E Cram earned a PhD in Communication and Culture at Indiana University in 2015, with concentrations in Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, and Rhetoric and Public Culture. Dr. Cram examines intersections between queer studies and the environmental humanities, researching oppositional geographies through queer space and place, corporeality, affect, and visual and material culture. Their current book project, Violent Inheritance and the Legacy of Sexual Modernity in the Rocky Mountain West examines spaces and performances of memory in/of western lands to interpret the ongoing legacy of sexual modernity in shaping cultures of violence in the region. Their next project, Queer Senses and the Aesthetics of Violence, contextualizes Cassils, a trans artist whose performances engage the body as social sculpture, exploring the murky space between rhetoric, violence, and vitality. Dr. Cram’s essays have appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Philosophy & Rhetoric, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies in Communication, among others, in addition to Queering the Countryside: New Directions in Rural Queer Studies (NYU Press, 2016). Dr. Cram is the 2014 recipient of the Stephen Lucas Debut Publication Award from the National Communication Association. They serve on the editorial boards of the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking.
In the department, Cram teaches undergraduate courses and graduate seminars in: gender, sexuality & space; movements, protest, resistance; rhetoric & the body; queer geographies.