Jeffrey Bennett is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies
at the University of Iowa.
Bennett's scholarly interests include rhetorics of citizenship and sexuality, critical
studies of health and medicine, and investigations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender people (LGBT) representations. His first book, "Banning Queer Blood: Rhetorics
of Citizenship, Contagion, and Resistance," was published by the University of Alabama
Press in 2009. Bennett's work has also appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Text and Performance Quarterly, the Journal of Homosexuality and the Southern Communication Journal.
His current research project, tentatively titled "Critical Conditions: Diabetes and
the Management of the Human Body," is a continuation of his work completed on the
relationship between blood symbolism, public policy, and the cultural construction
of citizenship. Critical Conditions investigates the trope of "management" employed
by institutions to regulate and discipline the bodies of people with diabetes. In
2009 Bennett was the recipient of the National Communication Association's (NCA) Karl
R. Wallace Memorial Award. A year later, he was the recipient of NCA’s Rhetorical
and Communication Theory Division’s New Investigator Award.