Dr Kate Lockwood Harris

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Kate Lockwood Harris is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and a McKnight Presidential Fellow. She uses critical, feminist, and intersectional perspectives to answer the question, “How are violence and communication related?” Dr. Harris assumes that violence is a symptom of inequity, so she pays close attention to gender, race, and related systems of difference. Her research on organizational responses to sexual assault has been widely published in management, communication, cultural studies, and feminist outlets. This work, along with related projects on the power of writing, reflexivity, and language to sustain and transform violence, has won accolades at regional, national, and international conferences. An expert in interpersonal and organizational trauma, she consults with organizations to develop violence prevention programs. Her first book, Beyond the Rapist: Title IX and Sexual Violence on US Campuses (Oxford University Press), was recognized with the 2020 Book Award from the European Group for Organizational Studies.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Communication, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2013.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught
  • Introduction to Organizational Communication (COMM 3441)
  • Communication in Human Organizations: Connection, Conflict, and Change (COMM 5441)
  • Feminist Organizational Communication (COMM 8110)
  • McDonald, J., Harris, K. L., & Ramirez, J. (2020). Revealing and concealing difference: A critical approach to disclosure and an intersectional theory of “closeting.”Communication Theory, 30(1), 84–104. doi:10.1093/ct/qtz017
  • Harris, K. L. (2019). Beyond the rapist: Title IX and sexual violence on US campuses. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Harris, K. L., McFarlane, M., & Wieskamp, V. (2019). The promise and peril of agency as motion: A feminist new materialist approach to sexual violence and sexual harassment. Organization. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/1350508419838697
  • Harris, K. L. (2018). Yes means yes and no means no, but both these mantras need to go: Communication myths in consent education and anti-rape activism. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 46(2), 155-178. doi:10.1080/00909882.2018.1435900
  • Harris, K. L. (2017). Re-situating organizational knowledge: Violence, intersectionality, and the privilege of partial perspective. Human Relations, 70(3), 263-285. doi:10.1177/0018726716654745
  • Harris, K. L., & Fortney, J. M. (2017). Reflexive caring: Rethinking reflexivity through trauma and disability. Text and Performance Quarterly, 37(1), 20-34. doi:10.1080/10462937.2016.1273543
  • Scarduzio, J. A., Carlyle, K. E., Harris, K. L., & Savage, M. W. (2017). “Maybe she was provoked”: Exploring gender stereotypes about male and female perpetrators of intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women, 23(1), 89–113. doi:10.1177/1077801216636240
  • Savage, M. W., Scarduzio, J. A., Harris, K. L., & Carlyle, K. E. (2017). News stories of intimate partner violence: An experimental examination of perpetrator sex and violence severity on seriousness, sympathy, and punishment preferences. Health Communication, 32(6), 768-776. doi:10.1080/10410236.2016.1217453
  • Harris, K. L. (2016). Feminist dilemmatic theorizing: New materialism in communication studies. Communication Theory, 26(2), 103–211. doi:10.1111/comt.12083
  • Harris, K. L. (2016). Reflexive voicing: A communicative approach to intersectional writing. Qualitative Research, 16(1), 111–127. doi:10.1177/1468794115569560
  • Harris, K. L., & Hanchey, J. N. (2014). (De)stabilizing sexual violence discourse: Masculinization of victimhood, organizational blame, and labile imperialism. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 11(4), 322–341. doi:10.1080/14791420.2014.972421
  • Harris, K. L. (2013). Show them a good time: Organizing the intersections of sexual violence. Management Communication Quarterly, 27(4), 568–595. doi:10.1177/0893318913506519
  • Harris, K. L., Palazzolo, K. E., & Savage, M. W. (2012). “I’m not sexist, but . . .”: How ideological dilemmas reinforce sexism in talk about intimate partner violence. Discourse & Society, 23(6), 643–656. doi:10.1177/0957926512455382
  • Harris, K. L. (2011). The next problem with no name: The politics and pragmatics of the word rape. Women’s Studies in Communication, 34(1), 42–63. doi:10.1080/07491409.2011.566533
  • McKnight Presidential Fellow, University of Minnesota
  • Linda Putnam Early Career Scholar Award, International Communication Association
  • 2020 Book Award, European Group for Organizational Studies