Congrats to Professor Mark Congdon Jr. on his latest publication | Communication Studies
February 26, 2018

Congrats to Professor Mark Congdon Jr. on his latest publication

Congratulations to Mark Congdon Jr. for his co-authored book chapter written with Dr. Liliana Herakova, "Calling-in and Calling-out in the College Classroom: What do you say to your students?" in the recently published book Constructing Narratives in Response to Trump's Election: How Various Populations Make Sense of an Unexpected Victory, edited by Shing-Ling Sarina Chen, Nicole Allaire and Zhuojun Joyce Chen.

The overall book analyzes narratives on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential election victory by and for diverse populations. The narratives are designed to help students, women, young Christians, evangelicals, parents of internationally adopted children, white nationalists, etc. understand the meaning and possible consequences of Trump's election, as well as to give voice to the responses and concerns of populations directly affected by Trump's election.

Mark and Liliana's specific book chapter builds on Critical Communication Pedagogy to offer narrative approaches toward relationality in the college classroom. Mark and Liliana acknowledge "adversarial individualism" as the currently dominant cultural narrative, which contributed to the election of Trump and to people's experiences of divisiveness during the Presidential campaign and the first months of Trump's presidency. In response, Mark and Liliana focus on alternative narratives of relationality and ways to foster engagement with students through the use of media and personal narratives as tools of resistance, resilience, and activism. This chapter invites readers to think about the tensions between communication practices of calling-in and calling-out as a response to Trump's election.

The book can be purchased on or on Lexington Publishing's website here:'s-Election-How-Various-Populations-Make-Sense-of-an-Unexpected-Victory.