Kate L Harris PhD

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Kate Lockwood Harris 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 inequality on the basis of difference, so she pays close attention to gender and race. Her research on organizational responses to sexual assault has been published in Management Communication Quarterly, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Discourse& Society, Communication Theory, and Human Relations. In publications in Qualitative Research, Women and Language, and Women’s Studies in Communication, among other outlets, she considers how writing, reflexivity, and language both sustain and transform violence. Harris has also researched Title IX lawsuits at U.S. universities in order to (a) theorize the relationship between discursive and material violence and (b) understand the experiences of organizational whistleblowers. Dr. Harris is a recipient of the International Communication Association’s prestigious W. Charles Redding Dissertation Award, and she has won top paper accolades at regional and international conferences. She consults with organizations to develop violence prevention programs. Her first book–Beyond the Rapist: A Feminist New Materialist Approach to Title IX, Organizational Communication, and US University Sexual Violence–will be published by Oxford University Press in 2019.

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)
  • 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