Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Race


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Race
  • Department:

    • Communication Studies


CELNISHA L. DANGERFIELD is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Race at Colorado State University. She is an award-winning instructor with over 20 years of experience in higher education. Her classes address themes ranging from public speaking and popular culture to co-cultural communication and race. 

Dangerfield’s research is informed by her pedagogical praxis and her interest in the intersections of race, gender, and religion. Her research agenda is grounded by a concept she calls the rhetoric of sanctuary. Her work addresses the rhetorical construction of sanctuary and the decolonization of place. Her interests also include the pedagogical impetus for co-creating sanctuary in the classroom, in mentoring spaces and beyond. Her writing appears in the Southern Journal of Communication and as a chapter in the book, Understanding African American Rhetoric: Classical Origins to Contemporary Innovations.


Dangerfield, C. (Under review). No place/like home: Building a Black feminist mentoring paradigm on the cornerstones of sanctuary. In J. Pauly, L. H. Hernández, & S. Munz (Eds.), Queer, critical, and women of color interventions in feminist mentorship spaces. University of Illinois Press. 

Dangerfield, C. L & Moss, C.L. (2023). The Rhetoric of (Re)marking at the Oscars: Performance of Place in Glory. Southern Communication Journal, 88(4), 298-311. 

Jackson, R.L. & Dangerfield, C. L. (2021). Yikes! What do I do now? Advice for graduate students sharing their work. In Betsy Wackernagel Bach, Dawn Braithwaite, and Shiv Ganesh (eds.), By degrees: Resilience, relationships, and success in communication graduate studies. San Diego, CA: Cognella.  

Morrison, C. D., & Dangerfield, C. L. (2007). Tupac Shakur. In M. Hess (Ed.), Icons of hip hop: An encyclopedia of the movement, music, and culture. Westport, CT: Greenwood. 

Oliver, M. B., Jackson, R. L., Moses, N. & Dangerfield, C. (2004). The face of crime: Viewers’ memory of race-related facial features of individuals pictured in the news. Journal of Communication, 54(1), 88-104. 

Dangerfield, C. L. (2003). Lauryn Hill as lyricist and womanist. In R. L. Jackson II & E. Richardson (Eds.), Understanding African American rhetoric: Classical origins to contemporary innovations. New York: Routledge. 

Jackson, R.L. & Dangerfield, C. L. (2002). Defining Black masculinity as cultural property: An identity negotiation paradigm. In L. Samovar & R. Porter (Eds.), Intercultural communication: A reader. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. 

Jackson, R.L., Morrison, C. D., & Dangerfield, C. L. (2002). Exploring cultural contracts in the classroom and curriculum: Implications of identity negotiation and effects in communication curricula. In J. Trent (Ed.), Promoting the success of students of color in communication (pp. 123-136). Washington, D.C.: National Communication Association & American Association of Higher Education.  

Dangerfield, C. L. (2001). Mapping race, school segregation, and black identities in Woodville, Mississippi: A case study of a rural community. Journal of Rural and Community Psychology, E4(1). 


  • SPCM 100: Communication and Popular Culture

    Survey of media studies approaches to understanding popular culture

  • SPCM 334: Co-Cultural Communication

    Cultural concerns of communication among co-cultures of United States; diversity; self-awareness as cultural imperative for enhanced communication

  • SPCM 353: Race and Communication in the United States

    Critical study of race as it is discursively imposed and performed, experienced and perceived, in the United States