Dr. Sasha Sanders | Communication Studies

Dr. Sasha Sanders

Assistant Professor in Performance Studies
GAB 332


Dr. Sasha Sanders (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor in Performance Studies in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Texas. She is a proud (San Francisco) Bay Area native and former first-generation college student. She earned her PhD in Communication from the University of South Florida. Previously, she earned her master's and bachelor's degrees in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach.

Dr. Sanders draws on autoethnography, performance, and Black feminist aesthetics to question and reimagine identity, power, and place. She extends Black feminist aesthetics by using DIY art, such as stop-motion animation and comics, as forms of democratized knowledge production. Her embodied, reflexive approach to exploring media and culture intersects with Performance Studies, Critical Cultural Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies. Dr. Sanders examines what she defines as "arresting moments" of racialized gender, moments that disorients one's sense of self and place forcing them to question belonging, betweenness, and the possibilities of becoming. Her interdisciplinary scholarship can be found in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, Journal of Autoethnography, and Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies.


Huber, A. A., McRae, C.., Sanders, S., Rousset, S., Oglesby, B., Magalona, C., Mattson, L., & Stanley, B. L. (In press) "Embodied fragments: Failure, resistance and pedagogical 'possibility." Text and Performance Quarterly.

Sasha Sanders (2021) Gutter futures, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 18:3, 315-316, DOI: 10.1080/14791420.2021.1954215

Aisha S. Durham, Wesley Johnson, and Sasha Sanders (2021) Guest Editor's Introduction, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 10:2, 1-6, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2021.10.2.1

Sasha J Sanders and Anjuliet G. Woodruffe (2021) Home-Schooling in David Makes Man, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 10:2, 59-67, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2021.10.2.59

Aisha Durham, Marquese McFerguson, Sasha Sanders, Anjuliet Woodruffe (2020) The Future of Autoethnography is Black, Journal of Autoethnography, 1:3, 289-296. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/joae.2020.1.3.289

Sasha Sanders (2020) (Be)coming out in comics: Navigating liminality and queer identity formation, Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies, 9:1, 39-62.


Performance and Culture, COMM 4260

Performance of Literature, COMM 2060

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