Linsay M. Cramer

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Linsay M. Cramer, Ph.D.

Graduate Coordinator | Associate Professor - Communication, Media, & Culture

Phone: 843-349-4151 Email: BRTH 305 (Clay D. Brittain, Jr. Hall) Office Hours:

Fall 2024 TBA


Dr. Linsay M. Cramer earned her Ph.D. in 2017 from the School of Media & Communication at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Dr. Cramer grew up on a third-generation family farm in Unionville, Michigan before earning her B.A. and M.A. from Western Michigan University. Her research is centered in critical intercultural communication and racial and critical rhetorical criticism. Her research examines the discursive constructions of race, whiteness, and postracism, and their intersections with gender in mediated sport and various forms of film, TV, and popular culture. She also studies whiteness and critical pedagogy, advocating for more just instructional practices in higher education. Dr. Cramer teaches courses related to communication and sport, race, rhetoric, media, culture, persuasion, media literacy, and research methods.


  • Ph.D., Media & Communication, Bowling Green State University (2017)
  • M.A., Communication Studies, Western Michigan University (2008)
  • B.A., Organizational Communication & Comparative Religion, Western Michigan University (2006)

Selected Publications

  • Cramer, L. M., Cruz, G. A. (2023) Black monstrosity and the rhetoric of whiteness in Disney’s Zombies trilogy. Critical Studies in Media Communication40(4), 256-269, 10.1080/15295036.2023.2244574 
  • Cramer, L. M., Cruz, G. A., & Donofrio, A. (2023). Perpetual and pleasurable marginality: White masculine victimhood appropriation and black masculine sacrifice in Marvel’s Netflix series The PunisherHoward Journal of Communications34(1), 59-75.  
  • McWan, B., & Cramer, L. M. (2022). Progressive racial representation or strategic whiteness?: Raj and Priya Koothrappali in The Big Bang Theory. Southern Communication Journal, 87(4), 312-323. 
  • Cramer, L. M., & Donofrio, A. (2021). Threatening whiteness: “Angry Russell” and the rhetoricity of race. Rhetoric Society Quarterly51(2), 152-166, doi: 10.1080/02773945.2021.1877802   
  • González, A., Heumann, A., & Cramer, L. M. (2021). Draining the democracy: Donald J. Trump and anti-Immigrant rhetoric. In A. Angel, N. Gómez, and M. L. Butterworth (Eds.). Rhetorics of democracy in the Americas. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press. 
  • Cramer, L. M. (2020). Whiteness and the postracial imaginary in Disney’s ZootopiaHoward Journal of Communications31(3), 264-281, doi: 10.1080/10646175.2019.1666070 
  • Cramer, L. M. (2019). Postracism mythology: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s “heroic” banishment of racism from the NBA. Communication and Sport7(3), 271-291. doi: 
  • Cramer, L. M. (2019). Cam Newton and Russell Westbrook’s symbolic resistance to whiteness in the NFL and NBA. Howard Journal of Communications30(1), 57 75. doi: 10.1080/10646175.2018.1439421 
  • González, A., & Cramer, L. M. (2018). Dialogue and intercultural communication pedagogy. In A. Atay and S. Toyosaki (Eds.),Critical intercultural communication pedagogy, pp. 117-226. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 
  • González, A., & Cramer, L. M.(2016). Building toward inclusion: A response to forum essays. Communication Education,65(1), 125-127. doi:10.1080/03634523.2015.1110606 
  • Cramer, L. M. (2016). The whitening of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’Communication Studies67(4), 474-487. doi: 

Interesting Facts

  • Dr. Cramer lived in Slovakia and Germany for three years with her husband Steve while he played European professional basketball.


  • 2020-2021 Department's Chair Award for Teaching
  • Cramer, L. M. (2021). Emerging Scholar Award. Award granted by the Communication and Sport Division of the National Communication Association at the 107th annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Seattle, WA.
  • Cramer, L. M., & Cruz, G. (2020). Whiteness, masculinity, and amorality in Netfilix’s The Punisher. Top Faculty Paper Award in the Critical and Cultural Studies Division at the 106th annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Indianapolis, IN.  
  • Cramer, L. M. (2020). Making the “strange” familiar and the “familiar” strange: Decentralizing whiteness through Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. Awarded the Top Panel Award in the Intercultural Communication Interest Group. Paper accepted for presentation at the 89th annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Chicago, IL. 
  • Cramer, L. M. (2019). The role of dialogue in intercultural communicationTop Discussion Panel in the Intercultural Communication Interest Group. Discussion panel presented at the 88th annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Omaha, NE. 

Program Affiliations

  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Graduate Studies

Research Interests

  • Rhetorical criticism
  • Critical intercultural communication
  • Race
  • Whiteness studies
  • Postracism
  • Popular media
  • Sport
  • Critical communication pedagogy

Teaching Areas 

  • Sports Communication
  • Communication Research
  • Communication Pedagogy
  • Persuasion
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Media
  • Race
  • Rhetoric
  • Media literacy