Karen Tracy
Professor Emeritus
Department of Communication • Community & Social Interaction Graduate Faculty • Emeritus Faculty

Office: Hellems 96B

Professor 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 DemocracyA 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.