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Dustin Goltz

  • Vincent de Paul Professor of Communication
  • ​​​​PhD​ 

  • ​Communication and Media, ​Communication Studies, ​​Performance Studies ​and Rhetoric 

  • (312) 362-7754

Degrees: Ph.D. from Arizona State University from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication and an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Areas of interest and specialization: Dustin Goltz teaches courses in performance studies, intercultural communication, and media representation, with a specific focus on gender and sexuality, whiteness, humor, queer theory, and cultural studies.​

His research examines and explores issues of queer temporalities and futurity, queer popular culture, the performance of personal narrative, the rhetoric of gay male aging, and performative research methods. Goltz’s research has been published over two dozen book chapters and scholarly articles, including in journals including Text & Performance Quarterly; Journal of Homosexuality; Journal of Lesbian Studies; Journal of International and Intercultural Communication; Western Journal of Communication; Critical Studies in Media Communication; Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies; and Qualitative Inquiry.

As an artist and a performer, Goltz produces solo and collaborative multimedia work. His most recent work, Fred Astaire’s Dancing Lessons is a 70 minute, one-person, multimedia, performative examination of shifting perceptions of queer male mentorship across the last 40 years. Additional recent performance projects include Unspeakable: A Gay Future Project (2011), Blasphemies on Forever: Remembering Queer Futures (2009-10), and In-Appropriation: Race, Queerness, and The Politics of Intimacy (2010-11). Past projects also include Lines in the Sand, Banging the Bishop: Latter Day Prophecy, Undressing Academia, X-Communication, and I Can’t (Death) Drive 55.



Book Chapters 

  • ​​“What borders do: Whiteness, loss and the consumption of otherness across Lines in the Sand.” (co-written with K. Perez) In Border rhetorics: Citizenship and identity on the US-Mexico frontier (Ed. D. Robert DeChaine) (University of Alabama Press, 2012)

Journal Articles 

  • “Amy Schumer’s Big (White) Balls”, Text & Performance Quarterly (2015)
  • “We’re not in OZ anymore: Shifting perspectives of gay community, identity, and generativity.” Journal of Homosexuality (2014)
  • “Sensible” suicides, brutal selfishness, and John Hughes’s queer bonds.” Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies (2013)
  • “It Gets Better: Queer futures, critical frustrations, and radical potentials.” Critical Studies in Media Communication (2013)
  • “The Critical-Norm: The performativity of critique and the potentials of performance.” Text & Performance Quarterly (2013)
  • "(Love)sick aliens in the wasteland: Queer temporal camp in Araki’s Teen Apocalyptic Trilogy." Critical Studies in "Frustrating the 'I': Critical dialogic reflexivity with personal voice." Text & Performance Quarterly (2011)
  • "The intersectional workings of Whiteness: A representative anecdote." (with J. Zingsheim), Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies (2011)
  • "It’s Not a Wedding, It’s a gayla: Queer resistance and normative recuperation." (with J. Zingsheim) Text & Performance Quarterly (2010)
  • "Treading across our 'Lines in the Sand': Performing bodies in coalition subjectivity." (with K. Perez) Text & Performance Quarterly (2010)

Published Performances (Online) 

  • Blasphemies on Forever: Remembering Queer Futures. Performance text and digital documentation.
  • Liminalities: A Performance Studies Journal (2012)​


  • Randy Majors Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to LGBTQ Scholarship in Communication Studies (2018)
  • Ellis-Bochner Autoethnography and Personal Narrative Research Award (2013)
  • NCA Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies (2013)