Rebecca Townsend

Associate Professor of Communication


Hillyer College
860.768.4686 Hillyer Hall 304

PhD in Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst

MA in Speech Communication/Rhetorical Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington

BA in Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Rebecca Townsend is an associate professor of communication. She teaches Intro to Communication, Effective Speech, Persuasion, and Ethnic and Intercultural Communication.

"Communication is one of the major ways humans shape society," says Townsend. "I love teaching students about communication because there is always the hope they will shape it better than the way they found it. Students can gain new abilities, and cultivate their own personal, professional, or civic capacities. They can make positive changes for themselves and our world."

Townsend's research interests include:

  • Rhetoric and culture of communication (locally and nationally in the U.S. and Poland)
  • Deliberation in public engagement, government and public policy (especially transportation)
  • Language and social interaction

Townsend, R. M. “Deval Patrick on the Power of Rhetoric” The Howard Journal of Communications. (in press, 2018).

Mamun, S., Caraballo, F., Ivan, J.N., Ravishanker, N., Townsend, R. M., & Zhang, Y. "Identifying Association Between Pedestrian Safety Interventions and Street Crossing Behavior Considering Demographics and Traffic Context." Journal of Transportation Safety and Security. (in press, 2018).

Townsend, R. M. "Trump's Warsaw Address, or How the West Was Widened," Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric, Vol. 8, No.1/2, 2018, pp. 84-106.

Townsend, R. M. “‘Kick Everything Very Hard and See What Happens:’ Some Polish Perspectives on Brexit, Immigration, the Others, and Ourselves.” W. Jia, Ed.,Iintercultural Communication: Adapting to Emerging Global Realities: A Reader(2nd Edition), pp. 409-22. San Diego, CA: Cognella, 2018.