Berkley Conner
Berkley Conner
Assistant Lecturer
Curriculum Vitae

About Berkley Conner

Berkley Conner is a PhD candidate in Communication Studies with a graduate certificate in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa. Her research is at the intersection of rhetorics of health and medicine, reproductive justice, and rhetorical historiography, and her dissertation traces how menstrual discourses shape larger struggles over bodily autonomy and health care and equity. Berkley loves teaching and studying periods, but also playing tennis, volunteering, seeing movies at the theater, and traveling to visit her friends who are scattered across the country.


Ph.D., University of Iowa (in progress)
M.A., Ball State University
B.S., Ball State University

Research Interests

  • Rhetorics of Health and Medicine
  • Rhetorical Historiography
  • Biopolitics and Containment
  • Feminist Studies


COMM 322 Communication and Popular Culture
COMM 375 Advanced Presentation Design and Delivery

Awards and Honors

  • Jane A. Weiss Memorial Dissertation Scholarship, Department of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, University of Iowa, 2023
  • Dissertation Writing Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Iowa, 2021
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Council on Teaching, University of Iowa, 2020
  • Carroll Arnold Fellowship, Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa, 2019


  • Department of Communication Studies Alumni Engagement Committee

Selected Publications

  • “Menstrual Histories, Reproductive Futures.” Women and Language. 46, no. 1 (2023). 257-261
  • “Mapping Redesign: Gynecological Power and Project Yona’s Speculum.” Women’s Studies in Communication 44, no. 4 (2021). 611-631.
  • “Menstrual Trolls: The Collective Rhetoric of Periods for Pence,” in The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies, ed. Chris Bobel, Inga T. Winkler, Breanne Fahs, Katie Ann Hasson, Elizabeth Arveda Kissling, & Tomi-Ann Roberts (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2020), 885-900.

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Fundamentals of Publ 210 811 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Fundamentals of Publ 210 816 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Fundamentals of Publ 210 821 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Comm and Popular Cul 322 820 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE