Alena Amato Ruggerio holds a PhD from Indiana University. She is an associate professor of communication at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, where she has also served as interim coordinator of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Her teaching specializations are feminist rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism, persuasion, argumentation, and advanced public speaking.
A life member of the National Communication Association, Alena is an officer in the Feminism and Women’s Studies Division. Her work has appeared in Feminist Media Studies, Kenneth Burke Journal, Oregon Humanities, Christian Century, and the Encyclopedia of Christianity (Eerdmans). Alena is the author of You Get a Lifetime: The Chronicle of a Semester in Greece (Blurb) and a contributor to the I Speak for Myself series (White Cloud Press).
Recipient of the AHA International Outstanding Visiting Faculty of the Year Award, Alena was voted Most Warm and Welcoming Professor by the Associated Students of Southern Oregon University. She is an active member of the inclusive Christian feminist organization EEWC, for which she served as a plenary speaker, Council member, frequent writer, and guest editor of the magazine Christian Feminism Today.
Alena resides in Medford, Oregon, with her husband, Bradley; their three astonishingly adorable cats; and her collection of rhinestone tiaras.