Dr. Roberta Chevrette

Assistant Professor

Dr. Roberta Chevrette
(615) 898-2275
Room 259, Jones Hall (JH)
MTSU Box 200, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

Tuesday 9-9:30 am and 4:15-5:45 pm

Thursday 9-9:30 am, 1-2 pm, and 4:15-5:45 pm

Available other times by appointment

Degree Information

  • PHD, Arizona State University (2016)
  • MA, Arizona State University (2012)
  • BA, California State University, Sacramento (2009)

Areas of Expertise

gendered representation, queer, and feminist theory

critical race and whiteness studies

public memory and public culture

postcolonial studies and settler colonialism

nationalism, identity, and global (non)belongings

rhetorical and qualitative methods

Biography

Dr. Chevrette's research addresses the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, culture, and nation that impact global imperial relationships and justice struggles. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to communication studies, she employs critical race/whiteness studies, postcolonial theory, transnational and Indigenous feminisms, and memory studies to examine the formation of national and other publics.

Chevrette has taught a range of courses in rhetoric and communication...

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Dr. Chevrette's research addresses the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, culture, and nation that impact global imperial relationships and justice struggles. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to communication studies, she employs critical race/whiteness studies, postcolonial theory, transnational and Indigenous feminisms, and memory studies to examine the formation of national and other publics.

Chevrette has taught a range of courses in rhetoric and communication theory, intercultural communication, critical-cultural studies, and gender studies. By connecting theory with lived experience, her teaching guides students to become aware of, and critically examine, the ways language, symbols, and ideologies shape cultural and communicative structures and practices.

Chevrette lives in Nashville, TN, where she enjoys playing and listening to live music, rock climbing, and going on adventures with her dog, River.

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Publications

Hundley, H., Chevrette, R., & Jones, H. A. (under contract with publisher). Dangerous dames: Representing female empowerment in postfeminist media. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Framer, M., & Chevrette, R. (2017). Critical theory and qualitative research. In J. P. Matthes, C. S. Davis, & R. F. Potter (Eds.), The international encyclopedia of communication research methods. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

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Hundley, H., Chevrette, R., & Jones, H. A. (under contract with publisher). Dangerous dames: Representing female empowerment in postfeminist media. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Framer, M., & Chevrette, R. (2017). Critical theory and qualitative research. In J. P. Matthes, C. S. Davis, & R. F. Potter (Eds.), The international encyclopedia of communication research methods. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Clark, L., & Chevrette, R. (2017). Thick description. In J. P. Matthes, C. S. Davis, & R. F. Potter (Eds.), The international encyclopedia of communication research methods. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Chevrette, R. (2016). Rhetoric as Holographic: De/colonizing public memory at Pueblo Grande. In S. L. McKinnon, R. Asen, K. R. Chávez, R. G. Howard (Eds.), Text + Field: Innovations in Rhetorical Method. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press.

Chevrette, R., & Hess, A. (2015). Unearthing the Native past: Citizen archaeology and modern (non)belonging at the Pueblo Grande Museum. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 12(2), 139-158. doi: 10.1080/14791420.2015.1012214

Leong, K., Chevrette, R., Koblitz, A. H., Kuo, K., & Switzer, H. (Eds.) (2015). Special issue: Transnational Feminisms. Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, 36(3), 1-199.

Chevrette, R. (2013). Outing heteronormativity in interpersonal and family communication: Feminist applications of queer theory beyond the sexy streets. Communication Theory, 23(2), 170-190. doi:10.1111/comt.12009

Chevrette, R., & Braverman, L. C. (2013). Brothers, fathers, terrorists: Masculine assemblages in Glenn Beck’s rhetoric of U.S./Israel unity post 9/11. Feminist Formations, 25(2), 81-106. doi:10.1353/ff.2013.0018

De la Garza, S. A., & Chevrette, R. (2013). Journaling exercise on the guiding ideals of the four seasons of ethnography. In J. A. Scarduzio, E. K. Eger, & S. J. Tracy (Eds.), Teaching manual materials for S. J. Tracy, Qualitative research methods: Collecting evidence, crafting analysis, and communicating impact. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

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Research / Scholarly Activity

Dr. Chevrette is currently working on a book project with Heather Hundley and Hillary A. Jones titled Dangerous Dames: Representing Female Empowerment in Postfeminist Media. The book illuminates the rhetorical work performed by contemporary representations of a specific type of postfeminist hero who has garnered a lot of cultural capital: women who are smart, capable, physically agile and fit, and proficient with weaponry and technology. Using rhetorical criticism and criti...

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Dr. Chevrette is currently working on a book project with Heather Hundley and Hillary A. Jones titled Dangerous Dames: Representing Female Empowerment in Postfeminist Media. The book illuminates the rhetorical work performed by contemporary representations of a specific type of postfeminist hero who has garnered a lot of cultural capital: women who are smart, capable, physically agile and fit, and proficient with weaponry and technology. Using rhetorical criticism and critical theory, the book examines a range of contemporary texts, including Kill Bill, Volumes I and II; The Hunger Games; Wonder Woman; Atomic Blonde; Proud Mary; The Bionic Woman; Deus Ex; Dark Matter; and Caprica. The book contributes to a robust existing conversation about postfeminist media, tracing how representation has changed in recent years and engaging with new bodies of theory. 

Chevrette's dissertation, titled “Assembling Global (Non)Belongings: Settler Colonial Memoryscapes and the Rhetorical Frontiers of Whiteness in the US Southwest, Christians United for Israel, and FEMEN,” examines how contemporary constructions of terrorist bodies as “savage” Others to whiteness and western modernity are rooted in settler colonial histories and expansions of US and Anglo-European democracy. Conceptualizing whiteness as a global assemblage that symbolically and materially organizes bodies in relation, she also examines how assemblage theory extends current approaches to studying communication in transnational contexts. 

Chevrette's rhetorical and ethnographic scholarship has been published in various journals, including Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Communication Theory, Feminist Formations, and Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies. She also has a chapter in the edited volume, Text + Field: Innovations in Rhetorical Method, published by Penn State University Press.

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Courses

COMM 4320 Theories of Persuasive Communication

COMM 3560 Intercultural Communication

WGST 3500 Women in the Media

COMM 3300 Communication Theory in Films

COMM 3225 Gender Communication

COMM 3100 Critical Methods in Communication

COMM 2200 Fundamentals of Communication

WGST 2100 Introduction to Women's Studies