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D.Travers Scott

Associate Professor

Office: 404 Strode

Phone: (864) 656-1567

Fax: 864 656 0599

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Educational Background

PhD Communication
University of Southern California 2010

MCDM Digital Media
University of Washington 2005

BFA Writing & Performance
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1991

Courses Taught

Summer Scholars Pop-up Advertising Agency
COMM1070 Media Representations of Science and Technology
COMM1500 Introduction to Human Communication
COMM3070 Public Communication of Science and Technology
COMM3060 Critical/Cultural Communication Research Methods
COMM3150 Critical/Cultural Communication Research Theory
COMM3660 Special Topics: Trends in New Media
COMM3990 Critical Inquiry: Site-Specific Messaging: Communicating Food, Identity, and Culture
COMM4550 Gender Communication
COMM4950 Senior Capstone Experience: Cultures of New Media
COMM4950 Senior Capstone Experience: Advertising and Society
COMM4950 Senior Capstone Experience: Farms, Markets & Communication
COMM4950 Senior Capstone Experience: Oral Histories of Pandemic Technologies
COMM8020 Communication Theory II (Qualitative and Critical/Cultural)
COMM8030 Survey of Communication Technology Studies
COMM8080 Representation and Popular Culture
COMM8090 Communication Media Law and Policy
COMM8060 Health, Communication, and Culture
WS4010 Women's Leadership Senior Seminar


D. Travers Scott is an author and educator interested in identities, particularly related to gender, sexuality, health, and technology. He has authored five books, (co)edited two, and published over 150 short pieces. A cultural producer and analyst, he has published fiction and creative nonfiction since 1989, and academic writing since 1997. Seeing the marginal outlets of outsider voices as equally important to authoritative sources, he has published in outlets ranging from underground ‘zines to scholarly journals. For 13 years he straddled professional work in advertising—for clients such as AT&T Wireless, Netflix, and Microsoft—with performing in the USA, Canada, and Australia—his work profiled in Harper’s magazine and This American Life. He holds a BFA in Writing and Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Master of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington, and a PhD in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.

Research Interests

The communication of identity is the unifying inquiry across my active, interdisciplinary research program. Subjective processes of identity management as well as social processes of identification are the core of my scholarship, with emphases on gender/sexuality, health, and an innovative conception of technology users as an identity category, deploying a critical/cultural approach of combining qualitative, interpretive, and historiographic methods. As an interdisciplinary scholar, my research trajectory engages in conversations carried out in and across various academic fields. While maintaining a focus on communication, I respond to and work with scholars in cultural studies, American studies, history, feminist, gender, and sexuality studies; and other areas.

Research Publications

Scott, D. T. (2020). Gay Men and Feminist Women in the Struggle for Equality: "What Did You Do During the Second Wave, Daddy?" New York: Peter Lang.
Scott, D. T. (2018). Pathology and Technology: Killer Apps and Sick Users. New York: Peter Lang.
Scott, D. T. and A. Shaw (Eds.) (2018). Interventions: 2017 Theme Book of the International Communication Association. New York: Peter Lang.
Pariera, K., Brody, E., & Scott, D. T. (2019). Now that They’re Out: Experiences of College Athletics Teams with Openly LGBTQ Players. Journal of homosexuality, 1-19.
Scott, D.T. (2018). “Coming out of the closet”—Examining a metaphor. Annals of the International Communication Association, 1-10.
Scott, D. T. and Bates, M. (2017). “It’s not just sexism”: Feminization and (ab)normalization in the commercialization of anxiety disorders. In E. Ellcessor and B. Kirkpatrick (Eds.) Disability Media Studies, pp. 152-173. New York: NYU Press.
Scott, D.T. (2016). Reconciling Hall with discourse, written in the shadows of ‘Confederate’ and rainbow flags. Critical Studies in Media Communication (National Communication Association). Reprinted in L. Grossberg and J. Slack (Eds.) (2017). Stuart Hall Lives: Cultural Studies in an Age of Digital Media. New York: Routledge.
Scott, D.T. (2016). LGBT studies. Entry for The International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy. Klaus Bruhn Jensen, Gen. Ed., Robert T. Craig, Jeff Pooley, Eric Rothenbuhler, Assoc. Eds.
Scott, D.T. and S. Hambright-Belue. (2016). Pedagogies of spatial perception: Collaborative insights from rural food systems. Journal of Space/Place and Communication.
Scott, DT. (2016). Participation, Pain, and World-Making: Affective Political Economies of Irish Traveller Fight Videos. Television and New Media.
Scott, D. T. (2015). Productive passions: Masculinity, reproduction, and territorializations in techno-horror. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 20, 1 10.
Scott, D. T. (2014). The empathetic meme: Situating Chris Crocker within the media history of LGBT equality struggles. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 38, 4, 308-324.
Scott, D. T. (2014). “Music to Moog Byâ€: Gendering in Early Analog Synthesizers in the United States. Technoculture.
Scott, D. T. and D. Powers. (Eds.). (2013). Critical Communication History. Special section of International Journal of Communication 7, 1912-2044.
Scott, D. T. (2013). Refining 'resonance' as sympathetic intertextual relations: Pet Shop Boys score Battleship Potemkin. Music, Sound and the Moving Image 7, 1, 53-82.
Scott, D. T. (2012, Aug. 20) Listening to #Occupy in the classroom. Sounding Out!, scholarly sound studies online publication.
Scott, D. T. (2011). Intimate threats and intersubjective users: Telephone training films, 1927-1962. American Quarterly, 63, 2, 487-507.
Scott, D. T. (2011). Contested kicks: Sneakers and gay masculinity, 1964-2008. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 8, 2, 146-164.
Scott, D. T. (2011). Sound studies for historians of new media. In D. Park, S. Jones, and N. Jankowski (Eds.), The Long History of New Media: Technology, Historiography, and Newness in Context (pp. 75-88). New York: Peter Lang.
Scott, D. T. (2011). Imagining a faggotty web. In Mattilda B. Sycamore, (Ed.), Why are faggots so afraid of faggots?: Flaming challenges to masculinity, objectification, and the desire to conform (pp. 5-10). Oakland, CA: AK Press.
Scott, D. T. (2011). Free speech inside and outside of civil rights movements. Communication Currents, Sept.
Scott, D. T. (2010). The postfeminist user: Feminism and media theory in two interactive media properties. Feminist Media Studies, 10, 4, 457-475.
Scott, D. T. (2009). Bubble 2.0: Organized, online critique of “Web 2.0.” Rocky Mt. Communication Review, 6, 1, 32-39.
Scott, D. T. (2008). Tempests of the blogosphere: Presidential campaign stories that failed to ignite mainstream media. In M. Boler (Ed.), Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times (pp. 271-300). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.


Pathology & Technology: Killer Apps and Sick users

Gay Men and Feminist Women in the Fight for Equality: “What Did You Do During the Second Wave, Daddy?”

Interventions: Communication Research and Practice (ICA International Communication Association Annual Conference Theme Book Series 5)

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