Faculty Experts - Gordon Coonfield, Ph.D.

Gordon Coonfield, Ph.D.

Gordon Coonfield, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Area of Expertise:

  • Visual Communication
  • Popular Culture and Cultural Studies
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • New Media
  • Gender and Film


In this age of mobile device apps, Skype, and the 24-hour news cycle, most of us are bombarded by a constant and dizzying array of video and print images. Dr. Coonfield, an expert in the inter-relation of technology and visual imagery in contemporary culture, can explain how communication is either fostered or hindered by this relationship, how it is processed, and the effect it has on individual identity, and society. He can also speak to the emergence and proliferation of the issue of addiction in contemporary discourse.


  • Ph.D., Michigan Technological University
  • A.A.S., Yakima Valley College
  • B.A., Central Washington University

Selected Publications

  • Coonfield, G., "News Images, Lived Images, and the Post-9/11 Landscape: Performance as Refrain," Limnalities: A Journal of Performance Studies 5(1). (Special Issue: Paradigms of Performance), 2009, Available HTTP, http://liminalities.net/5/index.html.
  • Coonfield, G., "Mapping Addicted Subjection: Toward a Cartography of the Addiction Epidemic," Cultural Studies, 22(1), 2007.
  • Coonfield, G., "News images as lived images: Witness, Performance, and the U.S. Flage After 9/11," In Carpentier, N. (Ed.), Culture, Trauma, Conflict: Cultural Studies Perspectives on War, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 158-176, 2007.
  • Coonfield, G., "Thinking Machinically: Deleuze-Guattarian Media Studies and the Techno-Aesthetic of Jackie Chan, Critical Studies in Media Communication," 23(4), 285-301, 2006.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Computer communication and Social Networking Consultant, The National Writing Project, Network Design Team
  • Teacher-Consultant, Central Washington Writing Project

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