Faculty | Anjali Vats
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Culture
- Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (2013)
- LL.M., University of Washington School of Law (2007)
- J.D., Emory University School of Law (2006)
- Professor Vats is currently working on a book project which explores the intersections between intellectual property rhetorics and the formation of racial categories in the United States. Her previous work has examined the relationship between racial performance in high fashion—including contemporary uses of blackface and yellowface—rhetorical agency, and visual rhetorics of containment.
With LeiLani Nishime. “Containment as Neocolonial Visual Rhetoric: Fashion, Yellowface, and Karl Lagerfeld’s ‘Idea of China’” (Forthcoming at Quarterly Journal of Speech)
- “Racechange is the New Black: Racial Accessorizing and Racial Tourism in High Fashion as Constraints on Rhetorical Agency” (Forthcoming at Communication, Culture & Critique )
- Civic Engagement through Policy Debate: Possibilities for Transformation.” In Navigating Opportunity: Policy Debate in the 21st Century, ed. Allan D. Louden, 242-249. New York: International Debate Education Association, 2010.
Selected Honors and Awards
- Exemplary Diversity Scholar Citation, National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan, 2013
- American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship (Declined), 2013
- Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Diversity Dissertation Fellowship, 2012