Communication Studies

Dr. Jennifer A. Malkowski

Associate Professor, Program Coordinator, & Graduate Coordinator
  • Ph.D. (2014) Communication, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • MA (2008) Communication, San Diego State University
  • BA (2006) Communication Studies, University of San Dieg

My research focuses on the rhetorics of public health and medicine and pays particular attention to how understandings of risk, professionalism, and biotechnology influence healthcare systems and practices. In this regard, my areas of interest fall within two larger categories: (1) public perceptions of health and medicine in relation to risk management; and, (2) medical professionalism in relation to public health outcomes, social disparities in health, and behavioral intervention.

Professional Affiliations:

  • National Communication Association
  • Rhetoric Society of America
  • Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology

Course Taught:

  • CMST 459: Health Communication
  • CMST 350: Foundations of Rhetorical Communication Theories and Practice

Select Publications:

Arduser, L., Dura, L., & Malkowski, J. (2015). Rhetorical agency in the face of uncertainty: Articulating, negotiating, and leveraging risk. Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry Journal (POROI): An International Journal of Rhetorical Analysis and Invention, 11, 1–8. DOI: 10.13008/2151-2957.1225

Malkowski, J. A. (2014). Beyond prevention: Rhetorics of resistance and containment in social scientific discourse about bug chasing. Journal of Medical Humanities, 35, 211–228. doi:10.1007/s10912-014-9280-x

Walker, K. C., Malkowski, J. A., & Pfister, D. (2014). A choreography of living texts: Meta-rhetorical movements from the ARST oral history project. Rhetoric Review, 33, 262–280. doi:10.1080/07350198.2014.917515

Malkowski, J. A. (2013). Confessions of a pharmaceutical company: Narrative, voice, and gendered dialectics in the case of Gardasil. Health Communication,29, 81–92. doi:10.1080/10410236.2012.719178

White, C. H., & Malkowski, J. A. (2013). Communicative challenges of bystander intervention: The impact of goals and message design logic on messages used to intervene. Health Communication, 29, 93–104. doi:10.1080/10410236.2012.721335

Malkowski, J. A. (2012). Building a case for centered, patient–physician communication: Standardizing genuine interaction in the medical context. In R. Ahmed & B. Bates (Eds.) Medical communication in clinical contexts: Research and applications (pp. 37–57). Dubuque, IA