Grace A Giorgio Ph.D.

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Affiliated Faculty of EUI
Course Director of Communication

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Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Sustainability and public policy, gender communication, qualitative research methods, autoethnography

Research Description

  • Dr. Giorgio studies the experimental use of qualitative research methods toinvestigate the intersection of self, culture and the public sphere. Her researchinterests branch into two directions: using writing as a method of inquiry tocreatively and critically explore the cultural expectations and tensions ininterpersonal and family communication contexts. Dr. Giorgio is particularlyinterested in the healing powers of writing in all of its creative andexperimental formations. Living in rural Illinois has brought Dr. Giorgio to also study questions of sustainability in public policy discourse. Her work also exploreswhat James Howard Kunstler (2005) calls the Long Emergency, a time ofcontraction in resources and capital and of climate change. Dr. Giorgio's writingsand public policy course attend to how we will manages these exigencies and thedemands they place upon our culture; she hopes her work will help us imagineand manifest a more sustainable way of life.


  • B.A. UC Berkeley 1986
  • M.A. SFSU 1995
  • Ph.D. UIUC 2001


  • CMN 320: Communication and Controversies in Public Policy
  • CMN/LING/GWS 432: Gender and Language

Office Hours

  • T 3:30-5 and by appointment


Chapter Books

  • Healing Traumas through Qualitative Research. . Chapter Book. 2012.

Short Stories

  • "Gigi's Tipis." Qualitative Inquiry. Sage, 2010.
  • "The Hermit and the Old Goat." Qualitative Inquiry. Sage, 2010.