Kathryn Cady

Associate Professor


Ph.D., University of Iowa


  • critical and cultural studies
  • feminist theory
  • feminist and labor politics
  • contemporary rhetorical theory and criticism


  • Cady, K. A. (2020). “Woman as Sign,” class, and the 1972-1982 Equal Rights Amendment controversy. The Northwest Journal of Communication, 48, 61-96.
  • Woodyard, K., & Cady, K. A. (2019). All the working woman’s friends: Protective labor legislation and the early ERA controversy. Women and Language, 42, 23-42. DOI: 10.34036/WL.2019.003
  • Cady, K. A. & Oates, T. P. (2016). Family splatters: Rescuing heteronormativity from the zombie apocalypse. Women’s Studies in Communication, 38, 308-325. DOI: 10.1080/07491409.2016.1194935
  • Ho, E. Y., Cady, K. A., & Robles, J. (2016). A case study of the neti pot’s rise, Americanization, and rupture as integrative medicine in US media discourse. Health Communication, 31, 1181-1192. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2015.1047145
  • Cady, K. A. (2013). Flexible labor: A feminist response to late twentieth century capitalism? Feminist Media Studies, 13, 395-414. DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2012.678876
  • Cady, K. A. (2012). “Ann and Myself”: Rhetoric, silence, and sexualities at Lowell. Southern Communication Journal, 71, 24-44. DOI: 10.1080/1041794x.2011.577266
  • Cady, K. A., Brookey, R. A., & Powers, R. M. (2011). Seeing Dixie: Exposing patriarchy in an Internet meme. Women and Language (Alternative Scholarship). Retrieve from https://seeingdixie.wordpress.com
  • Cady, K. A. (2009). Labor and women’s liberation: Popular readings of The Feminine Mystique. Women’s Studies in Communication, 32, 348-379. DOI: 10.1080/07491409.2009.10162394
  • Cady, K. A. (2006). From drill sergeants to maternal negotiators: Mass-mediated business strategies in the 1980s. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 23, 57-76. DOI: 10.1080/07393180600570824

Kate Cady

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Mehdi Semati, Ph.D.
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