Department of Communication
Lisa Keränen is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Communication Department at the University of Colorado Denver, where she studies and teaches rhetorical theory and criticism with an emphasis on the rhetoric of medicine, health care, and bioethics. Lisa’s first book, Scientific Characters, Rhetoric, Politics, and Trust in Breast Cancer Research, received the 2011 Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award for Outstanding Scholarship from the Public Address Division of the National Communication Association. Her essays appear in places such as Academic Medicine, Argumentation & Advocacy, Communication Yearbook, Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Medical Humanities, Quarterly Journal of Speech, and Rhetoric and Public Affairs. She is hard at work on her second book, Envisioning Viral Apocalypse: A Rhetorical History of Biological Weapons from World War II to the War on Terror, which, among other things, tracks changing policy discourses about bioweapons and bioterrorism.