Daena J. Goldsmith

Professor of Rhetoric & Media Studies

JRH 370, MSC: 35
Office Hours:

Wed 12:45 - 1:45pm in JRHH 370

Professor Goldsmith’s teaching and research focuses on how we enact identities and relationships through what we say and how we say it. She studie

Academic Credentials

BS Lewis & Clark College; MA., PhD University of Washington    


  • RHMS 260 Empirical Research Methods
  • RHMS 270 Interpersonal Media
  • RHMS 303 Discourse Analysis
  • RHMS 320 Health Narratives
  • RHMS 332 Rhetoric of Gender in Relationships
  • RHMS 431 Feminist Discourse Analysis
  • HEAL 345 Narrative Medicine Practicum


Professor Goldsmith’s research has examined how couples and families communicate as they support one another and make sense of illness or disability. For example: How can you encourage a partner who has cardiac disease to exercise or eat a healthful diet without sounding like a nag? How do couples talk about fears related to cancer recurrence? Under what conditions is social support from friends and family helpful in coping with illness? Her current project, Polyphonic Resistance: Blogging Motherhood and Autism examines the individual and cultural significance of blogs by mothers of autistic children. Additional information is available at daenagoldsmith.com.

Professional Experience

Professor Goldsmith is currently serving as Associate Dean for Faculty Development. She is also a member of the board for the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that provides training and support for the practice of narrative medicine. Professor Goldsmith’s C.V. is available at daenagoldsmith.com.