A. Foss, Ph.D.
| Ph.D., University of
Office: Room 234, 505-379-0459
My research program centers on the exploration of change and communication
from feminist perspectives. I have always been interested in
rhetors outside the mainstream and the communication options they
create for entering, subverting, and accommodating the mainstream.
Although much of my work has focused on the discourse of women, I
have also looked at the rhetoric of Harvey Milk, first gay supervisor
of San Francisco; John Lennon; and political fugitives, to name a
few. I have become increasingly interested in taking seriously
social construction and its accompanying truism in communication—that
symbols create reality—and this is an undercurrent of much of
my current work. I am ultimately interested in how humans can
construct a wider range of options for themselves in any communication
Elizabeth Dickinson, Karen A. Foss, and Yea-Wen Chen. "Disrupting Polarization in Discourses of Terrorism, the Environment, and Race: The
Generative Possibilities of Dialectical Innovation." International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Vol. 2 No. 14 (2012), 12-21.
Charlotte Kroløkke, Karen A. Foss, and Saumya Pant. "Fertility Travel: The Commodification of Human Reproduction." Cultural Politics, 8 (2012), 273-82.
Sonja K. Foss, Mary E. Domenico, and Karen A. Foss. Gender Stories: Negotiating Gender Identity in a Binary World. Long Grove, IL: Waveland, 2012.
Pamela Lutgen-Sandvik, Elizabeth A. Dickinson, and Karen A. Foss. "Priming, Painting, Peeling, and Polishing: Constructing and Deconstructing the Woman-Bullying-Women Identity at Work." Gender and the Dysfunctional Workplace. Dysfunctional Ed. Suzy Fox and T. R. Lutuchy. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2012, pp. 61-77.
Sonja K. Foss and Karen A. Foss. "Constricted and Constructed Potentiality: An Inquiry into Paradigms of Change." Western States Communication Journal, 75 (2011), 205-238.
Charlotte Kroløkke, Karen A. Foss, and Jennifer A. Sandoval. "The Commodification of Motherhood: Surrogacy as a Matter of Choice." Contemplating Maternity in the Era of Choice: Exploration into Discourses of Reproduction. Ed. D. Lynn O'Brien Hallstein and Sara Hayden. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010, pp. 95-114.
Sonja K. Foss and Karen A. Foss. "Our Journey to Repowered Feminism: Expanding the Feminist Toolbox." Women's Studies in Communication, 32 (Spring 2009), 36-62.
Karen A. Foss and Sonja K. Foss. "Accomplishing the Mission: Creating a Partnership with Your Advisor." Getting the Most from your Graduate Education in Communication: A Student's Handbook. Ed. Sherwyn Morreale and Pat Arneson. Washington, D. C.: National Communication Association, 2008, pp. 59-70.
Sonja K. Foss and Karen A. Foss. “Constricted and Constructed
Potentiality: An Inquiry into Paradigms of Change.” To be
published in Western States Communication Journal, 75(2),
Stephen W. Littlejohn and Karen A. Foss. Theories
of Human Communication, 9th ed. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland,
Stephen W. Littlejohn and Karen A. Foss, eds. Encyclopedia
of Communication Theory. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2009.
Karen A. Foss, Belle A. Edson, and Jennifer A. Linde.
“What’s in a Name? Negotiating Marital Name Choices.”
Casing Interpersonal Communication: Case Studies in Personal
and Social Relationships. Ed. Dawn O. Braithwaite and Julia
T. Wood. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2010, pp. 3-8.
Charlotte Kroløkke, Karen A. Foss, and Jennifer
Sandoval. “The Commodification of Motherhood: Surrogacy
as a Matter of Choice.” Contemplating Maternity in the
Era of Choice: Exploration into Discourses of Reproduction.
Ed. Lynn Hallstein O’Brien and Sara Hayden. Lanham, MD:
Lexington Books, 2010, pp. 95-114.
Karen A. Foss. “Harvey Milk and the Queer Rhetorical
Situation: A Rhetoric of Contradiction.” Queering Public
Address: Sexualities in American Historical Discourse. Ed.
Charles Morris. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press,
2007, pp. 72-94.
Janet M. Cramer and Karen A. Foss. “Baudrillard
and Our Destiny with the Natural World: Fatal Strategies for Environmental
Communication.” Environmental Communication: A Journal
of Nature and Culture, 3 (November 2009), 1-19.
Sonja K. Foss and Karen A. Foss. “Our Journey to Repowered
Feminism: Expanding the Feminist Toolbox.” Women’s
Studies in Communication, 32 (Spring 2009), 36-62.
My areas of teaching include rhetorical theory and rhetorical criticism,
feminist perspectives on communication, public speaking, and
- Department Service: Associate chair; Coordinator of C&J
exchange programs for graduate students.
- Recent/Current University Service: Affiliated faculty of
- Current Disciplinary Service: Editorial board for three
journals—Women’s Studies in Communication,
Southern Communication Journal, the Western Journal
of Communication. I am also a member of the committee helping
to plan the 2012 Western States Communication Association convention
When not “professoring,” I can be found sewing,
guerilla gardening, reading, traveling (I’ll go just about anyplace),
riding my very cool bike, hooping, going to the movies, or running.
Life is supposed to be fun!