Shinsuke Eguchi

Associate Professor

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Room 233

Ph.D., Howard University, 2011



Dr. Eguchi characterizes themselves as a Critical Cultural Communication scholar. They studied intersections among culture, power, 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 Cultural Studies; International and Intercultural Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Gender, Sexuality, and Queer Studies; Race and Ethnic Studies; Asian/American Studies; and Performance Studies.  

Dr. Eguchi is a recipient of the 2019 Randy Majors Award - annually recognizing an individual who has made outstanding contributions to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender scholarship in communication studies - bestowed by the National Communication Association's (NCA) Caucus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns.



I characterize myself as a critical cultural communication scholar whose research interests focus on intersectional queer politics of race; gender, sexuality, and the body; desire, romance, and relationality; representation, visibility, popular culture; and transnationalism, diaspora, and migration. More specifically, I deploy queer of color critique to examine the interlocking systems of power and domination rooted in socially constructed categories of differences, such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, nation, coloniality, language, and the body. I privilege an intersectional queer analytic that centralizes historically saturated and cultural nuances of knowledge(s) emerged from lived experiences of minoritized sexual and gender people of color. It interrogates the complexities and contradictions of power, social institutions, interactions, and processes. My mobilization of queer of color critique elaborates the issues and concerns of globalization, transnationalism, postcolonialism, migration, or diaspora grounded in social activism and advocacy. 

Guided by queer of color critique as described above, I engage in a fusion of critical cultural performative methodologies to interrogate intersections among culture and communication pertaining to socially constructed categories of differences. My primary methodological choices grounded in the politics of empowering historically marginalized people and groups are critical cultural performative approaches to autoethnography, interview narratives, and rhetorical theory and criticism. From the multi-methodological approach, I address the following questions:  

  1. What culture-specific and text-specific nuances of “intersectional” knowledge are embedded in the material realities of queer people of color?  
  2. How do queer people of color perform sexual desire, romance, and relationality? 
  3. How do technologies alter, shape, or reinforce queer performances of sex?  
  4. How are queer people of color represented and underrepresented in popular culture?  
  5. What are the salient characteristics of contemporary trans-Asian/American connections?  
  6. What signifiers represent contemporary trans-Asian (dis)connections to Blackness in relational, cultural, and mediated contexts?  


Sample Publications (Since 2020)

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PUBLICATIONS (Student co-authors are marked*): 


Eguchi, S. (2022). Asians loving Asians: Sticky rice homoeroticism and queer politicsPeter Lang. (Critical Intercultural Communication Studies series).   


Edited Books: 

Eguchi, S., Calafell, B. M., & Abdi, S. (Eds.). (2020). De-Whitening intersectionality: Race, intercultural communication, and politics.Lexington Books. 

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

Awarded the 2020 Book of the Year Award in GLBTQ Communication Studies Division by National Communication Association (NCA). 

- Reviewed by Pérez, K. (2020). Reviewed Work: Queer Intercultural Communication: The Intersectional Politics of Belonging in and Across Differencesby Shinsuke Eguchi, Bernadette Calafell. QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking, 7 (3), 230-232.  


Peer-Reviewed Articles in Refereed Journals: 

Eguchi, S., & Calafell, B. M. (2023). Queer relationalities, impossible: The Politics of homonationalism and failure in LOGO’s Fire Island. Journal of Homosexuality, 70 (1), 149-167.

Oh, D. C., & Eguchi, S. (2022). Racial privilege as a function of White supremacy and contextual advantages for Asian Americans. Communication, Culture, & Critique, 15(4), 471-478.

Eguchi, S., & Kimura, K.* (2021). Racialized im/possibilities: Intersectional queer-of-color critique on Japaneseness in Netflix’s Queer Eye: We’re in Japan!Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 14 (3), 221-239. 

Jones, S.*, & Eguchi, S. (2021). Queerness, sounded: Autoethnographic aurality. Review  of Communication, 21(1), 82-93.  

Spieldenner, A., & Eguchi, S. (2020). A call to arms: Two queer men of color’s autoethnography of coalition politics. Cultural StudiesCritical Methodologies, 20 (2), 134-143. 

Eguchi, S. (2020). The politics of queerphobias: In the communication discipline. QED:A  Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, 7(1), 60-67.  

Eguchi, S. (2020). Sticky rice politics: Impossible possibilities of queerness in and across Yellow Fever and Front Cover. Women’s Studies in Communication, 43(1), 67-84. 

