David Powers Corwin

David Powers Corwin

David Powers Corwin

Assistant Professor

LGBTQ Studies; feminist and queer theory; friendship studies and rhetoric, television studies; critical trauma studies and rhetoric; ecofeminism; gender and sexuality in Appalachia; role of gender equity centers in higher education

David holds a joint faculty appointment in the School of Integrative Studies and Women and Gender Studies where they teach courses that focus on feminist and queer theory, gender and sexuality in popular culture, friendship studies, and ecofeminist and queer approaches to Appalachian studies. They also strive to make any course they teach writing intensive and use principles from the field of writing and rhetoric in their assignment design, feedback, and overall pedagogy. They currently serve as undergraduate director for Women and Gender Studies.

David holds a B.A. in English and Humanities from Milligan University, and an MAIS in Women and Gender Studies, an MA in English literature, and a Ph.D. in Writing and Rhetoric--all from Mason. They are currently working on a graduate certificate in Qualitative Research Methods from Mason as well. 

They began their role at Mason in 2013 where they served as the graduate assistant for the Women and Gender Studies Center. In addition to this role, they served in LGBTQ Resources from 2014-2015 as a graduate assistant and in 2016 was hired on full time as the program coordinator for Women and Gender Studies. Beginning in 2019, David was hired on as full time faculty and in 2021 transitioned to a joint appointment with the School of Integrative Studies and Women and Gender Studies. They also served as associate director for Women and Gender Studies from 2019-2022 where they led the effort to develop the minor in LGBTQ Studies, moved WMST 208: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies to the Mason Core, developed a new peer to peer student leadership model, and co-developed with students the Intersectionality 101 training module. 

They were the 2017 winner of the Mary Roper Award a co-recipient of the the  University's Patriot Pathbreakers Award (with the COVID-19 Emergency Fund Team), a 2019 recipient of University Life's Outstanding Service Award and in 2022, an award was named in their honor for their teaching and curriculum efforts in LGBTQ Studies, the Dr. David Powers Corwin Award for Teaching and Scholarship.

 

Current Research

Their current research focuses on the following:

  • the role of gender centers and peer to peer student development models in higher education 
  • friendship and trauma rhetoric in post-2010 television and the #metoo movement
  • masculinity and Christian hegemony in Elizabeth Gaskell's Ruth
  • the rhetoric of demagoguery in the Michael Kimmel sexual harassment allegation and its media coverage 
  • asexuality and friendships in Michael Cunningham's novels 

Selected Publications

Lafrance, Michelle; Caravella, Elizabeth; Polk, Thomas; Wooton, Lacey; Johnson, Sarah; Russo, Robyn; Corwin, David; “Fingerprinting Feminist Empirical  Methodologies: An Analysis of Research Trends in Four Composition Journals between 2007 and  2016,” College Composition and Communication vol 72, no 4, 2021. 

Powers Corwin, David, and Angela Hattery. “Taking It Virtual: A Model for Successful Co-Curricular Student Experiences in Women and Gender Studies During COVID-19.” About Campus, vol. 27, no. 2, May 2022, pp. 13–17

Powers Corwin, David "The Fragility of Christian Hegemonic Masculinity: Elizabeth Gaskill’s Ruth as Radical Critique" Mosaic, an Interdisciplinary Critical Journal (Under Review) 

Powers Corwin, David, Klemmer, Casey and Westermeyer, Victoria, “Peer to Peer Leadership Models in Women and Gender Studies Centers: Bridging Academic and Student Affairs through Student Leadership Opportunities ”-(under-review Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education)

Courses Taught

CHSS 101: Introduction to CHSS-LLC

CHSS 490: Undergraduate Teaching Practicum 

ENGH 101: Composition

INTS 202: Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills

INTS 347: Gender Representation in Popular Culture

WMST 100: Global Representations of Women 

WMST 200: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies 

WMST 208: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies 

WMST 300: Masculinities in the Media and Literature

WMST 300: Race, Gender, and the Late Twentieth Century

WMST 300: Gender, Sexuality, and Friendships

WMST 318: Race, Gender, Sexuality, and the Environment 

WMST 330: Feminist Theories of Gender, Sexuality, and Race

WMST 375/INTS 374: Gender, Race, Sexuality, and TV

WMST 402: Queer Theory 

WMST 412: Race, Class, and LGBTQ Communities 

 

 

Education

B.A. in English and Humanities, Milligan University

M.A. in English, George Mason University 

MAIS in Women and Gender Studies, George Mason University 

Ph.D. in Writing and Rhetoric, George Mason University 

Recent Presentations

 

  • 2022: Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico- “Teaching About Friendships in the Popular Culture Classroom”
  • 2021: National Women’s Studies Association (virtual due to COVID-19)- “Maintenance and Support Take a Village: Women and Gender Studies Program Administration from Multiple Disciplinary Perspectives” Co-presenters: Leah Adams and Wendi Manuel-Scott
  • 2021 Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Conference, (Virtual due to COVID-19)- “Toward a Rhetoric of Trauma and Friendships: A Feminist Rhetorical Analysis of Shonda Rhimes’s Private Practice 
  • 2019 College Composition and Communication, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania “Can TV be a Form of Social Justice?: Integrating Television into the Writing Classroom” 
  • 2019 Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico “Who Owns the Narrative?: Gender, Friendship and Narrative Capital in 13 Reasons Why”
  • 2018 College Composition and Communication, Kansas City, Missouri "The Feminist (Un) Consciousness of Writing Studies: An Analysis of a Decade of Research Trends in Four Major Writing Studies Journals" Co-presenter with Robyn Russo, Thomas Polk, and Lacey Wooton 
  • 2018 Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico "This is Man: The Rhetoric of Silence and Masculinity in This is Us
  • 2017 Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico "The Queerness of Straight Masculinity in Dawson's Creek" 
  • 2016 Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico  Lucy Audley’s Deadly Secrets: Power, Violence, and Masculinity in Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret
  • 2015 Gender, Race, and Transformation Conference, Pacific University, Portland, Oregon Have We Improved Upon Positive Racial Representation in Television? African American and Asian American Representation in Grey’s Anatomy
  • 2015 Southwest Popular/American Culture Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, “Queering Spira: Gender, Power, and Defeat in Final Fantasy X