Dr. Austin McDonald | Hastings College

Dr. Austin McDonald

Instructor of Communication Studies and Associate Director of Forensics
Kiewit Building

Dr. McDonald hails from Alabama. He recently earned a Ph.D. in communication studies with a focus in performance from Louisiana State University. His dissertation investigates exorcism as a subgenre of the horror film. Austin enjoys writing about gender, the horror film, and remix culture.

Recipient of the 2014 Outstanding New Coach Award from American Forensic Association and the 2013 Louisiana Coach of the Year Award, Austin has a record of working with successful forensics programs and coaching competitors to national elimination rounds. He is thrilled to join HC’s outstanding forensics program.

Dr. McDonald has taught basic courses in communication and is excited to expand his pedagogical repertoire. His students describe him as “enthusiastic,” “passionate,” and “personable” and lectures as “enjoyable” and rife with “movie/visual” examples.

In his spare time, Austin watches too many movies and competes in local trivia nights.

Publications from Dr. McDonald include:

McDonald, C. A. (2013). The hero of copyright reform: Exploring non-cochlear impacts of Girl Talk’s plunderphonics. Kaleidoscope, 13(1), 56-72.

Edwards, J. & McDonald, C. A. (2010). Reading Hillary and Sarah: Contradictions of feminism and representation in 2008 campaign political cartoons. American Behavioral Scientist, 54(3), 313-329.