Press Room

The National Communication Association Presents “Communicating about the Role of Race and Social Change in Politics,” A Virtual Public Program

October 9, 2020
Political, Race/Class/Gender

(Washington, DC) — The National Communication Association recently released a special public program episode of Communication Matters: The NCA Podcast featuring a panel of experts on communicating about race, social movements, and political communication. The panel is moderated by NCA Executive Director Trevor Parry-Giles. The panelists addressed a variety of topics related to race, social movements, and politics, including how protests may change after the November election, the importance of intersectionality, the role of scholars in amplifying the voices of protestors through teaching and research, and the effects of systemic oppression on political participation.  

You can watch the virtual public program on NCA’s YouTube page, or listen to the special episode of the Communication Matters podcast.


  • Glenn Bracey, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Villanova University

Dr. Bracey’s scholarship focuses on race, social movements, and religion. Bracey is currently the co-principal investigator of the Race, Religion, and Justice Project, which is the largest, most comprehensive sociological study of race and religion in the history of the U.S.

  • Josue David Cisneros, Associate Professor and Conrad Humanities Scholar, Department of Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Dr. Cisneros researches public rhetoric about race/ethnicity, citizenship, and national identity, as well as rhetorics of resistance and social movement. Cisneros is the author of “The Border Crossed Us”: Rhetorics of Borders, Citizenship, and Latina/o Identity.

  • Lisa A. Flores, Associate Professor of Communication and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Media, Communication, and Information, University of Colorado, Boulder

Dr. Flores researches and teaches in the areas of rhetoric, critical race studies, and gender/queer studies. Flores is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Communication Association’s Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award. 

  • Isaac Hale, Lecturer of Political Science, University of California, Davis 

Dr. Hale has published research on electoral systems, legislative representation, and the intersections of race and American politics. Hale is involved in projects analyzing how racial attitudes affect voter behavior and legislative representation, particularly in U.S. elections. 

Learn more about the panelists and the virtual public program here.


To arrange an interview with one or all of the panelists, contact Grace Hébert at 202-534-1104 or

About the National Communication Association

The National Communication Association (NCA) advances Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems. NCA supports inclusiveness and diversity among our faculties, within our membership, in the workplace, and in the classroom; NCA supports and promotes policies that fairly encourage this diversity and inclusion.

For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and find us on Facebook.