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Department of Communication & Theatre


Heidi Hamilton

Heidi Hamilton 

Associate Professor of Communication
OFFICE:  Room 123, Roosevelt Hall
CAMPUS BOX:  4033
OFFICE: (620) 341-5256
FAX: (620) 341-6031
E-mail: hhamilto@emporia.edu

Dr. Heidi Hamilton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre.  She joined Emporia State University in 2004.  Dr. Hamilton received a M.A. degree from the University of North Carolina, and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa.

In the department, she teaches courses in rhetoric and persuasion including: Theories of Persuasion, Social Movements, Consumerism & Advertising, and Communication and Gender.  She also serves as the director for the Public Speaking course.

Her scholarship focuses on both foreign policy rhetoric and gendered rhetoric. Most recently, that interest has taken two paths. First, she has been looking at social protests of military actions, particularly the Iraq war. She has a chapter on the anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan appearing in the forthcoming book: Monster, Mate, Mommy: Media Depictions of Women as Brides, Wives and Mothers.  Other publications occur in the competitive proceedings of the Alta Conference and in the journal Controversia: An International Journal for Debate and Democratic Renewal. The second area is women in politics, and projects there have been on media coverage of women in combat and a co-authored chapter on Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice as the first female secretaries of state in the book Gender and Political Communication in America. Her work on celebrity and political activism has appeared in the American Communication Journal

At Emporia State, Dr. Hamilton has served as a Faculty Senator, as well as on the Provost’s Advisory Committee, Dean’s Advisory Council, Honors Council, and the Ethnic and Gender Studies Steering Committee.  She served as co-advisor for Lambda Pi Eta, the nationally recognized communication honor society, for several years.  Dr. Hamilton is a past chair of the Feminist and Women Studies Division of the National Communication Association.