Christy Gardner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication, Gender and Sexuality, Public Sphere theory, Social Movements, Rhetoric of Religion, HIV/AIDS
On Faculty since 2004

Office: BGC 282
Phone: (630)752-5257
Email:

Education

Ph.D., Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), Philosophy in Communication Studies

M.A., University of Washington (Seattle, WA), Communications

B.A., Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, WA), History

Courses Taught

  • Public Speaking (COMM 101)
  • Messages, Influence & Culture (COMM 253)
  • Theology of the Body (COMM 310)
  • Communication Criticism (COMM 312)
  • Rhetoric of AIDS (COMM 454)
  • Public Advocacy (COMM 454)
  • Human Rights and Public Advocacy (COMM 493)

Membership in Professional Societies

  • National Communication Association (NCA)
  • Rhetoric Society of America (RCA)

Research

  • International Communications
  • Media Studies
  • Rhetoric
  • Sociology of Culture

Selected Honors

  • Junior Faculty Achievement Award, Wheaton College
  • Dissertation of the Year, Religious Communication Association
  • Dissertation Honors Award, School of Communication, Northwestern University

Academic

  • Dissertation Honors Award, School of Communication, Northwestern University
  • University Fellow, Northwestern University
  • Harvey Fellow, Mustard Seed Foundation
  • Teaching Assistantship, Northwestern University
  • National Merit Commended Scholar
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
  • Washington Scholar, State of Washington
  • Free Methodist Scholar, Seattle Pacific University
  • General Honors Program, Seattle Pacific University
  • Valedictorian, King’s High School
  • American Academy of Achievement member
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars “Voice of Democracy” National Radio Broadcasting Contest, 2nd Place

Professional

Communicator of Excellence, “The Sweatshop Dilemma,” The Christian Science Monitor, Washington Press Association (1997), National Federation of Press Women (1997)

Communicator of Excellence, “Winning the War but Losing the Peace,” The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, International Association of Business Communicators (1996)

Recent Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications

Gardner, C. J. Making Chastity Sexy. Berkeley: University of California Press, forthcoming.

Gardner, C. J. (2009, May 18). Obama’s Kinder, Gentler Culture War. Her.meutics.com.

Gardner, C. J. (2006, August 18). God’s Protection. The Wall Street Journal.

Selected Conference Presentations

Gardner, C.J. “From 'Abstinence' to 'Purity': American Evangelical Liminality and the Changing Tropes of Chastity.” Paper presented at the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division of the National Communication Association annual meeting, San Diego, California, 2008.

Gardner, C. J. “Power in the Periphery: The Persuasive Appeal of (Re)claiming Agency.” Paper presented at the Rhetoric Society of America conference, Seattle, Washington, 2008.

Gardner, C. J. “Saving Lives or Promoting Promiscuity? A Rhetorical Analysis of the Condom in Evangelical Discourse on AIDS in Africa.” Paper accepted for presentation at the Rhetorical Studies section of the Religious Communication Association of the National Communication Association annual meeting, San Antonio, Texas, 2006.

Gardner, C. J. “A Fire in God’s Temple: Rhetorical Agency in Rwanda’s Abstinence Youth Clubs.” Paper accepted for presentation at the Association for Rhetoric and Communication in Southern Africa, National Communication Association annual meeting, San Antonio, Texas, 2006.

Gardner, C. J. “Just Say Yes, But Wait: Evangelical Sexual Abstinence Producers in the United States.” Paper presented at the Rhetoric Society of America conference, Memphis, Tennessee, 2006.

Gardner, C. J. “My Body, My Choice: Media Framing of Reproduction, 1980-2003.” Paper presented at the Mass Communication Division of the National Communication Association annual meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, 2005.

Gardner, C. J. “Someday My Prince Will Come: Fairy Tale Narrative and the Rhetoric of Choice in the American Evangelical Sexual Abstinence Movement.” Paper presented at the Rhetorical Studies section of the Religious Communication Association of the National Communication Association annual meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, 2005.

Invited Presentations

Gardner, C. J. “Just Say Yes, But Wait: Evangelical Abstinence Producers in the United States.” Invited by Robert Wuthnow to present at the Religion and Public Life workshop, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 2005.

Gardner, C. J. “Abstinence and AIDS in Africa.” Presented at the Student Global AIDS Campaign, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, 2005.

Gardner, C. J. “Evangelicalism and Gender.” Guest lecturer for Sociology of Religion course, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, 2005.

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