Communication Studies Faculty — Dr. Kirsten Isgro

Assistant Professor

Dr. Kirsten IsgroKirsten Isgro is an assistant professor in communication studies. Her academic interests include critical cultural studies; media, religion and culture; and health communication. As an instructor and facilitator of undergraduate classes over the last fifteen years, she maintains a firm belief in active learning, where students are not mere receptacles for knowledge. Dr. Isgro also has a commitment and long history of incorporating community-based service-learning projects into her course curriculum. The most recent project included an ongoing outreach campaign with the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York.

Dr. Isgro’s professional life outside of academia has included working with both the non-profit sector and business communities, designing workshops and conferences, and implementing various marketing and activist strategies, which she readily shares with students as pertinent to course material. She has worked with the Columbus (Ohio) Urban League, the National Assault Prevention Center, and the Ohio Coalition on Sexual Assault. She has served as an educational coordinator for the AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region (ASMR) and later coordinated professional workshops on gender and sexual health issues across New England for educators and health providers. In summer 2001, she worked with the International Women’s Tribune Centre (IWTC) in New York City as a research fellow, where she monitored and researched United Nations and non-governmental organization activity, particularly those focusing on HIV/AIDS and women and disarmament issues. She also participated in the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women 1995 in China and the 2005 follow-up session in New York City.

Her publications include chapters in Women and Children First: Feminism, Rhetoric and Public Policy and Fundamentalisms and the Media: Histories, Mediations, and Locations. She has articles in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, Feminist Media Studies, and Journal of Homosexuality. Presently she is working on a co-edited anthology about the ways in which women as mothers are reshaping the cultural and intellectual dynamics of higher education (Columbia University Press, 2012).

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst (2006).
  • M.A., Ohio State University.
  • B.A., Ohio State University.

Teaching & Research Areas

  • Business and professional communication.
  • Communication and culture.
  • Communication theory.
  • Gender, sexuality and communication.
  • Health communication.
  • Intercultural communication.
  • Interpersonal and small group communication.
  • Organizational communication.
  • Religion and American popular culture.
  • Rhetoric and public discourse.

Contact Kirsten Isgro

Office: Yokum 202P
Phone: (518) 564-2111
Email: Kirsten.Isgro@plattsburgh.edu