Meet Cassidy D. Ellis
Visiting Assistant Professor, Communication
Phone: (813) 257-4013
Address: 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33606
2013 University of Alabama, B.A.
2016 University of Alabama, M.A.
Mass Media and Society
Speech for Business
Broadly, Cassidy Ellis specializes in critical intercultural communication and media studies. More specifically, her current projects analyze the intersections of social constructions of identity and abortion rhetoric.
Research projects Ellis has conducted outside of her dissertation work includes qualitative analyses of public policy and Alabama women's opinions of anti-abortion legislation. She has also conceptualized and conducted quantitative studies on public perceptions of abortion issues. As a member of the Department of Communication and Journalism's Digital Media and Communication for Health & Politics Research Group at the University of New Mexico, she lead quantitative studies on health communication, misinformation, and abortion focused both on student and state samples.
In addition to scholastic experience Ellis is a seasoned grassroots activist who has primarily worked on reproductive justice issues focused in the Deep South, West and Southwest. Her academic work and activist projects both inform each other. She is a co-founder of the Yellowhammer Fund (the first state-wide abortion fund in Alabama), a founding member and lead organizer of the West Alabama Clinic Defenders (a patient escort collective), the founder of the University of Alabama's Feminist Caucus (the first feminist activist organization on the campus), and has experience working in communication and digital media strategy within the nonprofit sector. Most recently, Ellis has volunteered with the Tampa Bay Abortion Fund.
Her most recent scholarship will appear or has appeared in The Journal of Autoethnography, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking, Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research, and in the forthcoming edited collections Reconstructing the South: Critical Regionalism and Southern Rhetoric (University of Mississippi Press) and Badass Feminist Politics: Exploring Radical Edges of Feminist Theory, Communication, and Activism (Rutgers University Press).
Donald C. Cushman Memorial Award Nominee, National Communication Association, 2021
Graduate Student Paper Prize, University of New Mexico Feminist Research Institute, 2020
Everett Rogers Graduate Scholar, University of New Mexico Communication and Journalism Department, 2020
Top Student Paper, The Organization for Research on Women and Communication, 2018
Top Student Paper Panel, Performance Studies Division, National Communication Association, 2018