Dr. Diane M. Blair
California State University, Fresno
Department of Communication
5201 North Maple Ave, Mail Stop SA 46
Fresno, CA 93740-8027
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 Women’s Studies in Communication, 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 served as President of the Organization for Research on Women and Communication 2010-2012. She is currently serving as the Fresno State Chapter President of the California Faculty Association.