Grace A Giorgio

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Personal profile

Grace A. Giorgio holds a B.A. in the Humanities from the University of California, Berkeley (1986), a Masters in Cinema Studies from San Francisco State University (1995) and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2001). Her research, writing and teaching examine communication  practices in interpersonal and public domains with the intention of bridging the personal and the political. She studies the experimental use of qualitative research methods to investigate the intersection of self, culture and the public sphere. Dr. Giorgio’s research interests branch into two directions: using writing as a method of inquiry to creatively and critically explore the cultural expectations and tensions in interpersonal and family communication contexts as well as writing, public speaking and debate as modes of civic engagement.

Research Interests

Sustainability and public policy, gender communication, qualitative research methods, autoethnography

Professional Information

Dr. Giorgio studies the experimental use of qualitative research methods to investigate the intersection of self, culture and the public sphere. Her research interests branch into two directions: using writing as a method of inquiry to creatively and critically explore the cultural expectations and tensions in interpersonal and family communication contexts. Dr. Giorgio is particularly interested in the healing powers of writing in all of its creative and experimental formations. Living in rural Illinois has brought Dr. Giorgio to also  study questions of sustainability in public policy discourse. Her work also explores what James Howard Kunstler (2005) calls the Long Emergency, a time of contraction in resources and capital and of climate change. Dr. Giorgio's writings and public policy course attend to how we will manages these exigencies and the demands they place upon our culture; she hopes her work will help us imagine and manifest a more sustainable way of life.

Education

Ph.D. UIUC 2001
M.A. SFSU 1995
B.A. UC Berkeley 1986

Honors & Awards

Chancellor’s Undergraduate Teaching Award, Spring 2013

Grants

Area Research Seed Grant
Provost’s Faculty Retreat Grant
Provost’s Initiative on Teaching Advancement Grant
Strategic Instructional Innovations Program

Teaching

CMN 111/112: Introduction to Oral and Written Communication
CMN 375: Popular Media and Culture
CMN CHP 220: Communicating Public Policy: Our Cities/ Ourselves
CMN CHP 395/396: Gender Communication
CMN 320: Communication and Controversies in Public Policy
CMN/LING/GWS 432: Gender and Language

Office Address

3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
702 S Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801

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Research Output

Gigi's tipis

Giorgio, G., Sep 17 2010, In : Qualitative Inquiry. 16, 8, p. 616-620 5 p.

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  • The hermit and the old goat

    Giorgio, G., Sep 17 2010, In : Qualitative Inquiry. 16, 8, p. 612-615 4 p.

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  • A Love Letter to Our Past and Future

    Giorgio, G., Jun 1 2018, In : Qualitative Inquiry. 24, 5, p. 355-356 2 p.

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    Family Feuds Are Forever: A Writing Story

    Giorgio, G. A., Feb 1 2017, In : Qualitative Inquiry. 23, 2, p. 130-133 4 p.

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  • Whitewashing the Past: A KKK Display in a Small Rural Midwestern Town

    Giorgio, G. A., Feb 1 2017, In : Qualitative Inquiry. 23, 2, p. 134-136 3 p.

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