My research interests are in the areas of media studies, gender studies, identity construction and management online, communication pedagogy and communication history. I have published in Communication Teacher, the Florida Communication Journal, Kentucky Communication Journal, In Media Res, the 2011 book Teaching, Learning and the Net Generation and the forthcoming book Family Communication in a Digital Age. I regularly present at and am an active member of local, state, regional and national professional communication organizations including the National Communication Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Southern States Communication Association and the Georgia Communication Association. Recently, I was invited to share my research on the TVA's family relocation at the National Archives Symposium "Valley of the Dams."
Works In Progress
The Greater Good: Local Newspapers and TVA Family Relocation in North Alabama, 1934-1939.
Dr. Susan Brinson, Auburn University, and I are co-authoring a book on how newspapers covered the family removal procedures of the Tennessee Valley Authority's Wheeler and Guntersville Dam projects.
Performance of Gender Identity on Wedding Websites
My dissertation explored the performative issues surrounding how women present a changing identity online in self-created wedding websites.
Online Pedagogy for Communication Research Methods Courses
Together with Drs. Rosalie Aldrich and Nicole Blau, I am investigating best practices for teaching communication research methods online.
Select List of Publications
Daws, L. B. (forthcoming). Creating couples’ identities: Telling and distorting via “wedsite” relationship narratives. Book chapter accepted for inclusion in C. Bruess (Ed.), Family communication in a digital age, Peter Lang Publishers.
Anderson, K. J., Daws, L. B., Harr-Lagin, K. & York, M. (2013). COMM2400 Public Speaking. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press.
Gleason, J. P. & Daws, L. B. (November, 2011). Interactivity and its effect on student learning outcomes. In Ferris, S. P. (Ed.), Teaching, learning and the net generation: Concepts and tools for reaching digital learners. IGI Global: Hershey, PA.
Daws, L. B. (2011). Stupid is as stupid does: Suggestions for preventing ATV injuries and accidents in online message boards. Kentucky Communication Journal, 28(1).
Daws, L. B. (2011). Wedding porn: The fetishization of weddings through pictures. In Media Res publication (online journal).
Daws, L. B. (2010). Media monopoly: Understanding vertical and horizontal integration. Communication Teacher, 23(4), 148-152.
Daws, L.B. & Dobransky, N. (2010). Change the channel! Choosing the right channel for the right message. In L.A., Janusik, R.M. Berko, & L. Graham (Eds.), Instructor’s Resource Manual for Communicating: A Social, Career and Cultural Focus (11th ed.) (p. 76). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Daws, L. B. (2007). The College Dropout: A narrative critique of the music of Kanye West. Florida Communication Journal, 36, 90-99.
Select List of Presentations
Daws, L. B. (2015, April). If they found out we lived together, they wouldn’t pay for the wedding: Lies and truths about identity on wedding websites. Paper presented at the Southern States Communication Association conference, Tampa, FL. TOP FACULTY PAPER
Daws, L. B. (2014, September). Where Wild River went wrong: True stories of TVA family removal in Wheeler & Guntersville Dams. Presentation for “The Valley of the Dams: The Impact and Legacy of the Tennessee Valley Authority” National Archives Symposium, Atlanta, GA.
Daws, L. B. (2014, February). Justifications for lying in wedsite relationship narratives. Paper presented at the Georgia Communication Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Daws, L. B. (2013, November). Social construction of identity on wedding websites. Paper presented at the National Communication Association 2013 conference, Washington, D.C.
Daws, L. B. (2012). Performance of Gender Identity on Wedsites. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Chicago, IL.
Gleason, J. & Daws, L. B. (2011, May). Instructor perceptions of online office hours: Helping or hurting? Paper presented at the Kentucky Conference on Converging Trends in Teaching and Learning, Erlanger, KY.
Daws, L. B. (2011, January). Headlines and Heartaches: Depression-Era North Alabama Newspapers’ Coverage of the TVA. Paper presented at the Becoming Alabama Conference, Auburn, AL.
Daws, L. B. (2010, November). Act like a bride: Performance of traditional gender roles in weddings. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, San Francisco, CA.
Daws, L. B. (2010, April). Guidelines for the use of blogs in the communication classroom. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern States Communication Association, Instructional Division, Memphis, TN.
Daws, L. B. (2009, November). It’s just one day: Engaged women’s sense-making of media messages about weddings. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.
Daws, L. B. & Tigas, C. (2009, August). Constructing gender online: A content analysis of Myspace.com profile pictures. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Boston, MA.
Daws, L. B. (2008, April). “Best dishes, y’all”: Food Network’s Paula’s Home Cooking and the ideology of the south in media. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern States Communication Association, American Studies Division, Savannah, GA.
Daws, L. B. (2008, April). Stupid is as stupid does: A thematic analysis of online message board postings about all-terrain vehicle related injuries and deaths. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern States Communication Association, Applied Research Division, Savannah, GA.
Daws, L. B. (2007, September). More than just dinner: Creation of community and construction of gender at Fabulous Feasts. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Communication Association, Carrollton, KY. Top Graduate Student Paper Award
Daws, L. B. (2006, November). How the SGA stole Christmas: A local perspective on the war on Christmas. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, San Antonio, TX.
Daws, L. B. (2005, November). Making do or doing without? Media messages about working women in 1930. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Boston, MA.