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Gordon Young
Associate Professor
Communications & Performing Arts


Gordon Young (Ph.D., Southern Illinois University) is an associate professor of Speech Communication at Kingsborough Community College – City University of New York (CUNY). His research and publishing focuses on the areas of intercultural communication, popular culture, and critical perspectives on identity and education. His publications include chapters in the recently edited books Mirror Images: Popular Culture and Education (Peter Lang, 2008) and Interracial Communication: Contexts, Communities, and Choices (Kendall Hunt, 2010. He is also an author of several book reviews and journal articles including the recent Articulating Identity: Refining Postcolonial and Whiteness Perspectives on Race Within Communication Studies (Review of Communication, 2008) and Using ‘The Lure of Gang Life’ to Teach Interpersonal and Group Attraction (Communication Teacher, 2009). He is the current president of CLASP: The CUNY League of Active Speech Professors and a past book review editor for the American Communication Journal.


SPE 21: Effective Public Speaking

SPE 25: Small Group Communication

SPE 26: Intercultural Communication

SPE 28: Communication Skills for ESL Students


Bachelor of Arts:    Cape Breton University, Communication, 1997
Advisor: Dr. Judith Rolls

Master of Arts:      University of Maine, Communication, 1999 
Advisor: Dr. Kristin Langellier

Master of Arts       University of Maine, Women’s Studies, 2001
Liberal Studies:      Advisor: Dr. Kristin Langellier

Doctor of Philosophy:  Southern Illinois University, Speech Communication, 2004
Advisor: Dr. Mary Hinchcliff-Pelias

College Teaching

Lab facilitator:  

Cape Breton University, Communication Department, 1996/97
Graduate instructor: University of Maine, Communication Department, 1997/99
Lecturer: University of Maine, Communication Department, 2000
Graduate instructor: University of Maine, Women’s Studies Department, 2001
Graduate instructor: Southern Illinois University, Speech Communication Department, 2001/04
Assistant professor:  Kingsborough/CUNY, Communications Department, 2004/09 
Associate professor: Kingsborough/CUNY, Communications Department, 2009-

Selected Publications and/or Other Resources

with L. Previll (2005). Driving your decisions: Creating a diversified calendar. Campus
Activities Programming (currently Programming), 37(6),

(2005). An individual’s experience: A socio-cultural critique of communication apprehension research. Texas Speech Communication Journal, 30(1), 36-46.

(2006). Celebrate diversity, even if that includes the hopelessly superficial: Lessons on gender, race, class and sexuality in Legally Blonde. NDJST: The North Dakota Journal of Speech & Theatre, 19, 14-25.

(2007). Two weddings and a monsoon: Analyzing the intersections of mass communication and culture using Monsoon Wedding. In Narro & Ferguson (Eds.). Diversity & Mass Communication: Evidence of Impact (pp. 267-284). Southlake, TX: Fountainhead.

(2008). Space and the body in the rhetoric of Frederick Douglass and Virginia Woolf. Florida Journal of Communication, 37(1), 47-56.

(2008). Articulating identity: Refining postcolonial and whiteness perspectives on race within communication studies. Communication Review, 8(3), 307-321.

(2008). Dear Gerald…Using advice letter writing to teach the concept of codependence. Texas Speech Communication Journal, 33(1), 78-81.

(2008). “Try to see this movie as an educational movie about life will you”: A critical cultural study of race and education in popular film. In Bekerman, Burbules, Giroux, & Silberman-Keller (Eds.). Mirror Images: Popular Culture & Education (pp. 23-38). New York: Peter Lang. Spanish version Cultura popular y educacion. Imágenes espejadas by Miño y Dávila (Argentina).

(2009). Using ‘The Lure of Gang Life’ to teach interpersonal and group attraction. Communication Teacher, 23(1), 48-51.

(2010). From the outskirts and the back of the class: Representation, eurocentrism and media imperialism in two popular French education films. In Uslu (Ed.). Media Critics 2010. Turkey: Beta Academic/Germany: Peter Lang. Turkish version by Beta Academic (Turkey) and English version by Peter Lang (Germany).

(2011). She has 50,000 coaches: Re-envisioning young women of color as learners in three popular films. In Brunson, Lampl, & Jordan-Jackson (Eds.). Interracial Communication: Contexts, Communities, and Choices (pp. 427- 444). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Events and/or Key Dates

Research Interests

Intercultural communication

Popular culture

Critical perspectives on identity and education

The rhetoric of popular culture

Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants


Ann Terry Graduation Scholarship Recipient, Cape Breton University, 1997

Atlantic Provinces Graduate Tuition Scholarship (offer declined), University of Maine, 1997


Finalist for Speech Dept. Research and Creative Activity Award, Southern Illinois University, 2003
Preliminary examinations designated “Pass with Distinction,” Southern Illinois University, 2003

Top paper runner-up in Voices of Diversity interest group at the Eastern Communication Association Annual Convention, 2005


(with Shauna Vey and Patricia Sokolski) $10,000 CUNY Faculty Development Grant, 2007-08

Institutional Affiliations / Professional Societies

Regular member: Eastern Communication Association, 1999-present

National Communication Association, 2000-present

New York State Communication Association, 2009-present

Personal Interests

Travel (next stop the Baltic Sea)

Languages (depends on where I'm traveling)

Reading (Margaret Atwood's my favorite author)

Cooking/dining (from down home cooking to haute cuisine)

Popular films from all over the world set in school or dealing with teachers and/or students (my latest favorites are two French films Entre les Murs and La Journée De La Jupe)

Related Faculty
Related Links

CLASP: CUNY League of Active Speech Professors

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