Continuing Lecturer

Andrea JonahsPhD, Communication Studies, University of Calgary
MFA, Nonfiction Writing, University of Iowa

BS, Clinical Lab Science, Andrews University

Extension: 4
Office: HH 144


I began my professional career analyzing body fluids, on the midnight shift, in the lonely quarters of a hospital lab in South Bend, Indiana.  Realizing my mistake, I looked for deliverance in my first love: writing.  I completed a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Writing at the University of Iowa.  One of the themes I had explored in my thesis--a collection of personal essays--had to do with the politics of interracial relationships in my South Asian immigrant family.  Years later, this topic became the seed for my doctoral research at the University of Calgary.  My dissertation examined the language resources through which racial ideology is constituted in online discourses about interracial relationships.

At the University of Waterloo, I teach undergraduates in STEM fields how to become better writers.

Selected publications

Jonahs, A. (2021). "Colorblind and Color bound: Everyday Neoliberalism in the Discourses on Romantic Interracial Relationships." Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 1-18.

Jonahs, A. (2011). "Infrastructural Strangeness in Virtual Spaces." Graduate Journal of Social Science. 8(3)

Jonahs, A. (2010). "Missing Persons." Cold Mountain Review. 38(2) (literary)

Jonahs, A. (2008). "Pronounced ‘ch’ with an ‘eye’ at the end." Gastronomica. 8(1) (literary)

Jonahs, A. (2006). "Waking Us All." Marginalia. 32-35. 2(3) (literary)

Current Research

Currently, I'm working on articles and a book proposal related to my doctoral research.

Research Areas

  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Critical race theory
  • Race and new media
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