Dr Wendy K Anderson

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Communication Studies
225 Ford Hall

224 Church Street SE

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Rhetoric and Media, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2008.
  • M.A.: Speech Communication, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2002.
  • B.A.: Communication and Psychology, University of Minnesota, Duluth, Duluth, MN, 1999.


  • Rhetorical studies, media studies, social change, digital media, digital rhetorics, intersectional feminisms, critical race theory
Courses Taught
  • Analysis of Argument
  • Communication Ethics
  • Introduction to Rhetorical Theory
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Introduction to Communication Studies
  • Introduction to Digital Media
  • Introduction to Webdesign
  • Introduction to Game Design
  • Digital Rhetorics
  • Music, Technology, and Pedagogy in Game Design (graduate level)
  • Digital Media Studio (graduate level)
  • Computers in Rhetoric and Pedagogy (graduate level)
  • The Rhetoric of Music in Video Games (graduate level)
  • Principles of Persuasion
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Article Reviewer: Argumentation and Advocacy , 2018 - 2018
  • Article Reviewer: New Media and Society , 2018-present
  • Article Reviewer: Feminist Media Studies , 2015-present
  • Article Reviewer: NCA Rhetorical and Communication Theory, Human Communication and Technology, Critical and Cultural Studies Divisions , 2015-present
  • Diversity and Inclusion Consultant: Civil Rights Compliance Office for Cooperative Extension, U of Alaska, Fairbanks , Fall 2016 - Spring 2017


  • Rhetorics of form: Embodiments of social change: Book Manuscript, 2017 - in progress
  • The New Birth of a Nation: White Nationalist Women’s Coded Whiteness as Reinvention of [White] Identity Politics: Book under review at University Press of Mississippi, 2005 - 2018


  • The Ms. Fembot Edit-a-thon Hack-a-thon.: Feminist updating of Wikipedia. Fembot Collective., 2014 - 2015
  • Taking Mama Steps: Creating and administering Facebook group for mothers, Spring 2011-present
  • Anderson, Wendy K. Z. (2018). Classifying Whiteness: Unmasking White Nationalists Women’s Digital Design through an Intersectional Analysis of Contained Agency. Communication, Culture, and Critique, 11, 116–132. Link
  • Anderson, Wendy K. Z.. "(De)coding Whiteness: Appropriations of White Nationalist Women’s Inferential Racism as Coded Rhetoric in U.S. Politics ." Rhetoric Review 36 (2017): 263-272. Link
  • Kittie E. Grace (2015). 'Taking Mama Steps’ Toward Authority, Alternatives, and Advocacy: Feminist Consciousness-raising within a Digital Motherhood Community. Feminist Media Studies, 15, 942-959. LinkDownload
  • Patrice Buzzanell (2007). ’Outcast Among Outcasts’: Identity, Gender, and Leadership in a Mac Users Group. Women and Language, 30, 32-45. LinkDownload
  • MTU Dean’s List of Top Ten Percent of Professors for Teaching, 2011 & 2012
  • Class of 2010 Best Professor MTU, Scientific and Technical Communication and Scientific and Technical Arts Class of 2010, 2010
  • Bruce Kendall Award for Excellence in Teaching Nomination, Purdue University, 2007
  • Summer Research Grant, Purdue University, 2007
  • Bruce Kendall Award for Excellence in Teaching Honorable Mention, Purdue University, 2006
  • Bruce Kendall Award for Excellence in Teaching Nomination, Purdue University, 2005
  • Fellowship to the Summer Institute of Dissenting Rhetorics, Center for Global Culture and Communication, Northwestern University, Summer 2004
  • Research Assistantship for Motorola Research Project, Department of Communication and Industrial Technology, Purdue University, Summer 2004