Jennifer Potter

Associate Professor

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Contact Information

Media Center, 205B


Ph.D., Howard University, 2008

Areas of Expertise

Intercultural Communication
Public Memory
Social Protest Rhetoric
Motherhood Studies


Dr. Potter earned her Ph.D. from Howard University in Communication and Culture in 2008. She earned her MA in Communication Studies at University of Northern Iowa in 2005 and her BA in Communication, Sociology, and Political Science from Cornell College in 2001.

Dr. Potter’s research agenda has never been defined by a specific method or field of study, but instead has been propelled by her interest in specific artifacts related to gender and race. For example, she has studied the public usage of the term “illegal” as it relates to undocumented immigrants, the visual power of a collection of lynching photographs, the role of women and women’s voices in the Arab world, public conversations about women’s choices to breastfeed their children, white privilege in black spaces, and “reasonable” racism, and community celebrations of privilege and racism.

In addition to her research, Dr. Potter has spent much of her academic life involved with speech and debate. She was a policy debater in high school, competed in parliamentary debate and speech in college, and coached and directed speech and debate programs at four different institutions, including Towson University. She remains committed to forensics and is an active faculty advisor for Pi Kappa Delta, the national forensics honorary society.

Dr. Potter serves as the Unit Coordinator for the Communication Studies major.

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Selected Publications

Potter, J.E. (2015). The whiteness of silence: A critical autoethnographic tale of a strategic rhetoric. The Qualitative Report, 20(9), 1434-1447.

Potter, J.E. (2014). Brown-skinned outlaws: An ideographic analysis of illegal(s). Communication, Culture, & Critique, 7(2), 1-18. doi: 10.1111/cccr.12045

Ohl, J.J., & Potter, J.E. (2013). United we lynch: Post-racism and the (re)membering of racial violence in Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America. Southern Communication Journal, 78(3), 185-201. doi: 10.1080/1041794X.2012.749297

Potter, J.E. (2013). Adopting Commodities: A Burkean cluster analysis of adoption rhetoric. Adoption Quarterly, 16(2), 108-127.