology(ies) mediated by the press are treated as competing responses to structural issues of Italian history: the structural weakness of the nation state, the contradictions of an uneven economic development, and the consequent struggle of the bourgeois class to achieve hegemonic rule.

Available on Amazon.com.


Reviving Gramsci: Crisis, Communication, and Change
Co-authored with Susana Martinez-Guillem

Engaging debates within cultural studies, media and communication studies, and critical theory, this book addresses whether Gramscian thought continues to be relevant for social and cultural analysis, in particular when examining times of crisis and social change. The book is motivated by two intertwined but distinct purposes: first, to show the privileged and fruitful link between a "Gramscian Theory of Communication" and a "Communicative Theory of Gramsci;" second, to explore the ways in which such a Gramscian perspective can help us interpret and explain different forms of political activism in the twenty-first century, such as "Occupy" in the US, "Indignados" in Spain, or "Movimento Cinque Stelle" in Italy.

Schedule for publication March, 2016

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Laura L Burton - Lecturer II

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Burton, L. L.  (2012). Defacement: Indigenous Patients' Experiences in Baja Verapaz, Guatemala.  Howard Journal of Communications, 23(2), 119-135.

Patricia O. Covarrubias - Associate Professor,  Joint Appointment in Chicana/Chicano Studies

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Culture, Communication and Cooperation: Interpersonal Relations and Pronominal Address in a Mexican Organization was written by communication associate professor Patricia O. Covarrubias. It is based on an ethnographic study of 550 workers in a Mexican industrial organization in Veracruz.

Originally published in 2002, it was re-issued in paperback in 2005. It can be found at Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, and it can be seen at barnesandnoble.com.

Hall, Covarrubias, and Kirschbaum (2018), Among cultures: The challenge of communication, is a unique cultural/intercultural communication textbook as it fundamentally is inspired by narratives and by interpretive lenses (including the Ethnography of Communication). Although it is a textbook, and, thus, a distillation of the work of other authors, it also is unique in that it includes much of the authors' original research.

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Shinsuke Eguchi - Assistant Professor,  Director of Doctoral Program

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Japan is heterogeneous and culturally diverse, both historically through ancient waves of immigration and in recent years due to its foreign relations and internationalization. However, Japan has socially, culturally, politically, and intellectually constructed a distinct and homogeneous identity. More recently, this identity construction has been rightfully questioned and challenged by Japan’s culturally diverse groups.

This book explores the discursive systems of cultural identities that regenerate the illusion of Japan as a homogeneous nation. Contributors from a variety of disciplines and methodological approaches investigate the ways in which Japan’s homogenizing discourses are challenged and modified by counter-homogeneous message systems. They examine the discursive push-and-pull between homogenizing and heterogenizing vectors, found in domestic and transnational contexts and mobilized by various identity politics, such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, foreign status, nationality, multiculturalism, and internationalization. After offering a careful and critical analysis, the book calls for a complicating of Japan’s homogenizing discourses in nuanced and contextual ways, with an explicit goal of working towards a culturally diverse Japan.

Taking a critical intercultural communication perspective, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of Japanese Studies, Japanese Culture and Japanese Society.

This book can be found at Routledge.com.

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Miguel Gandert - Distinguished Professor Emeritus

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Journalism professor Miguel Gandert is the co-author with Enrique R. Lamidrid of the award-winning book Hermanitos Comanchitos: Indo-Hispano Rituals of Captivity and Redemption.

Through its text and photographs, the book explores one of the great shared festivals of the Pueblo and Hispano communities, known as Los Comanches. Hermanitos Comanchitos won the 2004 Chicago Folklore Prize and it also won a Border Regional Library Association Book Award. Available in hardbound or paperback, it includes a CD with performances of festival songs.

The book can be found at University of New Mexico Press, and it can be seen at barnesandnoble.com or at amazon.com.

Gandert also took the photographs and co-authored Nuevo México: Rituals of an Indo-Hispano Homeland. It conveys the colorful and enduring mestizo culture in the upper Rio Grande corridor with Indo-Hispanos performing rituals and dances rooted in the syncretism of garb and gods of the Old and New Spains.

