Dr. Diane M. Blair

California State University, Fresno
Department of Communication
5201 North Maple Ave, Mail Stop SA 46
Fresno, CA  93740-8027

Office: Speech Arts 7
Phone: 559.278.8578 | Fax: 559.278.4113
email | vitae

Position: Professor, Interim Graduate Coordinator
Education: Ph.D., University of Maryland

Interests: Rhetorical Criticism and Theory, American Public Address, Women's Studies

Dr. Blair teaches and researches in the areas of Rhetorical Criticism and Theory, American Public Address and Feminist Theory and Practice. She has published several articles and book chapters on women and politics, including the rhetorical performances of U.S. first ladies. Her research has appeared in the scholarly journals of Rhetoric and Public Affairs, the Western Journal of Communication, and Communication Quarterly, and in edited volumes of Civil Rights Rhetoric and the American Presidency and Leading Ladies of the White House: Communication Strategies of Notable Twentieth Century First Ladies. She is also a contributor and member of the editorial board for Voices of Democracy: The U.S. Oratory Project. She was President of the Organization for Research on Women and Communication 2010-2012, and is currently serving as Immediate Past President for the organization. In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Blair is active in the community as a local board member for the League of Women Voters and she serves as faculty advisor for the CSUF Student Unit of LWV.