Desiree Rowe

Associate Professor

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Contact Info

Media Center, 205D


Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2009

Areas of Expertise

Performance studies
Queer/feminist rhetorics


Dr. Desirée D. Rowe received their interdisciplinary Ph.D. in 2009 from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University, and earned their M.A. from Minnesota State, Mankato and a B.A. in English from Seton Hall University. Desirée’s work lives at the intersections of queer performance ethnography, feminist rhetorical perspectives on popular culture, and digital discourses. Currently, Desirée’s research agenda currently focuses on creative participatory methods that explore the ways in which women communicate negativity and failure. She has published articles in Women and Language, Text and Performance Quarterly, Cultural Studies -Critical Methodologies, Rethinking History: A Journal of Theory and Practice, Qualitative Inquiry, Western Journal of Communication Studies, and many book chapters. In 2019 she was named a Fulbright Scholar to Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. She also likes to bake cakes on Sundays, construct collages when it rains, and build cardboard rocket ships with Penny.

Journal Articles

Rowe, D.D. (Forthcoming). Negative affect, SCUM, and the politics of possibility. Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies.

Rowe, D.D. (Forthcoming). Ekkreinen: A solo capsule performance. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies. 

Rowe, D.D. (2017). Beyond the Talk Back: Performin autoethnography and the functions of critique. International Review of Qualitative Research, 10:3, 283-294.

Book Chapters

Rowe, D.D. (2017). Autoethnography as object-oriented method. Doing autoethnography. Routledge: New York, New York.

Rowe, D.D. (2015). Cruel optimism and the problem of positivity: Miscarriage as a model for living. In R. Silverman and J. Baglia (Eds.) Communicating Pregnancy Loss: Narrative as A Method for Change. Peter Lang Publishers: New York: NY, 259-266. 

Rowe, D.D. (2014) Roses and grime: Tattoos, text, and failure. In T. Adams and J. Wyatt (Eds.), On (Writing) Families: Autoethnographies of Presence and Absence, Love and Loss. Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, Netherlands, 37-43.

Peer-reviewed stage performances

Rowe, D. D. Writer and performer, solo. Depressive Realism is Why No One Showed Up To My 6th Birthday. 2016, March. Plenary performance. Doing Auto Ethnography annual conference. 2015, September. Performed at Arizona State University.

Grants awarded

Fulbright Scholar Award. (2019). Kyushu University, Japan. 

Organization for Research on Women and Communication. (2017, March). With M. Frischherz.

Waterhouse Family Institute. (2014). Performing gender-based resistance in Eastern Germany.