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Alumni Spotlight

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Dr. Jay Baglia

Jay Baglia Alumni Award

Dr. Jay Baglia graduated from the USF Communication Department with his PhD in 2003. Since then, he has gone on to teach at several universities, in Texas, California, Pennsylvania, including here at USF! Currently, he serves as an Associate Professor in the College of Communication at DePaul University. His research is focused on health and gender communication, and performance studies.

Jay has published two books, "The Viagra Ad Venture: Masculinity, Media, & the Performance of Sexual Health," which won the 2012 Distinguished Book Award from the Health Communication Division at the National Communication Association, and "Communicating Pregnancy Loss: Narrative as a Method for Change" (a volume co-edited with Rachel E. Silverman). In addition, he has published several essays, chapters, and reviews in journals such as Cultural Studies <> Critical Methodologies, Family Medicine, Health Communication, Text & Performance Quarterly, Women & Language, and the Journal of Dramatic Theory & Criticism.

Most recently, he was awarded the 2023 Ellis-Bochner Autoethnography and Personal Narrative Research Award for his article, “The Ontology of Oncology: Navigating Cyborgs and Assemblages Through Cancer Treatment,” which was published in Health Communication.

Jay was recently featured in a NPR spot where he spoke about human touch and healing during the pandemic. Click here to listen to the discussion. 

Dr. Elizabeth Hintz

Dr. Elizabeth Hintz Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Elizabeth Hintz graduated from the USF Department of Communication with her PhD in 2021. She is now a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Connecticut. Her research examines how people managing complex, stigmatized, and poorly understood health conditions experience and navigate challenging conversations with partners, family members, and clinicians.

Elizabeth’s work can be found in journals such as Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, and Health Communication. Her work has also appeared in outlets such as the BBC, WIRED U.K., ScienceLine, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and NCA’s Communication Currents.

Elizabeth has received several top paper and research and teaching awards. She is the 2023 recipient of both the Early Career Award from the NCA Interpersonal Communication Division and the 2023 Leslie A. Baxter Early Career Award from the NCA Family Communication Division.  Most recently, Elizabeth received the 2023 NCA Bill Eadie Distinguished Scholarly Article Award for her co-authored article, "E-Sisters and the Essure coil: Power, representation and voice in women’s public docket accounts to the FDA of medical device adverse events" (Journal of Applied Communication Research, 2023).

Dr. Sasha Sanders

Dr. Sasha Sanders, Symposium Speaker

Dr. Sasha Sanders (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor of Performance Studies in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Texas and an affiliated faculty member of the Women's and Gender Studies Program and LGBTQ Studies Program. She graduated from the USF Department of Communication with her Ph.D in 2021.

Dr. Sanders draws on autoethnography, performance, and Black feminist aesthetics to question and reimagine identity, power, and place. Her embodied, reflexive approach to exploring media and culture intersects with Performance Studies, Critical Cultural Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and Comic Studies. In her recent publications, “Gutter Futures” and “(Be)coming Out in Comics: Navigating Liminality and Queer Identity Formation,” she argues that the gutters in comics open liminal spaces of possibility and transformation that welcome fluidity and future-oriented world-making.

Her scholarship can be found in Text and Performance Quarterly, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, Journal of Autoethnography, and Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies.