D. Robert DeChaine

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College of Arts and Letters
Departments of Liberal Studies and Communication Studies
Office Location: MUS 107
Phone: 323-343-4199 Email: ddechai@calstatela.edu


College of Arts & Letters

D. Robert DeChaine, Ph.D.

Departments of Liberal Studies and Communication Studies

Offices: ET A411 and MUS 107
Phone: (323) 343-4199
FAX: (323) 343-6484
Email: ddechai@calstatela.edu



D. Robert DeChaine is a Professor in the Departments of Liberal Studies and Communication Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, where he teaches courses in cultural studies, rhetorical studies, 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: Citizenship and Identity on the U.S.-Mexico Frontier (University of Alabama Press, 2012) as well as more than a dozen scholarly articles and book chapters. His work has appeared in journals such as Cultural Studies, the Journal of Communication InquiryPopular Music and Society, the Quarterly Journal of Speechthe Southern Communication Journal, Text and Performance Quarterly, and the Western Journal of Communication. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, a scholarly journal of the National Communication Association.


DeChaine received Cal State LA's Outstanding Professor Award for 2013-2014. He is an alumnus of Cal State LA, a native Californian, and an avid music fan.


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Representative Publications

“Humanitarian Doxa and the Civic Imaginary.” Routledge Handbook of Humanitarian Communication. Ed. Anne Vestergaard and Lilie Chouliaraki. London and New York: Routledge, 2018. [Forthcoming]


"Tracking the ‘Shifting Borders’ of Identity and Otherness: Productive Complications and Ethico-Political Commitments.” Defining Communities: Identity and Otherness in the Rhetorics of U.S. Immigration. Ed. E. Johanna Hartelius. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015. 275-88. 


“(Re)Bordering the Scholarly Imaginary: The State and Future of Rhetorical Border Studies.” Rhetoric Across Borders. Ed. Anne Teresa Demo. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2015. 107-18. [Co-authored with Antonio De La Garza and Kent A. Ono]


“Memory, Desire, and the ‘Good Collector’ in PEZhead Culture.” Contemporary Collecting: Objects, Practices and the Fate of Things. Ed. Kevin M. Moist and David Banash. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2013. 67-80.


Border Rhetorics: Citizenship and Identity on the U.S.-Mexico Frontier. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2012.


"Ethos in a Bottle: Corporate Social Responsibility and Humanitarian Doxa." The Megarhetorics of Global Development. Ed. Rebecca Dingo and J. Blake Scott. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011. 75-100.


"Imagined Immunities: Border Rhetorics and the Ethos of Sans Frontièrisme." Interdisciplinarity and Social Justice: Revisioning Academic Accountability. Ed. Joe Parker, Ranu Samantrai, and Mary Romero. Ithaca: SUNY Press, 2010. 261-85.


"Bordering the Civic Imaginary: Alienization, Fence Logic, and the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps." Quarterly Journal of Speech, 95.1 (2009): 43-65.


"Michael Bérubé's Rhetorical Occasions and Provocations." Cultural Studies, 22.1 (2008): 161-3.


Global Humanitarianism: NGOs and the Crafting of Community. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005.


"Humanitarian Space and the Social Imaginary: Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders and the Rhetoric of Global Community." Journal of Communication Inquiry, 26.4 (2002): 354-69.


"Affect and Embodied Understanding in Musical Experience." Text and Performance Quarterly, 22.2 (2002): 79-98.


"From Discourse to Golf Course: The Serious Play of Imagining Community Space." Journal of Communication Inquiry, 25.2 (2001): 132-46.


"Magic, Mimesis, and Revolutionary Praxis: Illuminating Walter Benjamin's Rhetoric of Redemption." Western Journal of Communication, 64.3 (2000): 285-307.


"Mapping Subversion: Queercore Music's Playful Discourse of Resistance. " Popular Music and Society, 21.4 (1997): 7-37.


Educational Background

Ph.D. Cultural Studies 2001

The Claremont Graduate University

M.A. Communication 1996

California State University, Los Angeles

B.A. Communication 1994

California State University, San Bernardino

Fall 2018 Teaching Schedule


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LBS 4600 01 Cultural Studies: Theories and Methods 3 TBA TBA
COMS 5810 01 Seminar in Visual Rhetoric 3 TBA TBA


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