Justin J Rudnick


Ohio University, Scripps College of Communication, School of Communication Studies
Justin J. Rudnick, M.A.

Doctoral Student • Graduate Teaching Associate • Associate Director of Forensics

Central Classroom 314 • 1 Ohio University • Athens OH 45701-2979

T: 740.593.4836 • F: 740.593.4810 • jr456911@ohio.edu


I completed my BA in Public Communication from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 2010, and my MA in Communication Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2012. My personal research interests lie primarily in Interpersonal Communication and Performance Studies, as well as gender/sexual identity and communication. In particular, I am currently interested in the intersections of all three of those areas, examining the ways in which everyday performances of gender and sexuality function as a means of resistance against dominant cultural expectations.

In addition to the above research interests, I coach the OU Speaking Bobcats. I have worked with competitive collegiate speech programs since 2005 and am very excited to be an assistant coach here at OHIO. Although I have experience coaching all three genres of individual event competition, I am focusing my skills on Poetry Interpretation and Informative Speaking this year. I find that the intensive coaching sessions we use in forensics help students become better thinkers, writers, and speakers, and I enjoy sending folks out into the world having had experience with this activity.

Outside of my academic life, I try to stay involved in the LGBT community on campus. I find it really important and fulfilling to work with students and faculty on campus to help create a safe, accepting, and informed community, so I volunteer at the LGBT Center here at OU as a mentor, speaker, and trainer. It's great work, and the best part is that my passion makes it seem like I'm not working!