(Fall 2014 Cohort)
M.A., Texas Tech University
Specialization: intercultural communication, transgender studies, queer theory
Katy A. Ross received a B.S. in Communication Studies with a minor in Business Administration from East Carolina University in 2012 and a M.A. in Communication Studies from Texas Tech University in 2014. Guided by intercultural communication, queer theory, and feminist theory, Ross focuses her research around the transgender community. Specifically, she analyzes transgender and queer bodies, the spaces they occupy, and the discourse around these bodies and spaces. Ross enjoys expanding her research into many areas of communication including healthcare, interpersonal relationships, and organizational environments, among others.
Ross intends to focus her dissertation on the intersection of trans/queer identities and Appalachian identities among university students attending public universities situated in the Appalachian region as well as the support systems in place for these students. Additionally, she is passionate about the practicality of her research and plans to develop a campaign program, as a part of her dissertation, to support trans/queer individuals within the Appalachian region.
Outside of academia, Ross enjoys expanding her taste for craft beer and preparing new recipes to expand her pallet. She also loves to travel and aims to see all 50 states by the time she is 30; so far, she is half way there. Ross enjoys warm days when she can go hiking and explore all that nature has to offer.