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 3-4 pm

Thursday 9-9:30 am and 1-2 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 is a critical rhetorical scholar committed to examining relationships among communication, identity, and social justice. Her research employs queer, feminist, and postcolonial frameworks to engage questions of difference, representation, embodiment, and whiteness. Her most recent article, “

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Dr. Chevrette is a critical rhetorical scholar committed to examining relationships among communication, identity, and social justice. Her research employs queer, feminist, and postcolonial frameworks to engage questions of difference, representation, embodiment, and whiteness. Her most recent article, “The FEMEN body can do everything: Generating the agentic bodies of social movement through internal and external rhetorics,” draws from fieldwork with the transnational feminist organization FEMEN, utilizing participatory critical rhetoric examine how FEMEN’s training and protest activities construct agency at the level of individual, collective, and entangled activist bodies, extending the communicative study of social movements by attending to corporeal molding behind the scenes.

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, and her fiancé Jordan.

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Publications

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

Chevrette, R., & Hendricks, J (forthcoming). Love as a strategy for community and social justice organizing: Invitational rhetoric in “Murfreesboro Loves.” In S. Foss & C. Griffin (Eds.), Inviting understanding. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.  

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

Chevrette, R., & Hendricks, J (forthcoming). Love as a strategy for community and social justice organizing: Invitational rhetoric in “Murfreesboro Loves.” In S. Foss & C. Griffin (Eds.), Inviting understanding. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.  

Chevrette, R., & Duerringer, C. (forthcoming). Bros before Donald Trump: Masculinity, bromance, and memetic citizenship in the #BROTUS memes. In J. Rosenbaum-Andre & G. Bouvier (Eds.), #TalkingPoints: Twitter, the public sphere, and the nature of online deliberation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.  

Chevrette, R. (forthcoming May 2020). Blinded by acceptance: Straight fragility, shame, and the dangers of post-queer politics. In R. Chevrette & S. Eguchi (Eds.), Special Forum: “We don’t see LGBTQ differences”: Cisheteronormativity and concealing phobias and irrational fears behind rhetorics of acceptance. QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking.  

Chevrette, R., & Hess, A. (2019). “The FEMEN body can do everything”: Generating the agentic bodies of social movement through internal and external rhetorics. Communication Monographs, 86(4), 416-437. doi: 10.1080/03637751.2019.159078 * student who I mentored when material was developed.

Chevrette, R. (2019). [Review of the book No place like home: Lessons in activism from LGBT Kansas, by C. J. Janovy]. Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 50(4), 172-174. doi: 10.1080/10948007.2019.1691425

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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Presentations

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Awards

Outstanding Undergraduate Mentor Award, Tennessee Communication Association, 2019.  

Ayne Cantrell Service Award, Women’s and Gender Studies, MTSU, 2018-2019.  

Top Four Paper Award, Media Studies Interest Group of the Western States Communication Association, 2018 (First Author).

Emerging Scholar Award, Critical and Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association, 2015.  

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Outstanding Undergraduate Mentor Award, Tennessee Communication Association, 2019.  

Ayne Cantrell Service Award, Women’s and Gender Studies, MTSU, 2018-2019.  

Top Four Paper Award, Media Studies Interest Group of the Western States Communication Association, 2018 (First Author).

Emerging Scholar Award, Critical and Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association, 2015.  

Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship, ASU, 2013-2014.  

To Think, To Write, To Publish Fellowship, 2012-2014.  

Graduate Excellence Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University, 2014.  

Superior Researcher Award, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University, 2014.  

Outstanding Researcher Award, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University, 2013.  

Top Paper, Intercultural Communication Interest Group of the Western States Communication Association, 2013 (Solo Author).  

National Communication Association Doctoral Honors Seminar Participant, competitively selected and funded, 2013.  

Lattie and Elva Coor Fellowship for Building Great Communities, ASU, 2012-2013.  

Deans Award for the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University, Sacramento, 2009.  

Department of Anthropology Academic Achievement Award, California State University, Sacramento, 2009.

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Research / Scholarly Activity

Dr. Chevrette is co-author of the forthcoming book Dangerous Dames: Representing Female Empowerment in Postfeminist Media (with Heather Hundley and Hillary A. Jones).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 theo...

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Dr. Chevrette is co-author of the forthcoming book Dangerous Dames: Representing Female Empowerment in Postfeminist Media (with Heather Hundley and Hillary A. Jones).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 Monographs, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Communication Theory, Feminist Formations, and Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies. She also has a chapter in the award-winning edited volume on rhetorical field methods, Text + Field: Innovations in Rhetorical Method, published by Penn State University Press.

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In the Media

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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