Courtney Bailey

Professional Title

Associate Professor


communication arts


Current Events, Feminism, LGBTQ Issues, News Media, Politics, Race in the Media, Sexuality in Media, Social Movements, Visual Culture


B.S.C., Ohio University; M.S., Ph.D., Indiana University

Specializing in rhetorical studies, media studies, and feminist/queer theory, Courtney Bailey’s teaching and research emphasize visual imagery and representations of the body in U.S. popular culture.  Her courses span rhetorical theory and criticism, as well disability, sexuality, race, and democracy, and she has published articles on the documentary film “Super Size Me,” on celebrity scandals involving homophobia, and on right-wing feminist rhetoric.  Her current project explores the depiction of heterosexual polygamy as a marginalized sexual identity, as seen in the HBO series “Big Love” and the TLC reality series “Sister Wives.”