Michaela Frischherz

Assistant Professor

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Contact Information

Media Center, 205A


Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2015

Areas of Expertise

Rhetorical theory and criticism
Feminist and queer critique
Sexuality studies


Dr. Michaela Frischherz earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa in May of 2015. She also holds a M.A. in Cultural Analysis from the Universiteit van Amsterdam and a B.A. in Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs from Miami University, Ohio. Michaela specializes in rhetorical theory and criticism with an emphasis on feminist and queer theory. Her research focuses on the meaning-making practices forged by women communicating pleasure and sex in various public spheres. Her latest article, published in Sexualities, explores the rhetoric of pleasure in Cosmopolitan magazine alongside the historical missteps of the publication. Michaela teaches rhetorical theory and criticism, sexual communication, and communication and gender. When she's not studying the communicative dimensions of sex, Michaela enjoys all things popular culture and can be found jumping around the blogosphere or having a glass of wine watching "terrible" television.