Daena J. Goldsmith is Professor of Rhetoric & Media Studies at Lewis & Clark College. Her teaching and research focus on how our patterns of communication create identities, relationships, and communities. Her work is published in Journal of Communication, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Social Science & Medicine, Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, and Journal of Applied Communication. Her award-winning book, Communicating Social Support, examines how we communicate support to one another through everyday stresses and life crises. Her scholarship has been recognized with the National Communication Association’s Gerald R. Miller Book Award , Bill Eadie Distinguished Scholarly Article Award, and Franklin H. Knower Article Award.
Professor Goldsmith’s teaching covers a range of topics, including health narratives, the rhetoric of gender, social media, and research methods. In 2017, she was awarded the Lorry Lokey Faculty Excellence Award. She is a member of the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative and has consulted with the Portland Art Museum’s artNOW program.
Her current project, Personal and Political: Blogging Motherhood and Autism makes the case for the individual and cultural significance of the blogs she has followed for nearly a decade. The book is constructed as a series of “posts” that alternate scholarly analysis with stories from mothers of autistic children.