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  • Jennifer L. Borda is Associate Professor of Communication, specializing in rhetoric, feminist studies, and democratic deliberation, and Chairperson of the Department of Communication. She is author of Women Labor Activists in the Movies: Nine Depictions of Workplace Organizers, 1954-2005 (McFarland Publishers, 2010) and co-editor of The Motherhood Business: Consumption, Communication, and Privilege (University of Alabama Press, 2015). Her essays have been published in various academic journals, including Text & Performance Quarterly, Feminist Media Studies, Women’s Studies in Communication, and Communication Quarterly, and in various anthologies. She co-founded and co-directs the UNH Civil Discourse Lab (CDL), which is committed to non-partisanship and a focus on process rather than product or content. The CDL trains students to become neutral facilitators of challenging and contentious discussions, using small groups to focus participants on fundamental differences, shared values, and listening to each other’s perspectives, in order to encourage greater understanding. Borda also received a UNH Center for the Humanities fellowship in 2014 for her current research, which focuses on how discourse and ideologies about women, work, motherhood, and identity have been constructed and challenged through the mass media and online deliberation. She is an invited participant of an NEH Digital Humanities Implementation Grant project, “Serious Sims: Scaling Digital Gaming for Humanities Pedagogy and Practice,” for which she developed a role-playing simulation on Gender, Work and Family to engage students in debates surrounding issues of workplace dynamics/culture, gender, race, class, power, and privilege, and issues of work-life balance . She has been a fellow on the NSF-funded ADVANCE IT grant “UNH Unbiased” in which she co-chaired a subcommittee to address career-life balance issues relating to the recruitment of women and underrepresented STEM faculty. She also has been a member of UNH’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women and the Grand Challenges Steering Committee.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2010 Working-class Women, Protofeminist Performance, and Resistant Ruptures in the Movie Musical The Pajama GameText and Performance Quarterly.  30:227-246. 2010
    2009 Portrait of a Woman ArtistFeminist Media Studies.  9:227-242. 2009
    2009 Negotiating Feminist Politics in the Third Wave: Labor Struggle and Solidarity inLive Nude Girls Unite!Communication Quarterly.  57:117-135. 2009
    2005 Feminist Critique and Cinematic Counterhistory in the DocumentaryWith Babies and BannersWomen's Studies in Communication.  28:157-182. 2005
    2002 The woman suffrage parades of 1910-1913: Possibilities and limitations of an early feminist rhetorical strategyWestern Journal of Communication.  66:25-52. 2002
    Creating a Space to "Say Her Name": Rhetorical Circulation and Stratification in the Networked Public SphereQuarterly Journal of Speech
    Reclaiming Civility as Discursive OpeningAAUP Journal of Academic Freedom


    Year Title
    2010 Women Labor Activists in the Movies Nine Depictions of Workplace Organizers, 1954-2005 2010


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    2015 Cultivating Community Within the Commercial Marketplace: Blurred Boundaries in the ‘Mommy’ Blogosphere.  Ed. Borda, Jennifer.  134-163. 2015
    2015 Lean In or Leave Before You Leave?: False Dichotomies of Choice and Blame in Public Debates About Working Motherhood.  219-234. 2015
    2013 Laughing Through Our Tears: Rhetorical Tensions in Roger & Me..  25-53. 2013
    2008 Documentary Dialectics or Dogmatism? Fahrenhype 9/11, Celsius 41.11, and the New Politics of Documentary Film.  54-77. 2008
    2004 A Model for Crisis Management.  117-137. 2004
    2002 Woman Suffrage in the Progressive Era: A Coming of Age.  339-386. 2002
    The Lasting Impacts of the "Opt Out Revolution": Disciplining Mothers

    Teaching Activities

  • Research Practicum Taught course 2019
  • Sem/Gendered Rhetorics Taught course 2019
  • Seminar in Rhetorical Theory Taught course 2018
  • Seminar in Rhetorical Study Taught course 2018
  • American Public Address Taught course 2017
  • Analysis of Popular Culture Taught course 2017
  • Pub Addrss:Soc Pro Rhet & Resi Taught course 2017
  • Research Practicum Taught course 2017
  • Analysis of Popular Culture Taught course 2016
  • Propaganda and Persuasion Taught course 2016
  • Research Practicum Taught course 2016
  • Internship Taught course 2016
  • Analysis of Popular Culture Taught course 2016
  • Social Protest: Rhetoric & Res Taught course 2016
  • Internship Taught course 2015
  • Analysis of Popular Culture Taught course 2015
  • Social Protest: Rhetoric & Res Taught course 2015
  • Internship Taught course 2014
  • Internship Taught course 2014
  • Rhet of Contemp Feminism Taught course 2014
  • Rhet of Contemp Feminism\Honor Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Communications, Villanova University
  • M.A. Speech/Theater Education, Pennsylvania State University
  • Ph.D. Speech/Theater Education, Pennsylvania State University
  • Full Name

  • Jennifer Borda