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Andrew Spieldenner

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric


Degrees

PHD, 2009, Howard Univ; MA, 2005, Univ Calif Los Angeles UCLA; BA, 2000, Univ Calif Berkeley


Bio

Andrew Spieldenner (Ph.D., Howard University, 2009) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Rhetoric at Hofstra University.  He earned his Ph.D. in Communication & Culture from Howard University with an emphasis on health.  He has held positions at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Black AIDS Institute, National Association of People with AIDS, and the Latino Commission on AIDS. Dr. Spieldenner is a long-time HIV advocate with twenty years serving HIV high-risk populations including racial/ethnic minorities, gay men and people living with HIV/AIDS. His research looks at health and culture in three main areas: HIV, the LGBT community, and popular culture.
Dr. Spieldenner has worked in both academic and professional settings to look at cultural and health aspects of gay minority men’s communicative practices. His academic work has appeared in Communication Education, Health Education Research, Californian Journal of Health Promotion, Culture and Sexuality, and Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. His fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. As a researcher, he has been co-Principal Investigator on grants from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Office of Minority Health. He maintains membership in the Eastern Communication Association, National Communication Association, and the US People Living with HIV/AIDS Caucus.

Teaching Interests

Health Communication, Intercultural Communication, Research Methods, Critical/Cultural Approches to Communication

Research Interests

HIV/AIDS, evaluation research, disclosure, cultural/critical studies of socially marginalized groups

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
RHET 007 (CP) PUBLIC SPEAKING Undergraduate
RHET 043 FUND OF ORGANIZATNAL COMMUNCTN Undergraduate
RHET 123 HEALTH COMMUNICATION Undergraduate
RHET 150 INDEPENDENT STUDY/READINGS Undergraduate
RHET 159 RHETORIC OF COMIC BOOKS Undergraduate
RHET 162 (AA) EROTIC BODY: RHET & PERF Undergraduate
RHET 199 DEPARTMENTAL HONORS Undergraduate
RHET 200 INTRODUCTION TO ADVOCACY Graduate
RHET 214 ETHNOGRAPHY & PERFORMANCE Graduate
RHET 232 COMMUNICATION RIGHTS & ETHICS Graduate
RHET 302 NON-THESIS PROJECT Graduate
RHET 303 THESIS Graduate
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