Office Hours: Emeritus Faculty
Professor Emerita Karen Tracy is a discourse analyst who studies problems in justice-, education-, and governance-linked institutions. Through close study of a communication practice she seeks to build a picture of participants' problems and dilemmas, the conversational strategies they use, and their ideals of good conduct.
Tracy is the author of Challenges of Ordinary Democracy: A Case Study in Deliberation and Dissent and Everyday Talk: Building and Reflecting Identities, a text which is used in a sophomore COMM course focused on discourse, culture, and identities. She is currently working on a book, Identity-Work in Appellate Courts and Legislative Hearings: The Transformation of Gay Identity.
She has been elected a Distinguished Scholar in the National Communication Association and a Fellow in the International Communication Association.
Tracy holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.