About

Rae Lynn Schwartz-DuPre (PhD, University of Iowa) is the Director of the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program. As well as a Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Communication Studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Her research and teaching centers on post-colonialism, rhetoric, identity, and popular culture in primary US contexts and critically considers the circulation of cultural icons and the ways in which their linguistic and visual representations constitute knowledge.

She is the author of Curious about George: Curious George, Cultural Icons, Colonialism, & U.S. Exceptionalism (Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2021) and Communicating Colonialism: Readings on Postcolonial Theory(s) and Communication (Peter Lang, 2014) and several other journal articles in the Communication and Feminist disciplines.

​Dr. Schwartz-DuPre teaches courses ranging from large lectures to intimate seminars. As a rhetorical scholar she primarily teaches courses in communication theory, rhetoric & social change, visual rhetoric and colonial rhetoric. Her expertise in women, gender & sexuality theory direct her to teach courses in feminist theory, queer & feminist methodologies, and feminist popular culture. 

Rae Lynn's  scholarship and teaching is informed by her commitment to social justice and equity. Her activism is demonstrated by her board role with the Women’s Debate Institute and her leadership on the Social Justice & Equity Committee at Western Washington University.

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Rae Lynn Schwartz-DuPre, Ph.D
Director of the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program
Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Communication Studies


Western Washington University 

283 Communication Faculty
516 High Street 
Bellingham, WA 98229


raelynn.schwartz-dupre@wwu.edu