Shinsuke Eguchi

Associate Professor

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Room 233

Ph.D., Howard University, 2011


Dr. Eguchi characterizes themselves as a critical intercultural scholar. They studied 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 Intercultural Communication Studies, GLBTQ (Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender-Queer) Communication Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Asian/Pacific/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.


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 signifiers represent contemporary trans-Asian connections and disconnections to Blackness?

Sample Publications (Since 2015)

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Books Edited:

Eguchi, S., Calafell, B. M., & Abdi, S. (Eds.) (in press). De-Whitening intersectionality: 

Race, intercultural communication, and politics. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 

Eguchi, S. & Calafell, B. M. (Eds.). (2020). 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.  

- Reviewed by Rintrona III, A. (2017). Intercultural communication in Japan: Theorizing homogenizing discourse (Review). Iowa Journal of Communication, 49 (2), 203-207. 

Peer Reviewed Special Issues/Sections/Forums Edited:

Eguchi, S. (2021, in process). Global queer and trans* studies. Journal of International and 

Intercultural Communication. Scheduled for Fall or Winter Issue.  

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.  

Eguchi, S. (2020, in process). Im/Possibilities of Queer/Trans Worldmaking Allies: The 

Commodification of GLBTQ Pride Movement in the Age of Liberal Capitalism. QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking. Scheduled for Winter 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 in GLBTQ Worldmaking. Scheduled for 7(1). 

Peer-Reviewed Articles in Refereed Journals:

Eguchi, S., & Calafell, B. M. (2020, in press). Queer relationalities, impossible: The Politics of 

homonationalism and failure in LOGO’s Fire Island. Journal of Homosexuality. Accepted on October 2, 2019. 

Spieldenner, A., & Eguchi, S. (2020, in press). A call to arms: Two queer men of color’s 

autoethnography of coalition politics. Cultural StudiesCritical Methodologies. 20 (2). DOI: 10.1177/1532708619884962 

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. DOI: 10.1080/07491409.2019.1696435 

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 

- 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. 

-Included under Bryant K. Alexander’s Editing Section of Queer Performance and Performativities

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 

- 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. DOI: 10.1080/17513057.2015.991077 

- 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. (in process). Queer fantasy: A memory of Michael Sam’s big gay kiss. In A. Atay, Y-

W. Chen, & A. Gonzalez (Eds.), Contested public memory in intercultural contexts. New York: Peter Lang. Revised Manuscript submitted on August 29, 2019.  

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.), Intercultural health communication: At the intersection of health and intercultural communication. New York: Peter Lang.  

Calafell, B. M., Eguchi, S., & Abdi, A. (2020, in press). Introduction: De-whitening 

intersectionality in intercultural communication. In S. Eguchi, B. M. Calafell, & Abdi, S (Eds), De-Whitening Intersectionality: Race, Intercultural Communication, and PoliticsLanham, MD: Lanham, MD: Lexington Press. 

Calafell, B. M., & Eguchi, S. (2020, 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. (2020, in press). 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. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.  

Eguchi, S., & Calafell, B. M. (2020). Introduction: Reorienting queer intercultural 

communication. In S. Eguchi & B. M. Calafell (Eds.), Queer intercultural communication: The intersectional politics of belonging in and across differences (pp.1-16). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.  

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.  

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. 

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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