Position:Associate Professor & Director, Communication & Rhetoric Program
Education:Ph.D. in Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin; M.A. in Communication, State University of New York College at Brockport; B.A. in English Literature, University of Virginia.
Teaching and Research Interests:Media and Popular Culture, Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, Food Culture, Identity and Representation, and Theories of Gender and Sexuality.
Carlnita Greene’s teaching and research interests can be broadly defined as the intersection of media, popular culture, and rhetorical theory. She has previously published on subjects as diverse as identity and style, nostalgia, and food culture. Her most recent publication is an edited volume entitled: Food as Communication/ Communication as Food (Peter Lang, 2011), which serves as a comprehensive examination of the various ways in which food functions as a form of communication.
Currently, she is working on a new book tentatively entitled: The Grand Gourmand - The Rhetoric of Food and Excess (Peter Lang, Fall 2013), in which she examines the ways that the discourses surrounding food within the United States often function at extremes.
Within the Communication & Rhetoric program, Dr. Greene teaches classes such as Gender, Sexuality, and the Media, Food as Communication, and the Rhetoric of Popular Culture. In the classroom, she strives to help students engage more critically with the various cultural artifacts that are often taken-for-granted in their everyday lives. Dr. Greene sees Communication as both a crucial framework with which to help students make sense of their world, as well as a vital component of Nazareth College’s liberal arts tradition, by equipping students with the intellectual tools that will support them in whatever they choose to do, in or out of the classroom.