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Dustin Goltz

Areas of interest and specialization: Dustin Goltz teaches courses in performance studies, intercultural communication, and media representation, with specific focus on gender and sexuality, polarization, whiteness, humor, queer theory, and cultural studies.

Book Projects: He is the author of Comic Performativities: Identity, Internet Outage and the Aesthetics of Communication (Routledge, 2017) and Queer Temporalities in Gay Male Representation: Tragedy, Normativity, and Futurity published (Routledge, 2010). He is also the editor Our Legacies: Writings from Chicago's Older Gay Men (iUniverse, 2011), and co-editor of Queer Praxis: Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking (Peter Lang, 2015) and Communicating Identity: Critical Approaches (Cognella, 2011).

Goltz's 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. His research has been published over two dozen book chapters and scholarly articles, including in journals including Text & Performance QuarterlyJournal of HomosexualityJournal of Lesbian StudiesJournal of International and Intercultural CommunicationWestern Journal of CommunicationCritical Studies in Media CommunicationReview of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies; and Qualitative Inquiry.

As an artist and a performer, Goltz produces solo and collaborative multimedia work. His most recent work, Fred Astaire's Dancing Lessons is a 70 minute, one-person, multimedia, performative examination of shifting perceptions of queer male mentorship across the last 40 years. Additional recent performance projects include Unspeakable: A Gay Future Project (2011), Blasphemies on Forever: Remembering Queer Futures (2009-10), and In-Appropriation: Race, Queerness, and The Politics of Intimacy (2010-11). Past projects also include Lines in the SandBanging the Bishop: Latter Day ProphecyUndressing AcademiaX-Communication, and I Can't (Death) Drive 55.

Select Recent Publications


Journal Articles

  • ​Youthist and Queer Temporalities in Lopez's The Inheritance. QED: A Journal for LGBTQ Worldmaking (2021)
  • Queer Generativity: Temporal Collisions of Fred Astaire's Dancing Lessons. Text & Performance Quarterly (2021)
  • The Non Sense: A Performative Examination of 7 Days After the Pulse Nightclub Massacre. Qualitative Inquiry (2017)
  • Narrating sexual identities in Kenya: “Choice," value, and visibility (with J. Zingsheim, T. Mastin, and A. G. Murphy) Journal of Lesbian Studies (2017)
  • Discursive negotiations of Kenyan LGBTI identities: Cautions in cultural humility. (with J. Zingsheim, T. Mastin, and A. G. Murphy) Journal of International and Intercultural Communication (2016)
  • “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)

Published Performances (Online)

Extended Reference Publications

Book Chapters

  • ​“Rhetorics of gay future and queer futurity: Strategies of disruption." Routledge Handbook of Queer Rhetoric (Eds J. Rhodes & J. Alexander) (Routledge, 2022)
  • Queer resistance as daily praxis (with J. Zingsheim). Routledge Handbook of Gender and Communication (Eds M. N. Goins, J. F. McAlister  B. K. Alexander) (Routledge, 2021)
  • “Still looking: Temporality and gay aging in U.S. television." In Serializing age: Age & aging in television series. (Ed. Anita Wohlman and Maricel Oro Piqueras) (Transcript, 2016)
  • On my our way': Gay suicidal logics and queer survival on Glee." In Glee's new directions for social change (Ed. by Brian C. Johnson & Daniel Faill) (Sense Publications, 2015)
  • Overcoming the villainous monster: The beginnings of heroic gay male aging." In Aging heroes: Growing old in popular culture. (Ed. by Norma Jones and Bob Batchelor) (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015)


  • Randy Majors Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to LGBTQ Scholarship in Communication Studies (2018)
  • Ellis-Bochner Autoethnography and Personal Narrative Research Award (2013)
  • NCA Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies (2013)