Nicole Defenbaugh, assistant professor of communication studies

Nicole Defenbaugh, assistant professor of communication studies

Nicole Defenbaugh Nicole Defenbaugh, Ph.D., was recently the luncheon keynote speaker at a patient education symposium in Nashville, Tenn., for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Defenbaugh’s presentation, “Hope, Healing, & Humor,” covered the daily struggles, challenges, and unexpected surprises of living with a chronic, intestinal illness.

In addition, Defenbaugh presented on three panels at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language & Gender in Tampa, Fla., and gave two presentations at the National Communication Association conference in San Francisco, Cal. She recently had an article published in the International Review of Qualitative Research.

Defenbaugh earned a Ph.D. in performance of health, autoethnography, and ethnography of communication from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale before joining BU in 2007. Her research includes multi-methodological inquiries into the construction of illness identity. Her current research projects explore IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) and the influence of gender discourse in chronic illness through a performative lens.

She teaches classes across multiple tracks in the department including Gender, Health Communication, Interviewing, Interpersonal, Intercultural and Public Speaking.

Scholarship 2010

Dirty Tale
Defenbaugh, Ph.D., had her new book, “Dirty Tale: A Narrative Journey of the IBD Body,” released and published by Hampton Press.

The book is about the narrative journey of living with a chronic intestinal illness (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) and the ways illness identity is constructed by different people and institutions: Western medicine, alternative healing, others with IBD, family and friends, and on the public stage (performance).

Scholarship 2009

December — Defenbaugh, Ph.D., attended the National Communication Association Conference in Chicago and received the prestigious Ellis-Bochner Authoethnography & Personal Narrative Research Award for her article in the journal of Qualitative Inquiry, "Under Erasure: The Absent Ill Body in Doctor-Patient Dialogue."

The award recognizes the best published work in autoethnography and personal narrative research. She also received the Rookie Adviser of the Year Award from Lambda Pi Eta for her advisory role in organization at BU and co-presented a paper, "Collaborating Coast to Coast: Art-making from a Distance."

May — Defenbaugh, Ph.D., co-authored a book chapter published in "Mentoring relationships: Creating a future for qualitative inquiry."

May — Defenbaugh, Ph.D., attended the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Conference in Urbana, Ill., and co-presented on a panel about crystallization in qualitative research. Defenbaugh was recently nominated for the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, & Gender Teacher-Mentor award and in July was a national winner for a video contest about ulcerative colitis.

April — Defenbaugh, Ph.D., had three articles accepted for publication: "'Under Erasure': The Absent Ill Body in Doctor-Patient Dialogue" published in Qualitative Inquiry. "A review of: "Charon, R. (2006); Narrative Medicine: Honoring Stories of Illness" published in the Journal of Health Communication; "Housewives, Athletes, and Smiling Menopausal Women: An Analysis of Female Gender Roles in DTC Advertising" published in the Iowa Journal of Communication.

Scholarship 2008

November — Defenbaugh, Ph.D., presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) conference in San Diego, Calif., on a roundtable, "Why are we here? (Dis)Enchantment with and Reframing of the National Conference," presented another workshop on storytelling and feminism, and responded to a panel of ethnographic papers, "Ethnographic Studies of Cultural Play and Performance: Food, Fans, and Jazz."

October — Defenbaugh, Ph.D., presented at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG) conference in Nashville, Tenn., on a roundtable panel, "Narrating Women's Bodies through Time and Across Cultures," a workshop, "Narrative Truths: Storytelling as Feminist, Social, and Political Praxis," and was an invited respondent for a performance, "Game Theory Story."

April — Defenbaugh, Ph.D., performed her show, "It takes guts [colon] spelling (with) dis-ease" at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine as part of their yearly Penn Island Education Program. Her performance critically examined the construction of ill identities in Western medicine with a focus on "hidden" illnesses and intestinal diseases such as Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis. The audience consisted of third year medical students and medical educators.