Communication Faculty

D. Robert DeChaine

D. Robert DeChaine

D. Robert DeChaine (Ph.D. Cultural Studies, The Claremont Graduate University, 2001) is Professor in the Departments of Liberal Studies and Communication Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, where he teaches courses in cultural studies, rhetorical theory and criticism, globalization, human rights, social movements, and critical pedagogy.  DeChaine’s published research explores rhetorical and cultural dimensions of social change in a globalized world.  He is author of Global Humanitarianism: NGOs and the Crafting of Community (Lexington Books, 2005) and editor of Border Rhetorics: Charting Enactments of Citizenship and Identity on the US-Mexico Frontier (University of Alabama Press, forthcoming), as well as more than a dozen scholarly articles, book chapters, and reviews.  His work has appeared in journals such as Cultural Studies, the Journal of Communication Inquiry, Popular Music and Society, the Quarterly Journal of Speech, the Southern Communication Journal, Text and Performance Quarterly, and the Western Journal of Communication.  His recent publications include examinations of the spatial-cultural politics of Sans Frontièrisme (Without Borderism), the rhetoric of corporate social responsibility, and the Minuteman Movement’s attempts to refigure a national civic imaginary.  He is currently conducting research on border rhetorics and their bearing on modes of citizenship enactment, community formation, immigration policy, and post/national identity.  DeChaine is an alumnus of CSULA, a native Californian, and an avid music fan.