Dr Kate Lockwood Harris
Department of Communication Studies .
225 Ford Hall
224 Church Street SE
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 Linda Putnam Early Career Scholar Award, and she has won top paper accolades at regional, national, and international conferences. She consults with organizations to develop violence prevention programs. Her first book–Beyond the Rapist: Title IX and US University Sexual Violence–was published by Oxford University Press in 2019.