Dr. Diane M. Blair
California State University, Fresno
Department of Communication
5201 North Maple Ave, Mail Stop SA 46
Fresno, CA 93740-8027
Education: Ph.D., University of Maryland
Interests: Rhetorical Criticism and Theory, American Public Address, Women's Studies
Dr. Blair teaches and researches in the areas of Rhetorical Criticism and Theory, Social Movement Rhetoric, and Feminist Theory and Practice.
She has published several articles and book chapters on women and politics, including the rhetorical performances of U.S. first ladies. Her research has appeared in the scholarly journals of Women’s Studies in Communication and Rhetoric and Public Affairs, and in edited books Political Women: Language and Leadership and Leading Ladies of the White House: Communication Strategies of Notable Twentieth Century First Ladies. She is also a contributor and member of the editorial board for the NEH-sponsored Voices of Democracy: The U.S. Oratory Project.
Dr. Blair has served in several leadership positions related to her academic interests and activism. From 2010-2012 she served as President of the national Organization for Research on Women and Communication. She is also the Immediate Past President of the Fresno Chapter of the California Faculty Association and is currently serving in a statewide officer position for CFA.