Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana
Communication Studies

1 Drexel Drive

Campus Box 298

New Orleans, LA 70125

504-520-5087 phone

504-520-7982 fax



communication studies


Associate Professor


Ph.D. Wayne State University
Communication Studies, 2007

M.A. Wayne State University
Communication, 2004

B.A. Wayne State University
Communication, 2002

  • CMST 1010 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
  • CMST 1011H Fundamentals of Public Speaking (Honors/Service Learning Section)
  • CMST 2075 Special Topics: Gender and Communication
  • CMST 2080 Health Communication
  • CMST 2180 Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism
  • WMST 1030 Introduction to Women's Studies
  • FRSM 1000 Freshman Seminar I
  • FRSM 1100 Freshman Seminar II (Service Learning Section

Gender and Communication


Dr. Kimberly J. Chandler (Ph.D. Wayne State University) began teaching at Xavier in the Fall of 2007. She is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies, also teaching in the Women's Studies program. Her research focuses on gender and communication in relation to the performance of gender. Her primary focus is African American masculinities as well as Black women and identity. Specifically, her work examines the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, culture and sexual identity in relation to performances of gender. She highlights how these social locations are read, experienced, and negotiated in diverse ways based on one's lived experiences. Her work is being published in the following forthcoming edited volumes:

Chandler, K. J. (2011). Searching for the 'NewBlackWoman': One Single, African American Professor's Experience with the Strong Black Woman Myth. In Gilchrist, E. (Ed.) With This Ph.D., I thee Wed: Experiences of Single African-American Women Professors. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Chandler, K. J. (2011). How To Become A 'BlackMan': Exploring African American Masculinities and the Performance of Gender. In Jackson, R. and Hopson, M. (Eds.) Masculinity in the Black Imagination

Chandler, K. J. (forthcoming). Knight in Shining Blackness: Exploring the Performance of Black Masculinity in Tyler Perry Films. In Bell, J. and Jackson, R. (Eds.) The Tyler Perry Reader.