D. Lynn O’Brien Hallstein
BA Speech Communication, University of Pittsburgh
MA Speech Communication, University of North Carolina
PhD Communication, Ohio State University
Teaching interests: Rhetoric, communication, and gender studies
Research interests: Rhetoric, cultural studies, feminist theory, and contemporary understandings of motherhood and mothering
Bikini-Ready Moms: Celebrity Profiles, Motherhood, and the Body. SUNY Press, 2015. Awarded the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender’s 2016 Outstanding Single-Authored Book of the Year.
Academic Motherhood in a Post-Second Wave Context: Challenges, Strategies, and Possibilities. Eds. D. Lynn O’Brien Hallstein and Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2012.
White Feminism and Contemporary Maternity: Purging Matrophobia. Palgrave Press, March 2010.
Contemplating Maternity in an Era of Choice: Explorations into Discourses of Reproduction. Eds. Sara Hayden and D. Lynn O’Brien Hallstein. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.
Edited special issue of Women’s Studies in Communication on “Mothering Rhetorics.”
“She Gives Birth, She’s Wearing a Bikini: Mobilizing the Post-Pregnant Celebrity Mom Body to Manage the Post-Second Wave Crisis in Femininity.” Women’s Studies in Communication 34.2 (November 2011): 1-27.
“The Intriguing History and Curious Silences of Woman Born: Rereading Rich Rhetorically to Better Understand the Contemporary Context.” National Women’s Studies Journal 22.1 (2010): 18-41.
“Public Choices, Private Control: How Mediated Mom Labels Work Rhetorically to Dismantle the Politics of Choice and White Second Wave Feminist Successes. Contemplating Maternity in an Era of Choice: Explorations into Discourses of Reproduction.” Eds. Sara Hayden and D. Lynn O’Brien Hallstein. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010: 5-26.
“Silences and Choices: The Legacies of White Second Wave Feminism in the New Professoriate.” Women’s Studies in Communication 31.2 (Summer 2008): 143-150.
Other professional activity and/or awards:
Teaches class on Cultural Constructions of Motherhood, profiled in BU Today.
Faculty member of Boston University’s College of Arts & Sciences “Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program”
Outstanding Book Award for an edited volume from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, 2011.