Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Office: Communications Building Room 2006
Rebecca Walker is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She received her B.A. from the University of North Texas in Communication Studies with an emphasis in performance studies (1998), an M.A. from the University of North Texas in Communication Studies with an emphasis in performance studies (2004) and her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in Communication Studies with an emphasis in performance studies (2011). Her primary research interests focus on the intersection(s) of performance, culture, and technology. Specifically, Dr. Walker is interested in how technology influences our culture and communicative practices, particularly our performative practices. Her most recent research in this arena involved a study of flash mobs as performative resistance. Dr. Walker’s other areas of research interest include performance art, rhetoric and popular culture, visual rhetoric, culture jamming, feminist theory, and tourism as communication and performance.
Dr. Walker has been published in professional journals such as Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, and The KB Journal, a journal of the Kenneth Burke Society. Her upcoming article, “Fill/Flash/Memory: A History of the Flash Mob” will appear in Text and Performance Quarterly. She has presented at various conferences, including the National Communication Association. Dr. Walker has also written, adapted, performed in and directed many performances, most recently, “The Bell Jar,” an adaptation of the novel by Sylvia Plath.
- Performance and culture
- New media/digital performance
- Performance history
- Performance art
- Rhetoric and popular culture
- Visual rhetoric
- Culture jamming
- Feminist theory
- Tourism as communication and performance
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2011