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Bonnie J. Dow

Distinguished Professor of Communication of Science and Technology; Professor of Communication Studies
Vice Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Science

Bonnie J. Dow is Distinguished Professor of the Communication of Science and Technology and Professor of Communication Studies and Vice Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs for the College of Arts & Science. She is the author of Watching Women’s Liberation, 1970: Feminism’s Pivotal Year on the Network News (University of Illinois Press, 2014) and Prime-Time Feminism: Television, Media Culture, and the Women’s Movement Since 1970 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996). She is co-editor (with Julia T. Wood) of The Sage Handbook of Gender and Communication (2006) and a co-editor of The Aunt Lute Anthology of U.S. Women Writers, Volume One: 17th –19th Centuries (Aunt Lute Books, 2004).

Dow has received multiple awards for her scholarship. She is a recipient of the Winans-Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship, the Golden Monograph Award, and the Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award, all from the National Communication Association. At Vanderbilt, she has received the Ernest A. Jones Faculty Advisor Award from the College of Arts and Science as well as the Mentoring Award presented by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.

Her current research and teaching interests are in science communication, and she is a member of the steering committee for the Communication of Science and Technology Program. She has received support for her science communication work from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Current Courses:

CSET 1500: Communicating Science

CMST/CSET 2850: Rhetoric, Science, and Public Controversy