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Faculty and Staff Profile

Kristen E. Okamoto

Assistant Professor


Office: Strode 414
Phone: 864-656-1567
Email: KOKAMOT@clemson.edu
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 Educational Background

Ph.D.
Ohio University 2017

M.A.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 2013

B.S.
Appalachian State University 2007

 Courses Taught

Undergraduate:
COMM 2020: Communication Theory
COMM 3640: Organizational Communication
COMM 4720: Communication in Health Organizations

Graduate:
COMM 8040: Fundamentals of Health Communication
COMM 6640: Advanced Organizational 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?

 Research Publications

Journal Articles:

Okamoto, K. E. (2017). Whose election is it? Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 6(2), 87-89. doi: 10.1525/dcqr.2017.6.2.87

Thompson, C. M., Frisbie, A., Hudak, N., Okamoto, K. E., & Bell, S. (2017). The meanings of “support” for emerging adults whose parents have chronic health conditions: A lifespan perspective. Journal of Family Communication, 7, 301-318. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15267431.2017.1330269 (lead article)

Wiederhold, A., L. W. Black, Munz, S., Okamoto, K. E. (2017). (Dis)Engagement and everyday democracy in stigmatized places: Addressing brain drain in the rural United States. Western Journal of Communication, 81, 168-187.

Okamoto, K. E. (2016). “It’s like moving the Titanic:” Community organizing to address food
(in)security. Health Communication. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2016.1196517

Okamoto, K. E. (2016). Positioning the answerable body in research. Health Communication, 31, 1433-1435.

Jiang, M., & Okamoto, K. E. (2014). National identity, state ideological apparatus, or
panopticon?: A multiperspectival analysis of Chinese national search engine Jike. Policy and Internet, 6, 89-107.

Book Chapters:

Peterson, B. L., & Okamoto, K. E. (2017). Involuntary “members.” In: Farazmand A. (eds.) Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Springer.

Titsworth, S., & Okamoto, K. E. (in press). Communication competence. In J. Keyton (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication.

Harter, L.M., Broderick, M., Okamoto, K. E, & Crawford, R., & Parsloe, S. (2016).
Communicating health and healing through art. In J. Yamasaki, B. Sharf, & P. Geist-Martin (Eds.), Communicating health: Personal, cultural, and political complexities (pp. 121-140). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.

Quinlan, M. M., Harter, L. M., & Okamoto, K. E. (2015). The communication potentials and
challenges of arts-based programming in healthcare settings. In M. Brann (Ed.) (2nd ed.), Contemporary case studies in health communication: Theoretical and applied approaches. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing.

Documentary Films:

Okamoto, K. E. (Associate Producer). (2015). Creative Abundance. Feature-length
documentary produced by L.M. Harter & E. Shaw. Athens, OH: WOUB Center for Public Media. First released documentary in series entitled The Courage of Creativity. The series explores connections between art and well-being. Creative Abundance profiles the efforts of activists working alongside individuals with disability who embrace an asset-approach for organizational innovation and social change.

Okamoto, K. E. (Assistant Producer). (2014). A beautiful remedy. Feature-length documentary
produced by L.M. Harter & E. Shaw. Athens, OH: WOUB Center for Public Media. First released documentary in series entitled The Courage of Creativity. The series explores connections between art and well-being. A Beautiful Remedy profiles the Arts in Medicine program at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Arts in Medicine offers pediatric, adolescent and young adult cancer patients opportunities to express themselves, connect with others, and transcend or transform their social realities.