Kamela “Kami” Rasmussen (she/her/hers) is a PhD student at the University of New Mexico studying Intercultural Communication at the intersection of Race, Gender, Class, Sexuality, and Performance. Prior to joining the Communication & Journalism (C&J) program in 2017, she studied at San José State University. She holds a MA in Communication Studies with concentration in Performance Studies and a BA in Communication Studies. She has presented original research at local and national conferences. She has received a top paper award and an outstanding performance award. Outside of the academy, she has acted in and directed numerous plays. She is currently working towards a dissertation on the performance of multiracial/mixed race womanhood, inspired in part by her own experiences as a woman of color and the experiences of other women of color.


Kami has taught Public Speaking (CJ 130/COMM 1130), Interpersonal Communication (CJ 221/COMM 2120), Communication Research Methods (CJ 301), Intercultural Communication (CJ 314), Nonverbal Communication (CJ 323), Gender and Communication (CJ 326/WMST 326), Senior Seminar: Perspectives on Communication (CJ 400), and Multiculturalism, Gender, and Media (CJ 469/WMST 469) at UNM.

Kami has successfully completed Safe Zone Training through the UNM LGBTQ Resource Center and is dedicated to providing safety and support for LGBTQ+ individuals on and off campus. 



BA-Communication Studies

San Jose State University, 2015

MA-Communication Studies Concentration: Performance Studies

San Jose State University, 2017


Concentration: Intercultural Communication

University of New Mexico, in progress

Ding, Z., & Rasmussen, K. (2020). Crazy sexy

Asian men!: Intersectionalizing masculinities in Crazy Rich Asians. In S. Eguchi, S. Abdi, & B. Calafell (Eds.), De-Whitening intersectionality: Race, intercultural communication, and politics. Rowman & Littlefield.

Rasmussen, K. (2021). Beyoncé in formation:

Remixing black feminism [review]. QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking. [accepted for publication]

Teaching Goals: 

1) Students will learn core subject   


2) Students will be able to pursue

    their own academic interests

3) Students will create and

    complete original research

4) Students will expand their

    understanding of systems of


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