Critical and Cultural Studies Division

Interest Group Awards

Listed here are awards given by the Interest Group to its members. Interests Groups are smaller communities within NCA's large membership that provide a range of resources including networking opportunities, Annual Convention programming, leadership opportunities, awards, and specialized information dissemination channels, among others.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Year Award Winner
2011 Raymie McKerrow
2009 Lawrence Grossberg

Young Leader-Scholar Award

Year Award Winner
2012 Karma Chavez
2009 Ted Striphas

Scholar-Activist Award

Year Award Winner
2022 Louis M. Maraj
2021 Marianne LeGreco
2020 Kimberly R. Moffitt
2018 Amber Johnson
2016 Suzanne Enck
2015 Rachel Griffin
2014 Todd Wolfson
2012 Todd Wolfson

Outstanding Article Award

Year Award Winner
2023 José Ángel Maldonado, “Plátano’s Pharmacy: The Republic’s Taste of its own Medicine”
  Charles Athanasopoulos, “Fanonian Slips: The Rhetorical Function & Field of the White Mask”
2022 Godfried A. Asante & Jenna Hanchey, "African Communication Studies: A Provocation and Invitation," published in Review of Communication in 2021. 
2021 Fatima Zahrae Chrifi Alaoui, "Morocco from a Colonial to a Postcolonial Era: The Sociopolitical Environment Through a Grandmother’s Autoethnography";
2021 Scott J. Varda & Leslie A. Hahneri, "Black Panther and the Alt-Right: Networks of Racial Ideology";
2020 Kyle Larson & George "Guy" McHendry Jr.,"Parasitic Public"
2019 Robert Mejia, Kay Beckermann, and Curtis Sullivan, “White Lies: A Racial History of the (Post)Truth”
2018 Kate Lockwood Harris, "Re-situating Organizational Knowledge: Violence, Intersectionality, and the Privilege of the Partial Perspective" Human Relations, 17(3), 2017, 263-285
2016 Jason Edward Black and Vernon Ray Harrison, "Southern Paternal Generationalism and the Rhetoric of the Drive-By Truckers", Western Journal of Communication, 29:3, (May, 2015): 283-306
2015 Lee Pierce, “A Rhetoric of Traumatic Nationalism in the Ground Zero Mosque Controversy”, Quarterly Journal of Speech, 100 (2014): 53-80
2014 Dana L. Cloud, “Shock Therapy, Oprah Winfrey, Celebrity Philanthropy and Disaster ‘Relief’ in Haiti,” Critical Studies in Media Communication, 31:1, (February, 2012): 42-56
2014 Erin J. Rand, “An Appetite for Activism: The Lesbian Avengers and the Queer Politics of Visibility,” Women’s Studies in Communication, 36:2 (June, 2013): 121-141
2012 Michelle Rodino- Colocino, “Greek Jeremiads: Speaking the Crisis of Job Loss by Opposing Offshored and H-1B Labor,” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 9:1 (March, 2012): 22-46
2010 Aysel Morin, “Victimization of Muslim Women in Submission,” Women’s Studies in Communication, 32:3 (September, 2009): 380-408
2009 John Howard and Laura Privadera, “The Fallen Woman Archetype,” Women’s Studies in Communication, 31:3 (October, 2008): 287-311
2008 Jennifer Daryl Slack, “Resisting Ecocultural Studies,” Cultural Studies, 22:3-4, pp. 477-497
2005 Pablo Boczkowski, “Digitizing the News”

Outstanding Dissertation Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Emily Krebs, "Disrupting Suicidism: Anti-Oppressive Approaches to Addressing the Desire to Die"
2022 Vincent Russell, "Making Space for Marginalized Voices: Deliberative Activism in Participatory Budgeting,"
2021 Amber Kelsie, "'I know who you are': Antiblackness in the Speculative Rhetorics of Genetic Genealogy"
2020 Diana Leon,"Bienvenida a Disney, Princess Elena: Exploring Race, Age, and Gender in Disney’s Elena of Avalor" 
2020 Sara Baugh-Harris, "Julia De Burgos, Embodied Excess, and (un)Silenced Memory: A Decolonial Feminist Analysis of Performances of Resistance"
2019 Shannon O’Sullivan, “Frontiersman are the 'Real Men' in Trump’s America: Hegemonic Masculinity at Work on U.S. Cable’s Version of Blue-Collar Reality"
2018 Shadee Abdi, "Navigting the (Im)Perfect Performances of Queer Iranian-American Identity"
2016 Nick J. Sciullo, "A Rhetorical Analysis of Geroge Jackson's Soledad Brother: A Class Critical and Critical Race Theory Investigation of Prison Resistance"
2015 Megan Diane McFarlane, “U.S. Military Policy and the Discursive Construction of Servicewomen’s Bodies”
2014 Molly Niesen, “Crisis of Consumerism: Advertising, Activism, and the Battle over the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, 1968-1980”
2012 Timothy Barney, “(Re)Placing America: Cold War Mapping and the Mediation of International Space”
2010 Michael Lawrence, “Signature Remembrance: The Names of the 9/11 Dead and the Play of Rhetoricity”
2009 Isaac West, “Legal Transcripts: Transgender Rhetoric of Law and Everday Life”
2008 Giorgia Aiello, "Visions of Europe: The semiotic production of transnational identity in contemporary European visual discourse"
2005 Brian Lain, “Remembering Internment: The Function of Japanese American Rhetorics in Multicultural America”
2004 Craig Robertson, “Passport Please: The US Passport and the Documentation of Individual Identity, 1845-1930"

Outstanding Book Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Armond Towns, On Black Media Philosophy
2022 Catalina M. de Onís, Energy Islands: Metaphors of Power, Extractivism, and Justice in Puerto Rico, published by University of California Press in 2021. 
  Louis M. Maraj, Black or Right: Anti/Racist Campus Rhetorics, published by Utah State University Press in 2020. 
2021 Lisa A. Flores, Deportable and Disposable: Public Rhetoric and the Making of the ‘Illegal’ Immigrant;
  Anjali Vats, The Color of Creatorship: Intellectual Property, Race, and the Making of Americans ;
2020 Amanda Nell Edgar, Culturally Speaking: The Rhetoric of Voice and Identity in a Mediated Culture (The Ohio State University Press, 2019)
2019 Sarah Jane Blithe, Anna Wiederhold Wolfe, and Breanna Mohr, Stories of Sex and Stigma: Work and Life in Nevada’s Legal Brothels (NYU Press, 2019)
2018 Patricia Davis, Laying Claim: African American Cultural Memory and Southern Identity (University of Alabama Press, 2016)
2016 Michael Middleton, Aaron Hess, Danielle Endres, and Samantha Senda-Cook, Participatory Critical Rhetoric: Theoretical and Methodological Foundations for Studying Rhetoric in Situ (Lexington Books, 2015)
2015 Erin J. Rand, Reclaiming Queer: Activist and Academic Rhetorics of Resistance (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2014)
2014 Sarah Sharma, In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics (Duke University Press, 2014)
2012 Michael Z. Newman & Elana Levine, Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Culture Studies (Routledge, 2012)
2010 Ted Striphas, The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control (Colombia University Press)
2009 Helene Schugart and Catherine Wagner, Making Camp (The University of Alabama Press)
2008 Jeremy Packer, Mobility Without Mayhem: Safety, Cars and Citizenship (Duke University Press)
2007 Phaedra C. Pezzullo, Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Travel, Pollution, and Environmental Justice (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2007)
2005 Daniel Makagon, Where the Ball Drops: Days and Nights in Times Square (University of Minnesota Press)

Top Student Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2021 Myles Mason, "Developing Media Infrastructures for Racialized Imaginaries: An affective historiography of 911 emergencies";
2021 Jordan L. Johnson, "Melancholic Memory: El Grito as Cinematic Haunting";
2021 Nicholas Lepp, "Thanatopolitical Mourning and the Ashes Action: Subjectivizing the Dead and Disrupting the Liberal Human";
2021 Kesha Shalyn James, "Visualizing the Revolution: Emory Douglas, Constitutive Rhetoric, and the Black Panther Party";
2020 Sarah Dweik, "White-, pink-, and art-washing violence: Boycott Eurovision’s position in exposing coloniality in Palestine"
2012 Emily Kofoed, “Maquiladora Bodies and Gendered Capital at the U.S.-Mexico Border”
2009 Carol Chow, “The Streets as Battlefield”
2008 Melanie Loehwing, “Reinventing Home: Chuck Palahniuk’s Parable of Lady Baglady”
2005 Rae Lynn Schwartz, “The Rhetorical Framing of National Geographic’s Afghan Girl: Visual Images and the Bush Administration’s Post-9/11 Biometric and Identification Policy”

Top Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2021 Kyle Christensen & Marina Levina, "Saving White Women: Vulnerability and the Immobilized Body in 'Don’t Breathe'" (2016);
2021 Michael J. Steudeman & Amanda Neil Edgar, "'Hey, Mr. Scott, whatcha gonna do?': Inducing White Cringe in 'Scott’s Tots'" ;
2021 Dongjing Kang, "Imagining Tibet: Representations of the Tibetan Grassroots Internet Celebrity Tenzin in Chinese Digital Media";
2021 Christian Alexander Vukasovich, "Emboldening Voices on Display: ‘Unite the Right’ and the Rise of the Radical White Supremacist Populism Transforming the American Visual Discourse";
2020 Linsay Cramer & Gabriel Cruz, "Whiteness, masculinity, and ammorality in Netflix’s The Punisher"
2020 Arlene Fernández, "‘Black like this’: Afro-Latinx performance and mediated boundaries of blackness"
2020 Darrian Carroll, "F+ck your condolences: The rhetoric of an impossible demand"
2020 Matthew Salzano, "Digitizing fictocriticism: Inventing and intervening in the bath with ContraPoints"
2012 Thomas R. Dunn, “A Community of Bricoleurs: Early GLBT Rhetors Making Do with Heterosexual History”
2009 Miranda Brady, “Discourse, Cultural Policy and Other Mechanisms of Power: The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian”

New Investigator Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Louis M. Maraj
2022 Jenna Hanchey
2021 Michael Lechuga
2020 Jungmin Kwon 
2019 Tiara Na'puti
2018 Robert Mejia
2018 Myra Washington
2015 Casey Ryan Kelley
2012 Karma Chavez

Distinguished Scholar Award

Year Award Winner
2022 Karma R. Chávez
2021 Bernadette Calafell
2020 Angharad Valdivia
2020 Charles E. Morris III
2019 Lisa Flores
2019 Tina M. Harris
2018 Thomas Nakayama
2018 Ronald Jackson
2016 Raka Shome
2015 Kent A. Ono
2014 Dana L. Cloud
2012 Ronald Walter Greene