Communication Studies Professor receives award from National Communication Association

UI Assistant Professor E Cram is one of two scholars to receive the 2022 Early Career Award.
Thursday, September 22, 2022

By Charlotte Brookins  

Assistant Professor E Cram is the recipient of this year’s National Communication Association New Investigator Award.  An image of Assistant Professor E Cram

The award recognizes current members of the Rhetoric and Communication Division of the association who have established a robust research project within eight years of receiving a PhD and who has the potential to contribute significantly to the field of rhetorical or communication theory.  

“My research thinks through the intersections of culture and environment in the context of North America,” Professor Cram says, on the research that earned them this award. “Particularly how systems of gender, race, sexuality, and disability are crafted, maintained, and transformed through environmental relationships.” 

Cram goes on to describe how the experiences and movements of their childhood and early adulthood influenced their views and interests on the topic.  

“Because of these significant geographic transitions, I started asking a lot of questions about the importance of place, location, and region relative to my primary fields of rhetoric and culture and queer studies,” they say.  

Cram works in the Department of Communication Studies and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies, both in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa. Their expertise includes queer ecologies, queer theory, settler colonialisms, environmental cultural studies, rhetorical criticism and publicly engaged collaborative scholarship. 

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers about 70 majors across the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. About 15,000 undergraduate and nearly 2,000 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by faculty at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all Iowa undergraduates through the college's general education program, CLAS CORE. About 80 percent of all Iowa undergraduates begin their academic journey in CLAS. The college confers about 60 percent of the university's bachelor's degrees each academic year.