The book can be found at at barnesandnoble.com or at amazon.com.

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Dirk Gibson - Associate Professor

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Associate professor Dirk C. Gibson has produced a third book on serial murderers, this one titled Serial Killing for Profit: Multiple Murder for Money.

In his 2009 book, Dr. Gibson focuses on serial killers motivated by monetary gain, which includes one-quarter of cases classified as serial murders.

Serial Killing for Profit can be seen at amazon.com and it also can be seen at barnesandnoble.com.

In his second book in the series, Serial Murder and Media Circuses, Dr. Gibson presents and analyzes the role of communication—rhetoric, journalism and public relations—in the highly charged and emotional atmosphere of serial murders, and he points to the troubling downside of mass press coverage of these horrific crimes.

The book can be found at Greenwood Publishing Group, and it can be seen at amazon.com or at barnesandnoble.com.

His first book in the series, Clues from Killers: Serial Murder and Crime Scene Messages, was released in 2004 by Praeger Publishers.

The first book describes the rhetorical behavior of serial murderers. Based on a sample of 500 serial killers, Clues from Killers includes chapters on the Mad Butcher of Cleveland, Jack the Ripper, the Black Dahlia Avenger, and Zodiac.

Clues from Killers can be found at Greenwood Publishing Group, and it can be seen at amazon.com or at barnesandnoble.com.

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Judith Hendry - Principal Lecturer,  Director of Masters Program

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Communication and the Natural World, by lecturer Judith Hendry, was published in 2010 by Strata Pub Co. Dr. Hendry's book explores the many ways in which our communication about the natural world profoundly affects how we perceive and interact with it. It discusses the complex and dramatic environmental issues that pervade our relationship with nature today. And it shows, clearly and vividly, how cultural, philosophical, commercial, mass-mediated, and popular discourse shape and are shaped by our responses to those issues.

Communication and the Natural World can be seen at amazon.com

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Susana Martinez Guillem - Assistant Professor

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Reviving Gramsci: Crisis, Communication, and Change
Co-authored with Marco Briziarelli

Engaging debates within cultural studies, media and communication studies, and critical theory, this book addresses whether Gramscian thought continues to be relevant for social and cultural analysis, in particular when examining times of crisis and social change. The book is motivated by two intertwined but distinct purposes: first, to show the privileged and fruitful link between a "Gramscian Theory of Communication" and a "Communicative Theory of Gramsci;" second, to explore the ways in which such a Gramscian perspective can help us interpret and explain different forms of political activism in the twenty-first century, such as "Occupy" in the US, "Indignados" in Spain, or "Movimento Cinque Stelle" in Italy.

Schedule for publication March, 2016

Richard Schaefer - Professor

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Journalism associate professor Richard Schaefer is the author of the department's first online textbook, titled Introduction to Media Writing. Itis for aspiring journalists and nonfiction writers, and it's the text for C&J 171: Introduction to Writing. The online book includes interactive exercises, and its contents can be shaped to support a nonfiction writing course structure.

The online book was published by Great River Technologies.

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David Weiss - Associate Professor

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The Rhetoric of American Exceptionalism: Critical Essays (co-edited by Jason A. Edwards and David Weiss)

The American experience has been defined, in part, by the rhetoric of exceptionalism. This book of 11 critical essays explores the notion as it is manifested across a range of contexts, including the presidency, foreign policy, religion, economics, American history, television news and sports. The idea of exceptionalism is explored through the words of its champions and its challengers, past and present. By studying how the principles of American exceptionalism have been used, adapted, challenged, and even rejected, this volume demonstrates the continued importance of exceptionalism to the mythology, sense of place, direction and identity of the United States, within and outside of the realm of politics.

Available on Amazon.com


What Democrats Talk About When They Talk About God: Religious Communication in Democratic Party Politics

What Democrats Talk about When They Talk about God is a collection of essays on the religious communication of past and present leaders of the Democratic Party, while in office, on the campaign trail, and in their public and private writing. While many books address issues at the intersection of church and state, this is the only volume that focuses exclusively on Democrats as important contributors to the dialogue about religion and politics in the United States.

Available on Amazon.com

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