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Carlnita Greene

Carlnita Greene

Visiting Assistant Professor

124 Franklin Building

CV buttonCarlnita P. Greene is a visiting assistant professor in the Media Studies program. Her research broadly operates at the intersections of food, media, popular culture, and persuasion. She analyzes how the multitude of issues surrounding food’s production, preparation, and consumption are represented and discussed within media, popular culture, and our everyday lives.

Previously published on subjects as diverse as identity, style, and nostalgia, she is the author of Gourmands and Gluttons: The Rhetoric of Food Excess (Peter Lang, 2015) and co-editor of Food as Communication/Communication as Food (Peter Lang, 2011).


  • PhD, Communication Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2006
  • Doctoral Portfolio, Amèrcio Paredes Center for Cultural Studies, 2003
  • MA, Communication, The State University of New York College at Brockport, 2001
  • BA, English Literature, University of Virginia, 1998

Areas of Expertise

  • Media criticism
  • Persuasive communication
  • Popular culture
  • Food studies
  • Communication theory
  • Media and identity construction
  • Media and diversity
  • Media and sex

Recent Citations, Publications, and Professional Work

Gourmands and Gluttons: The Rhetoric of Food Excess (Peter Lang, 2015)


Greene studies the persuasive dimensions of media and popular culture, with an emphasis on issues relating to the role of food within a global society. Much of her work has focused on food media, consumption, and the various ways food acts as a form of communication.

Her academic research focuses on the rhetorical dimensions of media and popular culture by exploring not only how these aspects influence individuals, but also how they function within society as discourses that are “sites of struggle” within the public realm. She is particularly interested in the communicative and suasory potential of media and popular culture and how they aid us in creating identities, relationships, and public representations.


  • Social Media and Identity
  • Food as Communication
  • Media and Nostalgia
  • Gender, Media, and Diversity