Travers Scott

Associate Professor of Media & Communication Media and Communication

“Everything I do is about communication,” Scott says. “Advertising, arts, education, technologies, politics, and activism are all ways that human beings strive to connect with one another. The communion and community of communication, and its role in trying to make a better world, are central to my work across varied fields and forms.”

D. Travers Scott is an author and educator interested in the communication of identities, particularly related to gender/sexuality, health, and technology. He has authored five books, (co)edited three, and published over 150 short pieces. A cultural producer and analyst, he began publishing fiction and journalism in 1989, and scholarly writing in 1997.

After earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in writing and performance from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he worked for 13 years in advertising. His clients included AT&T Wireless, Netflix, and Microsoft. This supported his continued creative work as a writer and performance artist, which appeared in This American Life, Harper’s, Best American Gay Fiction, and elsewhere. 

He left full-time advertising to earn a Master of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington (2005) and PhD in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California (2010).

For 13 years he taught in the Communication Department of Clemson University, launching and leading their MA in Communication, Technology, and Society for nine years. While there, he co-created the Out Roar LGBTQ events series, Southern Margins International Short Film Festival, and Lavender Place Living Learning Community, as well as served three years as Faculty in Residence with his husband.

Classes taught at Emory and Henry include Principles of Graphic Design, Persuasive Communication, CORE 100: What Disability Studies Can Do For You, and Career Readiness III. Previous undergraduate and graduate classes have included Advertising and Society, Women’s Leadership Capstone, Critical-Cultural Theory and Research Methods, Health Communication and Culture, Public Communication of Science and Technology, Gender Communication, and Cultures of New Media

Currently, Scott serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Communication. He is author of Pathology and Technology: Killer Apps and Sick Users and Gay Men and Feminist Women in the Fight for Equality, winner of the 2020 LGBT Book Award from the National Communication Association. His scholarly research, reviews, and essays have appeared in Journal of Communication, Feminist Media Studies, American Quarterly, Cultural Studies, Television and New Media, Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Technoculture, Music, Sound and the Moving Image; International Journal of Communication, Journal of Homosexuality, Popular Culture Studies Journal, Review of Communication, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Journal of Space and Communication, Journal of Communication Inquiry, QED: A Journal of LGBTQ Worldmaking, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Annals of the International Communication Association, and Journal of Community Education and Service Learning. He has contributed book sections to Disability Media Studies, The International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy, Stuart Hall Lives: Cultural Studies in an Age of Digital Media, Sound Clash: Listening to American Studies, The Long History of New Media: Technology, Historiography, and Newness in Context, Why are Faggots so Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, Blogs: Emerging Communication Media, Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times, Blogging, Citizenship & the Future of Media

He ands his husband live in Bristol, VA, with a cat and numerous groundhogs.

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P.O. Box 947
Emory, Va. 24327