Aimee Carrillo Rowe (PhD, 2000, University of Washington) joined the Communication Studies faculty as Associate Professor in the Spring of 2012. Since her hire she has taught some of the core courses in the graduate program, including COMS 600 (CORE), 601 (Research Methods), and 697 (Directed Comprehensive Studies), as well as undergraduate courses, especially COMS 440 (Performance and Cultural Studies Methods). Carrillo Rowe serves the broader CSUN campus as co-director of the Civil Discourse and Social Change Initiative and the Department of Communication Studies as Assessment Liaison.
Prior to joining the CSUN faculty, Carrillo Rowe spent ten years teaching in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of Iowa with course offerings in the areas of Feminist Theory, Cultural Studies, and Rhetoric.
Her research focuses on issues of power and social change, especially as they get played out in community and subject formation. Carrillo Rowe’s first book, Power Lines: On the Subject of Feminist Alliances (Duke University Press, 2008), draws on ethnographic interviews with academic feminists to explore how alliances shape the institutionalization of feminism and feminist knowledge production. Recent books include Silence, Feminism, Power: Reflections at the Edges of Sound (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2013), an anthology on the political possibilities of silence, and Answer the Call: Virtual Migration in Indian Call Centers (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), an ethnographic study of how emerging time and space relations reshape the affective and cultural lives of Indian call center workers.
Carrillo Rowe is currently studying queer Xicana performance. Her work on this topic appears in recent publications, “Vendidas y Devueltas: Queer Times and Color Lines in Chicana/o Performance (meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, 2011) and “‘Your Ancestors Come…’: Tracing an Abundant Present in Adelina Anthony’s La Hocicona Series (GLQ, 2013).