Berkley Conner

Containing Menstruation, "Protecting" the Nation

Berkley is a PhD candidate in Communication Studies with a graduate certificate in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies. Her work is at the intersection of rhetorics of health and medicine, reproductive justice, and rhetorical historiography. She researches how medical professionals, policy makers, and activists talk and write about menstruation across time, and traces how these menstrual histories shape larger struggles over bodily autonomy and health care and equity. Berkley values public facing scholarship and opportunities to learn with and from her communities. She especially loves teaching in the classroom, where students can practice writing and speaking as modes of critical, civic engagement. She looks forward to finding an institutional home that emboldens both her commitment to community and her drive to texture the health and medical field with some good, old-fashioned humanities principles. Berkley enjoys studying periods, but also exploring hiking trails, volunteering, seeing movies at the theater, and traveling to visit her friends who are scattered across the country.

Berkley Conner
Communication Studies