- Awarded the 2020 Outstanding Article in Asian/Pacific American Communication Studies Division & Caucus by National Communication Association (NCA).  


Invited Articles in Refereed Journals: 

Eguchi, S. (2021). On the horizon: Desiring global queer and trans* studies in international and intercultural communication. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 14 (4), 275-283. 

Eguchi, S. (2021). What is “Queer Asia?”: A struggling pathway to globalizing queer studies in communication. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 18 (2), 196-203.  

McIntosh, D. M. D., & Eguchi, S. (2020). The troubled past, present disjunctures, and possible futures: Intercultural performance communication. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 49 (5), 395-409. 

Eguchi, S. (2020). A transnational queer of color vision: Toward the “future” of autoethnography. Journal of Autoethnography, 1(3), 309-314. 

Eguchi, S. (2020). Japan’s masculinist politics: An intersectional queer critique of actor Narimiya Hiroki’s retirement from the entertainment industry. Women & Language, 43(2), 317-324.  

  • A Conference Proceeding of Keynote Speech from the 2019’s Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG) in Cincinnati, OH.  

Chevrette, R., & Eguchi, S. (2020). Introduction: “We don’t see LGBTQ differences”: Cisheteronormativity and concealing phobias and irrational fears behind rhetorics of acceptance. QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, 7(1), 55-60.  


Book Chapters: 

Miller, A.*, & Eguchi, S. (2022). Fuck (gay) racism: Queer Asian American rhetorics of Abe Kim’s TikTok. In J. Rhode & J. Alexander (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of queer rhetoric (pp.250-257). Routledge.  

Eguchi, S. (2021). Queer fantasy: A memory of Michael Sam’s big gay kiss. In A. Atay, Y.W. Chen, & A. Gonzalez (Eds.), Intercultural memories: Contesting places, spaces, and Stories (pp.115-133). Peter Lang.

Eguchi, S. (2021). Gaysian fabulosity: Quare(ing) the normal and ordinary. In M. Niles Goins, J.F. McAllister, & B. K. Alexander (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of gender and communication (pp. 45-58). Routledge.  

 Eguchi, S. (2020). Queer(ing) spaces: Sexualities as critical intersections among health and intercultural communication. In A. Spieldenner & S. Toyosaki (Eds.), Intercultural health communication (pp.39-56). Peter Lang.  

Calafell, B. M., & Eguchi, S. (2020). Are we queer yet?: Queerness on the horizon in academia. In A. Johnson & B. LeMaster (Eds.), Gender futurity, intersectional autoethnography: Embodied theorizing from the margins (pp. 69-84). Routledge.  

Eguchi, S. (2020). Queer loneliness, queer hopefulness: Toward restaging the intersectionality of gay + Asian/American from the Southwest. In J. G. Smith & C-S. Han (Eds.), Home and community for queer men of color: The intersection of race and sexuality (pp.107-122). Rowman & Littlefield.

Selected Awards

Awards for Publication 

The 2020 Book of the Year Award, National Communication Association (NCA), GLBTQ   
Communication Studies Division, November, 2020.   
The 2020 Outstanding Article Award, National Communication Association (NCA), Asian/Pacific American Communication Studies Division & Caucus, November, 2020.   
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, National Communication Association (NCA), Asian/Pacific American Communication Studies Division, November, 2021.  

Top Paper, National Communication Association (NCA), GLBTQ Communication Studies Division, November, 2021.   

Top Paper Panel, Western States Communication Association (WSCA), Performance Studies Interest Group, February 2019.  
Top Paper, Western States Communication Association (WSCA), Performance Studies Interest Group, February 2018.   

Recognition Awards 

Randy Majors Memorial Award, National Communication Association (NCA), The Caucus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns, Baltimore, MD, November, 2019. 

  • recognizing individuals who have made outstanding contributions to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender scholarship in communication studies. Each year the Caucus presents the award to one individual at the National Communication Association annual convention. 

Teaching Style

I approach my teaching as a method to practice my Critical Cultural Communication research. Specifically, the Critical Cultural 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 intersections among culture, power, 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 transcultural communication contexts. 


I am interested in approaching my service as a way to practice my commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity within and beyond the Descipline of Communication, the Department, and the University. Ultimately, I intend to perform my research and teaching interests in Critical Cultural Communication through service. 

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