Dina Gavrilos portrait

Dina Gavrilos

Associate Professor
Degree
B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
M.A., University of Kentucky
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Office
OEC 119C
Phone
(651) 962-5204
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5204
Mail
Mail 5011
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Professional experience:

Professor Gavrilos earned a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Iowa; a master of arts in communication from the University of Kentucky; and, a bachelor of arts in communication and English from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Prior to joining academia, Professor Gavrilos worked in public relations agencies in Chicago.  

Scholarship and service:

As a first-generation American, Professor Gavrilos has always been intrigued about questions of identity and what it means to be “American.”  Her critical theory/cultural studies-oriented scholarship analyzes the mediated re-production of social power through intersecting race, ethnic and class identities (among others), particularly those communicated through news discourses. Writing and presenting on this topic since 2000, Professor Gavrilos seeks to bring attention, both inside and outside the classroom, to the sociocultural injustices facing those deemed outside the norms of U.S. culture.  Her courses include: Media, Culture and Society; Communication of Race, Class, Gender; and, Introduction to Communication and Journalism

In addition to presenting research at more than a dozen national and international academic conferences, Professor Gavrilos has published peer-reviewed articles in Journal of Communication Inquiry, Critical Discourse Studies, and Journal of Philosophy and History of Education.  Most recently (2015), her book chapter “American” Children’s Success and Global Competitiveness: The Racial Paradox of Bilingualism as Cultural Capital” was published in the edited volume The Rhetorics of US Immigration: Identity, Community, Otherness by Penn State University Press.  Analyzing the racial discourses surrounding the election of the first U.S. black president, Professor Gavrilos published “White Males Lose Presidency for First Time: Exposing the Power of Whiteness through Obama’s Victory” in the SUNY Press edited volume The Obama Effect: Multidisciplinary Renderings of the 2008 Campaign

Professor Gavrilos has also conducted applied research about representations of Latinos in the news at the national and local levels, research designed to reach journalism professionals and the wider community.  She produced An Analysis of the Portrayal of Latinos in the Nation’s Three Leading News Magazines in 2005 that came out in 2006 in partnership with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and The Media Empowerment Report: An Analysis of Minnesota Newspapers’ Portrayal of Latinos released in 2007 sponsored by the University of Minnesota Department of Chicano/a Studies and the Otto Bremer Foundation.  

At UST:
Professor Gavrilos joined UST in 2006. 

Summer 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses
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Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
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COJO 111 - 07 Intro to COJO-I - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 303
CRN: 42595 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Dina Gavrilos This is the first of a two-course sequence that introduces students to essential skills of the communication and journalism discipline. Students will develop skills to communicate thoughtfully, professionally and ethically with a variety of public audiences. Essential writing and public speaking skills are paired so that students master a writing style and then convert that writing to an oral presentation, or vice versa. Students learn how to appropriately and effectively speak and write to academic, professional and citizen audiences. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this course and COJO 112 before taking any 300- or 400-level COJO courses. -- --

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COJO 328 - 01 Comm of Race, Class & Gender - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 113
CRN: 40663 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Dina Gavrilos This course focuses on theories and research of the historical and contemporary correlation between gender, race, class, and communicative practices, including rhetorical practice and mass communication content. It includes the influence of gender and racial stereotypes on public speech and debate, political campaigns and communication, organizational leadership, news coverage and advertising. Topics include: gendered perceptions of credibility; who is allowed to communicate and who is silenced due to class and racial privilege; and the impact of gender, race and class stereotypes about human nature, expertise, and abilities on individuals and groups that want to participate in public culture and communication. Students analyze and evaluate their own communicative styles in light of course readings and activities. This course fulfills a requirement in American Culture and Difference, Justice and Peace Studies, Women┬┐s Studies, and the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: COJO 211, or 212, or 213 or junior standing

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J-Term 2017 Courses

J-Term 2017 Courses
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