Bobbi Van Gilder, PhD

Assistant Professor, Communication, Journalism & Media

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  • Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • M.A., California State University, Long Beach
  • B.A., California State University, Long Beach

Research Interests

My research interests include intercultural communication, intergroup communication, and gender and sexuality studies, with particular emphases on identity, difference, and disparities. Specific lines of inquiry I have explored include: (a) discourses of diversity, difference, and marginality (e.g., whiteness, heteronormativity), (b) identity negotiation and identity management, and (c) social identity and intergroup relations (e.g., ethnic identification, social prejudice, racial discrimination).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Van Gilder, B. J. (2019). Sexual orientation stigmatization and identity work for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals in the U.S. military. Journal of Homosexuality, 66(14), 1949-1973. doi:10.1080/00918369.2018.1522812 [Lead Article]

Van Gilder, B. J. (2019). Femininity as perceived threat to military effectiveness: How military service members reinforce hegemonic masculinity in talk. Western Journal of Communication, 83(2), 151-171. doi:10.1080/10570314.2018.1502892 [*Nominated for the 2018-2019 Outstanding Article Award for NCA’s Organization Communication Division]

Van Gilder, B. J., & Ault, M. K. (2018). Disrupting dominant discourses of the idealized nuclear family: A study of plural families in Centennial Park, Arizona. Journal of Communication and Religion, 41(4), 77-96.

Van Gilder, B. J.  (2017). Coping with sexual identity stigma in the U.S. Military: An examination of identity management practices prior to and after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Identity, 17(3), 156-175. doi:10.1080/15283488.2017.1340162

Van Gilder, B. J. & Jackson, R. (2017). The Oklahoma Affirmative Action Ban Amendment: A dialogic analysis of equal opportunity discourse in Oklahoma. The Howard Journal of Communications, 28(4), 356-373.  doi:10.1080/10646175.2017.1300966

Abdi, S., & Van Gilder, B. (2016). Cultural (in)visibility and identity dissonance: Queer Iranian-American women and their negotiation of existence. Journal of International & Intercultural Communication, 9(1), 69-86. doi:10.1080/17513057.2016.1120850

Ault, M., & Van Gilder, B. (2015). Polygamy in the United States: How marginalized religious communities cope with stigmatizing discourses surrounding plural marriage. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 44(4), 307-328. doi:10.1080/17475759.2015.1048702

Van Gilder, B., & Abdi, S. (2014). Identity management and the fostering of network ignorance: Accounts of queer Iranian women in the U.S. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 43(2), 151-170. doi:10.1080/17475759.2014.892895

Book Chapters

Gilder, B. (2016). The nature of prejudice: Origins, consequences, and the case of Trayvon Martin. In S.K. Camara, & D.K. Drummond (Eds.) Communicating prejudice: An appreciative inquiry approach (pp. 173-190). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Publishing, Inc.

Van Gilder, B. & Massey, Z. (2016). Islamophobic discourse and interethnic conflict: The influence of news media coverage of ISIS on identity processes and intergroup attitudes.  In S. Gibson, & A. L. Lando (Eds.) Impact of Communication and the Media on Ethnic Conflict (pp. 147-161). Hershey, PA: IGI-Global

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Courses Taught

  • CJN 101 Intro to Communication
  • CJN 216 Intercultural Communication
  • CJN 232 Gender, Sexuality, Communication
  • CJN 321 Research Methods in Communication