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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dr. Justin Rudnick

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Dr. Justin Rudnick

Assistant Professor
Acting Assistant Director of Forensics

Office-Normandale Partnership Center: P0828
Phone-Normandale Partnership Center: 952-358-9219 
Office-Mankato Campus: AH 207C
Phone-Mankato Campus: 507-389-5534

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Ph.D., Ohio University, 2016
MA, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 2012
BA, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2010


An Introduction

I think of myself as a teacher-scholar, and I always love those moments where my research makes me a better teacher—and vice versa! After trying to be a chemistry and biology major for two years, I began studying communication as a junior in college and never looked back. I taught my very first college class right here at Minnesota State, Mankato, and knew I wanted to make a career out of helping people study and practice communication. I am particularly interested in identity and how we communicate information about ourselves to the people we interact with every day. My specialization is in the performance of gender and sexual identity, and I enjoy researching, teaching, and advocating for persons of gender and sexual minorities. When I am not busy pursuing these interests, I enjoy kayaking, reading fantasy fiction novels, cooking, and spoiling my niece and nephews.


Here at Minnesota State, Mankato I've taught Qualitative Research Methods, Communication & Difference, CMST: Approaches & Perspectives, Advanced Public Communication, Performance Studies, Performance of Literature, Argumentation, Public Speaking, and Fundamentals of Human Communication

Research Interests

My research addresses identity as a communicative & performative accomplishment. In my work, I explore how persons perform their identities in everyday life, and how those identities are sensed and responded to. I take an interdisciplinary approach to identity, drawing from performance studies, dialogic & relational communication, queer theories, and affect theories. I primarily engage in ethnographic research practices, using performance, autobiography, observation/participation, and interviewing.  

Recent Publications

I have published essays and articles in QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking; Discourse: The Journal of the Speech Communication Association of South Dakota; the National Forensic Journal; Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies; Departures in Critical Qualitative Research; Communication Education; the International Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods; and The Forensic. I also regularly present research at regional, national, and international scholarly conferences.