Faculty

Karyl Kicenski

Lecturer

Contact Information

Email    KKICENSKI@COMMSTDS.UCLA.EDU
Office  2317 Rolfe Hall
Phone  310-825-5736
While my early degrees were in the field of Communication Studies, my doctorate degree is in Cultural Studies. Thus, I aim to uncover the links between the expression of ideas and the structures of social power and privilege. My central research questions tend to ask how meanings are created through cultural frameworks and how these meanings either advance or limit human emancipation and dignity. While research is important to this aim, I am also extremely committed to the classroom and the collaboration of teaching and learning.

My research interests fall into two major areas. First, I am concerned to understand the ways that communication—and meaning making more generally—construct ideological appeals to power and agency in contemporary society.  My current book uses rhetorical analysis and critical theory to study the socio-political phenomenon of private prisons in the state of California—a state which houses one of the largest prison populations on Earth (Cashing in on Crime:  The Drive to Privatize California State Prisons, 2013).  I make the claim that the drive to privatize prisons is the story of the formation of social relationships—and specifically the communication shaping those relationships—functioning to produce and reproduce economic, political and ideological appeals of popular opinion and media at the very center of the state.  I suggest that the rhetoric and persuasion substantiating the privatization of prisons defines political platforms and candidacy, gives impulse to public policy, promotes particular union interests and builds the very boundaries of race and class in the public mind.  Ultimately, this research poses the question:  “How is the profit motive is enhanced as punishment fails to decrease crime within the state, and how does this fact affect the class of citizens we typically incarcerate in this country?”

My previous research, while focusing upon a number of different content areas, aligns with the broader aims of that above:  to analyze public communication that undergirds social, political and cultural ideologies enabling power and privilege.   A few of those projects have included the commercialization/commodification of the university system in the U.S., the perversity of mediated images surrounding sports star, Allen Iverson, and the media accounts of Los Angeles uprising. 

 

My second area of research focuses upon critical pedagogy and teaching practices that enhance student learning.   I am interested in how both the structure of teaching lessons and “best practices” encourage effective and insightful learning.  I am also concerned to study the ways that teaching and learning foster projects of social justice and democracy.   I have written about and presented my  findings as well as facilitated teaching workshops with a cadre of professionals for the last ten years. This work aims to collaborate with others about how to provide spaces of learning that capitalize upon creativity, self-reflexivity and principled action.

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Degrees

Ph.D., Philosophy, Cultural Studies, George Mason University

M.A., Communication Studies, California State University, Northridge

B.A., Communication Studies, California State University, Northridge

Publications

Cashing in on Crime: The Drive to Privatize State Prisons in California [Forthcoming 2013] Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishing.

Cashing in on Criminality: Private Prisons, Corporate Power & the Color of Crime.  Spirart Justice Journal Spring 2009 Volume 1: 2.

The Discourse of Crime & Terror. Paper: Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, January, 2005.

Fields of Study

Rhetorical Theory & Criticism; Ideological discourses within Public/Popular Culture; Cultural Studies & Critical Theory; the Intersections of Race & Class with Global Capitalism; Critical Pedagogy & Teaching & Learning Styles

Current Courses by Term

2017 Summer Session

Gender and Communication

Previous Courses by Term

2016 Fall Quarter

Rhetoric of Popular Culture

2016 Summer Session

Gender and Communication

2016 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Gender and Communication

2015 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2015 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2015 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Gender and Communication

2014 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2014 Spring Quarter

Gender and Communication

2013 Summer Session

Cultural Factors in Interpersonal Communication

2013 Spring Quarter

Gender and Communication

2012 Summer Session

Cultural Factors in Interpersonal Communication

2012 Spring Quarter

Rhetoric of Popular Culture

2011 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2011 Spring Quarter

Rhetoric of Popular Culture

2010 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2010 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Rhetoric of Popular Culture

2009 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2009 Winter Quarter

Rhetoric of Popular Culture

2008 Winter Quarter

Rhetoric of Popular Culture

2007 Spring Quarter

Variable Topics in Mass Communication

2006 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2005 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2004 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

Previous Courses by Course

COMM ST 143
Rhetoric of Popular Culture

2016 Fall Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 110
Gender and Communication

2016 Summer Session

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

COMM ST 1
Principles of Oral Communication

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2015 Summer Session

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Summer Session

2011 Summer Session

2010 Summer Session

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2006 Summer Session

2005 Summer Session

2004 Summer Session

COMM ST 130
Cultural Factors in Interpersonal Communication

2013 Summer Session

2012 Summer Session

COMM ST 107A
Variable Topics in Mass Communication

2007 Spring Quarter