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Dustin Goltz

​​​Degrees: PhD from Arizona State University from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication and a MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Areas of interest and specialization: Dustin Goltz teaches courses in performance of literature, performance for social change, and the rhetoric of popular culture, with additional interests in gender and communication, rhetorical methods, queer theory, critical theory, and cultural studies.

Publications and research: He is the author of Queer Temporalities in Gay Male Representation: Tragedy, Normativity, and Futurity published by Routledge in 2010, and the co-editor of Communicating Identity: Critical Approaches published by Cognella.

His research examines and explores issues of queer temporalities and futurity, queer popular culture, the performance of personal narrative, the rhetoric of gay male aging, and performative research methods. Goltz’s research has been published in Text & Performance Quarterly, Genders, Liminalities, Western Journal of Communication, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies and Qualitative Inquiry.

As an artist and a performer, Goltz produces solo and collaborative multimedia work. Recent projects include Unspeakable: A Gay Future Project, "Blasphemies on Forever: Remembering Queer Futures" and "In-Appropriation: Race, Queerness, and The Politics of Intimacy." Other projects include "Lines in the Sand", "I Can’t (Death) Drive 55," "Undressing Academia," and "X-Communication." Projects include "Lines in the Sand", "I Can’t (Death) Drive 55," "Undressing Academia," and "X-Communication."

Select Publications


Queer Praxis: Questions of LGBTQ Worldmaking (Ed. w. Jason Zingsheim)(Peter Lang, 2015)
Communicating identity: Critical approaches. (Ed. w. J. Zingsheim) (Cognella Publishing, 2011)
Our legacies: Writings from Chicago’s older gay men. (Ed.) (iUniverse, Inc., 2011)
Queer Temporalities in Gay Male Representation: Tragedy, Normativity, and Futurity​. (Routledge, 2010)

Book Chapters

“What borders do: Whiteness, loss and the consumption of otherness across Lines in the Sand.” (co-written with K. Perez) In Border rhetorics: Citizenship and identity on the US-Mexico frontier (Ed. D. Robert DeChaine) (University of Alabama Press, 2012)

Journal Articles

  • “Amy Schumer’s Big (White) Balls”, Text & Performance Quarterly (2015)
  • “We’re not in OZ anymore: Shifting perspectives of gay community, identity, and generativity.” Journal of Homosexuality (2014)
  • “Sensible” suicides, brutal selfishness, and John Hughes’s queer bonds.” Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies (2013)
  • “It Gets Better: Queer futures, critical frustrations, and radical potentials.” Critical Studies in Media Communication (2013)
  • “The Critical-Norm: The performativity of critique and the potentials of performance.” Text & Performance Quarterly (2013)
  • "(Love)sick aliens in the wasteland: Queer temporal camp in Araki’s Teen Apocalyptic Trilogy." Critical Studies in
    "Frustrating the 'I': Critical dialogic reflexivity with personal voice." Text & Performance Quarterly (2011)
  • "The intersectional workings of Whiteness: A representative anecdote."  (with J. Zingsheim), Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies (2011)
  • "It’s Not a Wedding, It’s a gayla: Queer resistance and normative recuperation." (with J. Zingsheim) Text & Performance Quarterly (2010)
  • "Treading across our 'Lines in the Sand': Performing bodies in coalition subjectivity." (with K. Perez) Text & Performance Quarterly (2010)

Published Performances (Online)

Blasphemies on forever: Remembering queer futures. Performance text and digital documentation. Liminalities: A Performance Studies Journal (2012)


Ellis-Bochner Autoethnography and Personal Narrative Research Award (2013)
NCA Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies (2013)


"Signed By the Author: Queer Praxis" (DePaul University Newsline)
"Evolving Gay Cultures"​ (WAMC Northeast Public Radio)