Dr. Karen Vasby Anderson is Professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University, where she serves as Director of Graduate Studies and teaches courses in rhetoric, political communication, and gender and communication. She developed the course “Communication and Anti Human Trafficking,” volunteers as a trainer for the U COUNT Campaign to End Human Trafficking, and serves on the board of A Face to Reframe, an anti-trafficking organization in Colorado.
She is coauthor of two scholarly books on gender and leadership. Her research also has been published in scholarly journals such as Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Women’s Studies in Communication, Communication Quarterly, and White House Studies. She is a recipient of the National Communication Association’s James A. Winans and Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, the Outstanding Book Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, the Outstanding Mentor in Master’s Education Award from NCA’s Master’s Education Section, the Michael Pfau Outstanding Article Award in Political Communication from NCA’s Political Communication Division, the Organization for Research on Women and Communication’s Feminist Scholarship Award, and the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women in Politics.