D. Lynn O’Brien Hallstein


Associate Professor of RhetoricDr. Lynn O'Brien Hallstein displays her new book, Bikini Ready Moms


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

Selected publications:


Bikini-Ready Moms: Celebrity Profiles, Motherhood, and the Body. SUNY Press, 2015.

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.

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“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:

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.

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