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Dreama Moon

Dreama G. Moon, Ph.D.  (1998)

Professor of Communication

Phone: (760) 750-4139
Office: SBSB 2124

Dreama Moon holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Communication from Arizona State University, an M.A. in Human Relations and Organizational Development, and a B.A. in Criminal Justice. She teaches a variety of courses in the Department of Communication including Intercultural Communication, COMM 330; The Communication of Whiteness, COMM 454; Gender and Communication, COMM 435; Power, Discourse, and Social Identity, COMM 430; and, Research Methods and Design, COMM 390. Within a critical intercultural/human rights framework, her research focused on the varied communicative processes by which relations of domination are constructed, negotiated, reproduced, and resisted with special attention to race and white supremacy.

While Dr. Moon has served her professional organizations and campus in variety of capacities, she is most passionate about her work around issues of equity and justice. From starting the first battered women’s group for incarcerated women in the country to becoming a National Partner in Communicating Common Ground, an anti-hate, service-learning initiative of the National Communication Association to developing the Annual Whiteness Forum and the Words Matter campaign to co-leading workshops on teaching about whiteness, she is deeply committed to issues of social justice. Currently, she serves as Faculty Director for Inclusive Excellence for the campus.

Her scholarship has been published in many academic venues including:


Moon, D. G. & Holling, M. A. (Eds.). (2016). Race(ing) Intercultural Communication: Racial Logics in a Colorblind Era. Routledge: NY

Fletcher, B. R., Shaver, L. D., & Moon, D. G. (Eds.) (1993). Women Offenders: A Forgotten Population. Hartford, CT: Praeger. Journal Articles


Moon, D. G. (2016). “Be/coming” white and the myth of white ignorance:  Identity projects in white communities. Western Journal of Communication, 80(3), 282-303.

Holling, M. A., Moon, D. G., & Jackson Nevis, A. (2014). Racist violations and racializing apologia in a post-racism era. Journal of International & Intercultural Communication, 7(4), 260-286. Lead essay.

Flores, L. A., Moon, D. G., & Nakayama, T. K. (2006). Dynamic rhetorics of race: California's Racial Privacy Initiative and the Shifting Grounds of Racial Politics. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 3(3), 181-201.

Moon, D. G. & Nakayama, T. K. (2005). Strategic social identities and judgments: A murder in Appalachia. Howard Journal of Communication, 16(2), 87-108. 

Moon, D. G. & Flores, L. A. (2001). Antiracism and the abolition of whiteness: Rhetorical strategies of domination among "race traitors." Communication Studies, 51, 97-115. Lead essay.

Moon, D. G. (1996). Concepts of culture: Implications for Intercultural communication research. Communication Quarterly, 44, 70-84.

Book Chapters

Moon, D. G. (2010). Critical reflections on culture and critical Intercultural Communication. Blackwell Handbook of Critical Intercultural Communication (pp. 34-52). Boston, MA: Blackwell.

Moon, D. G. & Hurst, A. (2007). "Reasonable Racism": The "New" White Supremacy and Hurricane Katrina. In K. A. Bates & R. Swan (Eds.), Through the eye of Katrina: Social justice in the United States (pp. 125-146). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

Moon, D. G. (2002). Thinking about "culture" in intercultural communication. In J. N. Martin, T. K., Nakayama, & L. A. Flores (Eds.), Readings in intercultural communication: Experiences and contexts (2nd ed.) (pp. 13-20). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

Moon, D. G. (1999). White enculturation and bourgeois ideology: The discursive production of "good (white) girls." In T. K. Nakayama & J. N. Martin (Eds.), Whiteness: The social communication of identity (pp.177-197). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Moon, D. G. (1998). Performed identities: Passing as an inter/cultural discourse. In J.N. Martin, T. K., Nakayama, & L. A. Flores (Eds.), Readings in cultural contexts (pp. 322-330). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.

Moon, D. G. & Rolison, G. L. (1998). The communication of classism. In M. L. Hecht (Ed.), Communicating prejudice (pp.122-135). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.