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Faculty and Staff Profile

Kristen E. Okamoto

Assistant Professor

Office: Strode 414
Phone: 864-656-1567
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 Educational Background

Ohio University 2017

University of North Carolina at Charlotte 2013

Appalachian State University 2007

 Courses Taught

COMM 2020: Communication Theory

COMM 8040: Fundamentals of Health Communication

 Research Interests

My research and creative activity explore how our experience of health is shaped by organizing practices and in turn assumes meaning within and through diverse bodies. Guided by poststructural feminist and narrative theories, I explore how bodies assume meaning through societal discourse, relational interactions, and institutional practices. I position embodied differences as central to understanding the ways in which we organize selves and resources for social change. My scholarship is motivated by questions including: How are bodies disciplined through organizational practices related to food consumption, exercise, and movement in spatial domains? What are the visible and hidden costs of asymmetrical power relations? In what ways do food’s spatial, temporal, and material elements serve to emplot our understanding of health? What social orders are maintained or disrupted through storytelling? Whose interests are served (or not) through dominant narrative practices? Under what conditions can counter-narratives reimagine and/or articulate alternative possibilities?