Woman President wins National Communication Association top book prize
Communication Studies | August 08, 2014
The National Communication Association has awarded its top book prize to Department of Communication Studies professor Karrin Anderson for Woman President: Confronting Postfeminist Political Culture (Texas A&M University Press, 2013).
Anderson shares the honor with co-author Kristina Sheeler, associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University. Anderson and Sheeler are the 2014 recipients of the James A. Winans and Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address. They will be honored this November at NCA’s 2014 national convention, held in Chicago. The National Communication Association advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious award and I am grateful to my colleagues at CSU who have been so supportive of this research,” says Anderson.
In Woman President Anderson and Sheeler discuss the U.S. presidentiality as a unique rhetorical role and review women’s historical and contemporary presidential bids, placing special emphasis on the 2008 campaign. They also consider how candidate oratory, campaign journalism, film and television, digital media, and political parody frame presidentiality. Anderson and Sheeler want to know, “what will it take for a woman to be elected as U.S. president?”
“Our field also has produced important work on the ways in which the U.S. presidency is constituted as militaristic, masculine, white, and heterosexual,” Anderson says. “A few studies have assessed individual women as presidential and vice-presidential contenders. Our book, however, is the first sustained treatment of gendered presidentiality in contemporary postfeminist political culture.” Anderson and Sheeler argue that one of the most rigid barriers to the election of a woman president is a broad cultural backlash against female presidentiality.
“I am pleased that research on gender and the U.S. presidency is gaining attention,” Anderson says. “It underscores the academic and political importance of women presidential candidates.” Anderson and Sheeler previously co-authored the book Governing Codes: Gender, Metaphor, and Political Identity.
“Women have been running for president since before the passage of the 19th amendment,” Anderson says. “I hope that this book, in some small way, makes women’s path to the Oval Office a little smoother.”
Read more about Woman President: Confronting Postfeminist Political Culture or purchase the book at the Texas A&M University Press and Amazon.com.