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Faculty | Jeffrey A. Bennett

Associate Professor

Office: 220J Edgehill
(1801 Edgehill Ave)
Phone: 615-322-8668

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Curriculum Vitae

JEFF BENNETT is Associate Professor of Communication Studies. He is the author of Banning Queer Blood: Rhetorics of Citizenship, Contagion, and Resistance, which scrutinizes the federal donor deferral policy limiting queer men’s ability to donate blood. He is currently working on a book-length project that explores the rhetoric of diabetes management.


B.A., Speech Communication, Wayne State University (1996)

M.A., Communication Studies, Northern Illinois University (1998)

Ph.D., Communication and Culture, Indiana University (2004)

Representative Publications

“Chronic Citizenship: Community, Choice, and the Queer Controversy Over PrEP.” In Biocitizenship: Lively Subjects, Embodied Sociality, and Posthuman Politics, eds. Kelly Happe, Jenell Johnson, and Marina Levina (New York University Press, forthcoming).

“‘Born This Way’: Queer Vernacular and the Politics of Origins.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 11 (2014): 211-240.

“Troubled Interventions: Public Policy, Vectors of Disease, and the Rhetoric of Diabetes Management.” Journal of Medical Humanities 34 (2013): 15-32.

“Queer Teenagers and the Mediation of Utopian Catastrophe.” Critical Studies in Media Communication 27 (2010): 455-476.