Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Assistant Director of Forensics
Office: Mills 109
Degrees: Ph.D. in Communication (University of Washington); Master's in Communication Arts and Sciences (The Pennsylvania State University); Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Rhetoric (Willamette University)
Expertise: Critical/Cultural Studies, Rhetoric, Discourse Studies, Jewish Identity, Humor Studies, Whiteness, Maculinities
Year appointed: 2011
Jamie Moshin's scholarly interests lie primarily at the intersection of race, identity, Whiteness, ethnicity and discourse. His work focuses on the representation of American Jewishness, and aims to reinvigorate Critical investigations of Jewishness within rhetorical and cultural studies. His most recent work—and current book project—is on the "New Jew," the Jewish individual who subverts common conceptions and representations of Jewish identity, largely via the appropriation of what are considered to be "authentic" African American discourses. Dr. Moshin's work has appeared in a number of scholarly venues, and has addressed such issues as the repression of "taboo" language in the media, the creation and representation of masculine identities, and the intersection of tragedy and humor.
First and foremost, Dr. Moshin is passionate about teaching and forging lasting relationships with students. He has taught a variety of courses at the University of Washington, Penn State and Shoreline Community Colleges, and primarily teaches courses in public speaking, rhetorical criticism, argumentation theory, identity and representation, and masculinities. His goal in the classroom is to challenge students' preconceptions of the world in which they live, primarily through a Critical lens—and to change that world for the better. And to get them to laugh (a lot) while doing so.
Dr. Moshin likes to pretend that there is actually a world outside of the academic walls, and that if he was magically in it he would do things like watch sports, drink (Northwest) microbrews, cook, travel, and wish desperately that he had a dog.