Desiree Rowe

Assistant Professor

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Contact Information

Media Center, 205D


Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2009

Areas of Expertise

Performance studies
Queer/feminist rhetorics


Dr. Desireé D. Rowe received her interdisciplinary Ph.D. in 2009 from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. She also earned her M.A. from Minnesota State, Mankato and B.A. in English from Seton Hall University. Her work lives at the intersections of queer performance ethnography, feminist rhetorical perspectives on popular culture, and digital discourses. Her research agenda currently focuses on radical negativity and failure (among other darker aspects of human subjectivity) to reimagine alternative constructions of possibility. Her work includes articles in Women and Language, Text and Performance Quarterly, Cultural Studies -Critical Methodologies, Rethinking History: A Journal of Theory and Practice, Qualitative Inquiry, many book chapters, and a solo autoethnographic performance that she is touring. She was recently awarded the Best Book Chapter of 2015 by the National Communication Association’s Ethnography Division. In her spare time, she likes to watch crappy reality television and period dramas and build cardboard rocket ships with her daughter.



Journal Articles

  • Rowe, D.D. (Accepted). Beyond the Talk Back: Performing autoethnography and the functions of critique. International Review of Qualitative Research.
  • Rowe, D.D. (December, 2015). Please don’t use the restraints: Forgetting, failure, and childbirth. Qualitative Inquiry, 21:10, 1-6.
  • Rowe, D.D. (2014). Performative (re)Writing: Performative writing and the politics of scribble. Women and Language, 36:2, 107-113.
  • Davis, A.M. & Rowe, D.D. (2013). Digital discourses: Implementing technology in the public speaking classroom. Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology, 2:1, 73-76.
  • Rowe, D.D. (March, 2013). The (dis)appearance of Up Your Ass: Valerie Solanas as abject revolutionary. Rethinking History: A Journal of Theory and Practice, 17.1, 74-81.

Book Chapters

  • Rowe, D.D. (Forthcoming, 2017). Autoethnography as object-oriented method. Doing autoethnography. Routledge: New York, New York.
  • Rowe, D.D. (2014). 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.