Dr. Hillary A. Jones
California State University, Fresno
Department of Communication
5201 North Maple Ave, Mail Stop SA 46
Fresno, CA 93740-8027
Position: Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Adviser
Education: Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
Interests: Rhetorical Criticism; Utopian/Dystopian Rhetoric; and Rhetoric’s Intersections with Critical/Cultural Theory, Radical Politics, Gender and Intersectional Identities, and Visual and New Media
Dr. Hillary A. Jones teaches courses in rhetorical criticism, rhetorical theory, and rhetoric of the media. In the past, she taught courses in person and online for The Pennsylvania State University and Colorado State University in rhetorical message analysis, public speaking, media and society, and popular culture. She has earned a teaching with technology certificate for innovative use of technology in the classroom.
Dr. Jones’s work has appeared in Southern Communication Journal, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Communication, Culture, and Critique. She is serving as Associate Editor for the forthcoming fifth edition of Carl Burgchardt’s rhetorical criticism reader, Readings in Rhetorical Criticism. Her research examines how speculative texts function rhetorically as discursive spaces, idea vehicles, and tools for cultural change. She considers the rhetorical work performed by radical and transgressive politics in science and speculative fiction, both on the page and on the screen. Her projects employ rhetorical criticism to illuminate the possibilities that emerge from narrative texts, including how we imagine communities, constitute and change collective identities, organize collectively, and alter interpersonal and socio-cultural relationships. Her most current research examines women’s use of social media (e.g. Pinterest) and radical feminist figures in science fiction and fantasy television (e.g. The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones).
Dr. Jones has served on the Western Journal of Communication editorial board since 2012. She reviews journal submissions for Communication, Culture, and Critique and conference submissions for the National Communication Association. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Lamdba Pi Eta, Dr. Jones is active in numerous professional organizations, including the Organization for Research on Women in Communication.