Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz joined the faculty after completing her Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012, with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Duke University.
Natalie’s book project, Homeland Maternity: US Security Culture and the New Reproductive Regime (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming), examines contemporary struggles over reproductive health and motherhood in the context of homeland security culture. Taking a range of cultural sites and practices into account, her work queries the rhetorical dimensions of reproductive injustice and considers possibilities for transformation and redress. She has published articles on rhetoric and reproductive politics, the commercial surrogacy industry, and third-wave feminism, as well as book chapters on the public debates surrounding birth control and communication activism pedagogy. Her research appears in journals and edited volumes, including Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies in Communication, and Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. She serves on the editorial board of Quarterly Journal of Speech and Women’s Studies in Communication and is the co-author of the textbook Gendered Lives: Communication, Gender, and Culture with Julia T. Wood.
Natalie teaches courses in rhetorical theory and criticism, gender and sexuality studies, social movements and feminisms. She encourages connections between theory and practice, the community and the classroom, through service-learning and experiential education, and is involved in various community-based reproductive justice initiatives.