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Jamie Capuzza
Jamie Capuzza

Dr. Jamie Capuzza '85

Professor, Literature and Communication Arts

In my opinion, the most important quality a person needs to be successful in life is to be highly adaptive.


B.A., Communication and English, Mount Union College
M.A., Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, The Ohio State University
Ph.D., Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, The Ohio State University


Alliance, Ohio


Great Teacher Award (2010)

Distingushed Scholarship Award (2019)

Courses Taught: Communication, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Being a College Professor

It was after I graduated from college that I finally realized what I wanted to do with my life: be a college professor. Ironically, the answer I had been searching for so long was literally staring me in the face the last four years. Every time a student I’ve had for class graduates, I consider that a proud professional accomplishment. After 20 years of college teaching, that is a lot to be proud of.

Teaching Abroad

I’ve taught in Spain, Italy, Germany, India, Mexico, Cuba, and China (twice). I’m proud to bring those experiences and new knowledge into the classroom.


I think my students are engaged because I model what it means to be an engaged learner – intellectually curious, passionate and prepared. I also think they are engaged learners because they know I am genuinely interested in them and their success.


I love any and all libraries. I’m such a nerd! But sometimes I’ll stand in the middle of the library and close my eyes for a minute contemplating all the work that went into creating and archiving all that human knowledge over so many years. Libraries are inspiring and humbling places.

Liberal Arts

In my opinion, the most important quality a person needs to be successful in life is to be highly adaptive. Because a broad liberal arts degree prepares you for all of life’s varied experiences, graduates can be ready for anything and everything the future holds.


Capuzza, J. C. (2023) The Fifth Star: Ohio's Fight for Women's Right to Vote. Kent OH:  Kent State University Press.

Spencer, L & Capuzza, J. (Eds.). (2015). Transgender communication studies:  Histories, trends, and trajectories. Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books.


Research Articles

Capuzza, J.C. (2021) and Daily, T. We March On: Voices from the Women's March on WashingtonWomen & Language Journal. 43 (2). 

Capuzza, J. C. & O’Rourke, S. P. (2021) “Rhetoric and Peace Studies,” Engaging the Humanities in Education for Peace. Nicole Johnson (Ed). Charlotte, NC:  Information Age Publishing.

Capuzza, J.C., Spencer, L., Billiard, T. J., Booth, T., Heinz, M., Jones, S. and Miller, L.  (2020). Transing communication education:  A chorus of voices. Queer Communication Pedagogy. Ahmet Atay and Sandy Pensoneau-Conway (Eds.). NY: Routledge.  

Capuzza, J. C. (2020). “‘T’ is for ‘transgender’: An analysis of children’s picture books featuring transgender protagonists and narrators," Journal of Children and Media, 14 (2) 

Capuzza, J. C. (2019).  Transgender lives and U.S. news media.  Gender, Journalism and Power. Cindy Carter, Linda Steiner and Stuart Allan (Eds.). NY: Routledge. 

Capuzza, J. C. (2019). Meta-sexist discourse and affective polarization in the 2016 US presidential campaign. Affect, Emotion, and Rhetorical Persuasion in Mass Communication. Lei Zhang and Carlton Clark (Eds.). NY: Routledge. 

Capuzza, J. C. (2016). Improvements still needed for transgender coverage. Newspaper Research Journal, 37(1), 82-94. doi:10.1177/0739532916634642

Spencer, L. & Capuzza, J. (2016). Centering gender identity and transgender lives in instructional communication research, Communication Education, 65 (1): 113 – 117. doi: 10.1080/03634523.2015.1096949

Capuzza, J. C. & Spencer, L. (2016). Regressing, progressing, or transgressing on the small screen? Transgender characters on U.S. scripted television series. Communication Quarterly. 1 – 17. doi:  10.1080/01463373.2016.1221438