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Chris McRae
Assistant Professor

Chris  McRae

performance studies, cultural studies, critical communication pedagogy

Office: CIS 3028

Dr. McRae joined the faculty in 2011. His research interests center on the communicative and critical implications of music performance, listening, and pedagogy. His current research project works from the example of the music and autobiography of trumpet player Miles Davis to raise questions about listening, ethics, and pedagogy.

Curriculum Vitae

Undergraduate Course Offerings

  • Introduction to Communication as Performance
  • Writing as Performance
  • Group Performance of Literature
  • Performance of Culture and Identity
  • Performing Florida

Graduate Course Offerings

  • Performance Theory

Representative Publications

  • Chris McRae and Keith Nainby. “Engagement Beyond Interruption: A Performative Perspective on Listening and Ethics,” Educational Studies: A Journal of the American Educational Studies Association 5.2 (2015): 168-184.

  • “Miles Away from ‘The Cool,’” Text and Performance Quarterly 34.3 (2014): 304-316.

  • Aubrey Huber and Chris McRae. “Collaborative Directing and Teaching: Applications and Extensions of Critical Performative Pedagogy,” Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 3.3 (2014): 264-282.

  • "Compassionate Critical Listening." Communication: A critical/cultural introduction. J.T. Warren & D. L. Fassett. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2014. 62-78.

  • "Listening, Playing, Learning." Text and Performance Quarterly, 33.3 (2013). 273-75.
  • "From ‘All of Me’ to ‘All of You’: Listening for Aura." Cultural Studies<=>Critical Methodologies 13.2 (2013): 115-24.
  • Chris McRae and John T. Warren. "Writing a Pedagogy of Whiteness: A Relational Ethic of Teaching." Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies 8.5 (2012): 56-73

  • "Listening to a Brick: Hearing Location Performatively." Text and Performance Quarterly 32 (2012): 332-348.

  • "Embodied Listening: Engaging Listening as Experience." Listening Education 4.1 (2012): 15-19

  • Holman Jones, Stacy and Chris McRae. "Strange to the Structure: A Dialogue on 'Strange Music,' Performance Studies, Jazz Trumpet, and Billie Holiday." The Strange Music of Social Life: A Dialogue on Dialogic Sociology. Eds. Michael Bell and Ann Goetting. Temple, PA: Temple UP, (2011).

  • "Singing 'I Will Survive': Performance as Evolving Relationship." Cultural Studies<=>Critical Methodologies 10.4 (2010): 326-33.

  • "Repetition and Possibilities: Foundational Communication Course, Graduate Teaching Assistants, Etc." Basic Communication Course Annual 22 (2010): 172-200.

  • "Becoming a Bass Player: Embodiment in Music Performance." Music Autoethnographies: Making Autoethnography Sing/Making Music Personal. Eds. Brydie-Leigh Bartleet and Carolyn Ellis. Bowen Hills, Queensland: Australian Academic P, 2009. 136-50.

  • "Teaching Like a Bass Player: Performative Pedagogy and Practice." transFORMATIONS: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy 20: (2009): 80-88.

  • Tullis Owen, Jillian A., Chris McRae, Tony E. Adams, and Alisha Vitale. "truth troubles." Qualitative Inquiry 15 (2009): 178-200.


  • Performative Listening: Hearing Others in Qualitative Research. New York: Peter Lang, 2015.


Ph.D., Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 2011.
(emphasis: performance studies, critical communication pedagogy)
M.A., Communication, University of South Florida, 2007. (emphasis: performance studies)
B.A., Communication, University of South Florida, 2004.

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
89186ORI 4019001Perf Identity & Culture

CIS 3020
82297COM 6001901Theories and Histories of Comm
Required Of All NEW Communication Graduate Students

CIS 3063
87828SPC 6903001Directed Readings

TBA 100
82092SPC 7980002Dissertation: Doctoral

TBA 100

Graduate Students

Jacob Abraham, Adolfo Lagomasino

Alyse Keller