Full Time Faculty
Communications and Performing Arts
Phone: (718) 368-5591
Office Location: E-309, E Cluster
Dr. Gordon Alley-Young is a Professor of Speech Communication and the Department Chairperson in the Department of Communications & Performing Arts at Kingsborough Community College – City University of New York (CUNY). He possesses an undergraduate degree in Communication from Cape Breton University (Nova Scotia, Canada), two Masters degrees, one in Communication and one in Women’s Studies, from the University of Maine and a PhD in Communication from Southern Illinois University. His research focuses on intercultural communication and (post)colonialism within popular culture and critical perspectives on education, culture, identity, gender, class and sexuality. His research appears in the edited books Mirror Images: Popular Culture and Education (Peter Lang, 2008) that was translated into Spanish as Cultura Popular y Educación. Imágenes Espejadas (Miño y Dávila, 2011) and the Turkish volume Medya Eleştirileri 2010: Kırılan Kalıplar 1: Kitle İletişimi 've ültürel Dönüşüm(Beta Academic, 2011) that was published in English as Media Critics 2010 Broken Frames 1: Mass Communication and Cultural Transformation (Marin Drinov Academic Publishing House, 2012). His journal articles include Articulating Identity: Refining Postcolonial and Whiteness Perspectives on Race within Communication Studies (Review of Communication, 2008) and Using ‘The Lure of Gang Life’ to Teach Interpersonal and Group Attraction (Communication Teacher, 2009). He is a former book review co-editor forAmerican Communication Journal and has published book reviews in over twenty-five regional, national, and international journals. He is a past president of CLASP: The CUNY League of Active Speech Professors.
MCM 30: Mass Media
SPE 10: Introduction to Communication Studies
SPE 11: Listening and Speaking Skills
SPE 12: Interpersonal Communication
SPE 21: Effective Public Speaking
SPE 25: Small Group Communication
SPE 26: Intercultural Communication
Bachelor of Arts: Cape Breton University, Communication, 1997
Advisor: Dr. Judith Rolls
Master of Arts: University of Maine, Communication, 1999
Advisor: Dr. Kristin Langellier
Master of Arts University of Maine, Women’s Studies Concentration, 2001
Liberal Studies: Advisor: Dr. Kristin Langellier
Doctor of Philosophy: Southern Illinois University, Speech Communication, 2004
Advisor: Dr. Mary Hinchcliff-Pelias
Lab facilitator:Cape Breton University, Communication Department, 1996/97
Graduate instructor:University of Maine, Communication Department, 1997/99
Lecturer:University of Maine, Communication Department, 2000
Graduate instructor:University of Maine, Women’s Studies Department, 2001
Graduate instructor:Southern Illinois University, Speech Communication Department, 2001/04
Assistant professor:Kingsborough/CUNY, Communications Department, 2004/09
Associate professor:Kingsborough/CUNY, Communications Department, 2009/13
Professor:Kingsborough/CUNY, Communications Department, 2013-present
Selected Publications and/or Other Resources
(2005). An individual's experience: A socio-cultural critique of communication apprehension
research. Texas Speech Communication Journal, 30(1), 36-46.
(2006). Celebrate diversity, even if that includes the hopelessly superficial: Lessons on gender, race, class and sexuality in Legally Blonde. NDJST: The North Dakota Journal of Speech & Theatre, 19, 14-25.
(2007). Two weddings and a monsoon: Analyzing the intersections of mass communication and culture using Monsoon Wedding. In Narro & Ferguson (Eds.). Diversity & Mass Communication: Evidence of Impact (pp. 267-284). Southlake, TX: Fountainhead.
(2008). Space and the body in the rhetoric of Frederick Douglass and Virginia Woolf. Florida Journal of Communication, 37(1), 47-56.
(2008). Articulating identity: Refining postcolonial and whiteness perspectives on race within communication studies. Communication Review, 8(3), 307-321.
(2008). Dear Gerald…Using advice letter writing to teach the concept of codependence. Texas Speech Communication Journal, 33(1),78-81.
(2008). "Try to see this movie as an educational movie about life will you": A critical cultural study of race and education in popular film. In Bekerman, Burbules, Giroux, & Silberman-Keller (Eds.). Mirror Images: Popular Culture & Education (pp. 23-38). New York: Peter Lang. Spanish version Cultura popular y educacion. Imágenes espejadas by Miño y Dávila (Argentina).
(2009). Using 'The Lure of Gang Life' to teach interpersonal and group attraction. Communication Teacher, 23(1), 48-51.
(2010). From the outskirts and the back of the class: Representation, eurocentrism and media imperialism in two popular French education films. In Uslu (Ed.). Media Critics 2010. Turkey: Beta Academic/Germany: Peter Lang. Turkish version by Beta Academic (Turkey) and English version by Peter Lang (Germany).
(2011). She has 50,000 coaches: Re-envisioning young women of color as learners in three popular films. In Brunson, Lampl, & Jordan-Jackson (Eds.). Interracial Communication: Contexts, Communities, and Choices (pp. 427- 444). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
(2012). From the outskirts and the back of the class: Representation, eurocentrism and media imperialism in two popular French education films. In C. Bilgili & N.T. Akbulut (Eds.) (2012). Media Critiques 2011: Broken Grounds 1: Mass Communication and Transformation (pp. 239-257). Sofia, Bulgaria: Prof. Marin Drinov Academic Publishing House.
(2013). Bu kimin peçesidir? Sosyal medya yoluyla Müslüman kadın kimliğini sorgulamak, yaratmak 've aymak (pp. 93-120). In C. Bilgili, N.T. Akbulut, Z.K. Uslu & G. S. Ulagay (Eds.) (2013). Medya Eleştirileri 2013: Sosyal Medya 've ğ Toplumu-2: Kültür Kimlik Siyaset. İstanbul, Türkiye: Beslenme Saati.
(2014). Bigger, fatter, gypsier: Gender spectacles and cultural frontlines in My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding. In A.F. Slade, A.J. Narro & B.P. Buchanan (Eds.) Reality television: Oddities of Culture (pp. 123-141). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
(2014/2015). [The] Earl had to die: Teaching popular murder ballads and oral traditions via The Dixie Chicks. JCSTAND: Journal of Communication, Speech and Theatre Association of North Dakota, 27, 45-51.
(2016). Technology Tools for Students with Autism: Innovations that Enhance Independence and Learning [Book review]. Canadian Journal Of Communication, 41(3), 521-523.
(2017). Creating digital videos in an ESL learning community to develop communication skills and content area knowledge. In S.P. Ferris & H. Wilder (Eds.), Unplugging the classroom: Teaching with technologies to promote students' lifelong learning (pp.13-35). Cambridge, MA: Elsevier.
Popular cultural studies
Critical perspectives on identity and education
Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants
Ann Terry Graduation Scholarship Recipient, Cape Breton University, 1997
Atlantic Provinces Graduate Tuition Scholarship (offer declined), University of Maine, 1997
Finalist for Speech Dept. Research and Creative Activity Award, Southern Illinois
Preliminary examinations designated "Pass with Distinction," Southern Illinois University, 2003
Top paper runner-up in the Voices of Diversity interest group at the Eastern Communication Association Annual Convention, 2005
Top faculty paper in the Popular Communication division at the Southern States Communication
Association Annual convention, 2017
(with Shauna Vey and Patricia Sokolski) $10,000 CUNY Faculty Development Grant, 2007-08
Institutional Affiliations / Professional Societies
National Communication Association
Southern States Communication Association
Travel, reading, watching films set in schools or dealing with teachers and/or students,
spending time with friends and family.