David Powers Corwin

David Powers Corwin

David Powers Corwin

Associate Director


LGBTQ Studies, feminist and queer theory, television studies, friendship studies and rhetoric, critical trauma studies and rhetoric, ecofeminism/ Appalachia

David holds a joint faculty appointment in the School of Integrative Studies and Women and Gender Studies where they teach courses that focus on feminist and queer theory, gender representation in popular culture, friendship studies, and ecofeminism. They also currently serve as associate director for Women and Gender Studies. 

David holds a B.A. in English and Humanities from Milligan College and an MAIS in Women and Gender Studies and an MA in English literature, both from Mason. They are also currently a doctoral candidate in the Writing and Rhetoric Program at Mason, where their dissertation research looks at the rhetoric of trauma and friendships in Post 2010 television. 

They began their role at Mason inn 2013 where they served as the graduate assistant for the Women and Gender Studies Center. In addition to this role, they served in LGBTQ Resources from 2014-2015 as a graduate assistant and in 2016 was hired on full time as the program coordinator for Women and Gender Studies. Beginning in 2019, David was hired on as full time faculty.

Current Research

Their current research focuses on arguing for a rhetoric of trauma through the creation of friendships in television. Currently, they are focusing on representations of trauma in 13 Reasons Why, Private Practice, and The End of the F***ing World and how the spectator is conditioned to identify with the main character's trauma while ignoring and even chastising the trauma of other characters. Furthermore, friendships created during these instances become central not only to the plot, but more importantly to what rhetorics of trauma that TV perpetuates. 


Courses Taught

CHSS 101: Introduction to CHSS-LLC

ENGH 101: Composition

INTS 202: Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills

INTS 347: Gender Representation in Popular Culture

WMST 100: Global Representations of Women 

WMST 200: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies 

WMST 208: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies 

WMST 300: Masculinities in the Media and Literature

WMST 300: Race, Gender, and the Late Twentieth Century

WMST 300: Gender, Sexuality, and Friendships

WMST 318: Race, Gender, Sexuality, and the Environment 

WMST 330: Feminist Theories of Gender, Sexuality, and Race

WMST 375: Gender, Race, Sexuality, and TV

WMST 402: Queer Theory 




B.A. Milligan College

M.A. George Mason University 

MAIS George Mason University 

Doctoral candidate in Writing and Rhetoric, George Mason University 

Recent Presentations

2019 College Composition and Communication, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania “Can TV be a Form of Social Justice?: Integrating Television into the Writing Classroom  

2019 Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Conference, Albuquerque New Mexico “Who Owns the Narrative?: Gender, Friendship and Narrative Capital in 13 Reasons Why” 

2018 College Composition and Communication, Kansas City, Missouri "The Feminist (Un) Consciousness of Writing Studies: An Analysis of a Decade of Research Trends in Four Major Writing Studies Journals" Co-presenter with Robyn Russo, Thomas Polk, and Lacey Wooton  

2018 Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Conference, Albuquerque New Mexico "This is Man: The Rhetoric of Silence and Masculinity in This is Us 

2017 Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Conference, Albuquerque New Mexico "The Queerness of Straight Masculinity in Dawson's Creek"  

2016 Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico  Lucy Audley’s Deadly Secrets: Power, Violence, and Masculinity in Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret