Prof Edgar

Amanda Nell Edgar


Art & Communication Bldg 231
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Dr. Edgar joined the faculty in 2015. Her research focuses on the intersection of media studies and contemporary rhetoric, with a focus on music, sound, and identity. She specializes in issues of race, racism, whiteness, and anti-Blackness as they intersect with other identities, particularly gender and class. Methodologically, Dr. Edgar works with traditional rhetorical/textual approaches, cultural studies approaches to reception and fan studies, and innovative digital approaches to interrogating vocal sound. Dr. Edgar is interested in mentoring MA- and PhD-level graduate students whose interests lie in critical identity studies and popular culture, and she has also worked occasionally with undergraduates in their early research endeavors.

Recently, Dr. Edgar was awarded the Janice Hocker Rushing Early Career Research award from the Southern States Communication Association, and she has two new books available with Lexington Books and the Ohio State University Press.


Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2015
M.A., University of Arkansas, 2011
M.S., Fort Hays State University, 2008
B.A., Friends University, 2004



Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Memphis, 2015-present

Honors and Awards

Janice Hocker Rushing Early Career Research Award, Southern States Communication Association, 2018
Top Paper, National Communication Association, Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, 2015
Top Paper, National Communication Association, Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, 2014
Top Paper, ERIC (Ethnicity & Race in Communication) Division, International Communication Association, 2014
Top Paper, Communication Theory Interest Group, Central States Communication Association, 2013

Research and Scholarly Activities

Research Interests

Popular Music and Sound
Race and American Culture
Women's and Gender Studies

Selected Publications


Edgar, A. N. (2019). Culturally speaking: The rhetoric of voice and identity in a mediated culture. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press.

Edgar, A. N. & Johnson, A. E. (2018). The struggle over Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 

Refereed Journal Articles

Edgar, A. N. & Holladay, H. W. (2019). "Everybody's hard times are different": Country as a political investment in white masculine precarity. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies. doi: 10.1080/14791420.2019.1638952

Edgar, A. N. & Rudrow, K. J. (2018). "I think of him as an ancestor": Tupac fans and the intimacy of pop cultural heritage. Communication, Culture & Critique. doi: 10.1093/ccc/tcy032
*Co-Authored with UofM Doctoral Student

Edgar, A. N. (2017). The rhetoric of auscultation: Corporeal sounds, mediated bodies, and abortion rights. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 103(4), 350-371. doi: 10.1080/00335630.2017.1360510

Edgar, A. N. & Toone, A. (2017). "She invited other people to that space": Social justice and place in Beyoncé's Lemonade fan communities. Feminist Media Studies, 19(1). doi: 10.1080/14680777.2017.1377276
* Co-Authored with UofM Undergraduate Student

Toone, A., Edgar, A. N., & Ford, K. (2017). "She made angry Black woman something that people would want to be": Lemonade and Black women as audiences and subjects. Participations, 14(2), 203-225.
* Co-Authored with UofM Undergraduate and Master's Student

Edgar, A. N. (2016). Commenting straight from the underground: NWA, police brutality, and YouTube as a space for neoliberal resistance. Southern Communication Journal, 81(4), 223-236. doi: 10.1080/1041794X.2016.1200123

Corrigan, L. M. & Edgar, A. N. (2015). "Not just the levees broke": Jazz vernacular and the rhetoric of the dispossessed in Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 12(1), 83-101. doi: 10.1080/14791420.2014.995685

Edgar, A. N. (2014). Blackvoice and Adele's racialized musical performance: Blackness, Whiteness and discursive authenticity. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 31(3), 167-181. doi: 10.1080/15295036.2013.863427

Edgar, A. N. (2014). R&B Rhetoric and Victim-Blaming Discourses: Exploring the Popular Press's Revision of Rihanna's Contextual Agency. Women's Studies in Communication, 37(2), 138-158. doi: 10.1080/07491409.2014.909374

Book Chapters

Edgar, A. N. (forthcoming). Listening to music in cars while Black: Popular music, automobility, and the murder of Jordan Davis. In M. Duffett & B. Peter (Eds.), Popular music and automobiles. London: Bloomsbury.

Click, M. A., Holladay, H. W., & Edgar, A. N. (forthcoming). NFL broadcasts: Interpretive communities. In E. Thompson & J. Mittell (Eds.), How to watch television (second edition). New York: New York University Press.