B.A. and M.A. California State University Long Beach
Dr. Nina Maria Reich is an Associate Professor in the department of Communication Studies. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies at California State University Long Beach, and completed her doctorate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Reich is a current Carnegie fellow of the prestigious California Campus Compact-Carnegie Foundation Faculty Fellows: Service-Learning for Political Engagement Program.
Dr. Reich teaches courses in rhetorical theory, rhetorical methods, rhetoric and social movements, visual communication, gender, and service-learning and politics. She is also the faculty advisor for Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Service and Action’s alternative break trip to Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua, Mexico.
Dr. Reich’s research interests include critical rhetoric and public sphere theories, individual and group identities in relation to “the materiality” of social movements, and gender, communication, and culture. Her co-authored essay, “Queer Eye’s Critical Performances of Desire: Cultivating Queer Publics with an (Un)Civil Tongue was recently accepted for publication in Text and Performance Quarterly. She is also finalizing a manuscript analyzing a queer feminist re-visioning of la Virgen de Guadalupe in relation to the creation of a Chicana counterpublic. Stemming from her research and first-hand activist work in Mexico, Dr. Reich is concurrently working on several manuscripts for a larger book project examining the discursive and visual rhetorical strategies of the mothers of the murdered and disappeared women in their demands for justice from the State within the femicide in Juárez, Mexico.