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2007 - Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Communication

  • Research Interests and Background

    Dr. McClish specializes in the intersection of communication and culture. Her published work focuses on play and politics in public spaces and Caribbean culture. Her research on play, art, and public spaces includes the study of cultural geography and aesthetic politics, analysis of embarrassment as a viable activist tactic, and examination of the organization and communication tactics surrounding international playful events. Her research on Caribbean culture specifically analyzed Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. This includes an analysis of the changes of Carnival traditions given trends in globalization and exportation of 'cultural events,' and an ethnography of the everyday play ('liming') that centers the identity and social understanding of Trinbagonians.

  • Teaching

    Dr. McClish teaches courses in Human Communication, including Introduction to Human Communication, Communicati0n Theory, Intercultural Communication, Public Speaking, and Senior Seminar. Future courses include Organizational Communication for Nonprofits. Dr. McClish also teaches in the Peace and Justice Program. She will be teaching Introduction to Peace and Justice in Fall of 2016.

    Dr. McClish is an Assistant Professor who teaches human communication courses in the Communication major. Her research focuses on the intersection of communication and culture, with specific interests in play and politics in public space, and everyday life and carnival culture in the Caribbean.