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  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies, 2009, University of South Florida

  • ​M.A. in Speech Communication, 2003, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Holle Endowed Chair of Communication Arts, College of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Alabama


Full Professor of Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication, Department of Communication Studies, University of Alabama


Editor, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (2022-24)

Editor-Elect, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (2021)

Chair, Ethnography Division, National Communication Association (2017-18)

Member, NCA Research Council, National Communication Association (2017-2019)



Adams, T. E., Boylorn, R. M., & Tillmann, L. (2021). Advances in Autoethnogrphy and Narrative Inquiry: Reflections on the Legacy of Carolyn Ellis and Arthur Bochner, Routledge.


Boylorn, R. M. & Orbe, M. P. (Eds.) (2021). Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life, Second Edition. Routledge.

Cooper, B., Morris, S. M., & Boylorn, R. M. (2017). The Crunk Feminist Collection. The Feminist Press.

Boylorn, R. M. (2017/2013).  Sweetwater: Black Women and Narratives of Resilience, Revised Edition. Peter Lang. (Originally published 2013)

​Boylorn, R. M. & Orbe, M. P. (Eds.) (2014). Critical Autoethnography:  Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life. Left Coast Press.

​Book Chapters:

Boylorn, R. M. (2022). Intersectionality: Theoretical Lineages Toward Interpersonal Legacies. In D. O. Braithwaite & P. Schrodt (Eds.), Engaging Theories in Interpersonal Communication, 3rd Edition, Sage.


Boylorn, R. M. (2022). You Talk Like A White Girl: Blackgirl Identity and Interpersonal Interracial Realities. In S. Faulkner (Ed), Inside Relationships: Critical Case Studies in Interpersonal Communication, Routledge.

Boylorn, R. M. (2020). Write. Reach. Repeat.: The Role and Rise of Public Intellectualism in Qualitative Research. In P. Leavy (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press.

Boylorn, R. M. (2019). Meridional: Beyoncé’s Southern Roots and References. In V. Chambers (Ed.), Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles Carter, St.

Martin’s Press.


Adams, T.E., & Boylorn, R. M. (2019). Public Ethnography. In P. Leavy (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Methods for Public Scholarship, Oxford University Press.


The Crunk Feminist Collective. (2019). Self Care Is Crunk. In M. K. Gold & L. F. Klein (Eds.) Debates in the Digital Humanities 2019. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Boylorn, R. M. (2019). "somebody/anybody, sing a black girl's song":  The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as Blackgirl Autoethnography, The Lauryn Hill Reader

Boylorn, R. M. (2017). Unpacking (Un)privilege or Flesh Tones, Red Bones, and Sepia Shades of Brown. In P. Leavy’s (Ed), Privilege Through the Looking-Glass: A Text-Reader on Status
Characteristics in Daily Life, Sense Publishers.

Boylorn, R. M., and Adams, T. E. (2016). Queer and Quare Autoethnography. In N.K. Denzin & M. D. Giardina's (Eds), Qualitative Inquiry Through A Critical Lens, Routledge.

Boylorn, R. M. (2015). "Brains, Booty & All Bizness":  Identity Politics, Ratchet Respectability, and The Real Housewives of Atlanta. In R. Silverman's (Ed), The Fantasy of Reality:  Critical Essays on the Real Housewives, Peter Lang.

Boylorn, R. M. (2014). "My Daddy is Slick, Brown and Cool as Ice Water," In J. Wyatt & T. Adams' (Eds), On (Writing) Families:  Autoethnographies of Absence and Presence, Love and Loss, Sense Publishing.

Boylorn, R. M. & Hopson, M. P. (2014). Learning to Conquer Metaphysical Dilemmas: Womanist and Masculinist Perspectives on Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls. In A. Goldman, V. Ford, A. Harris & N. Howard’s (Eds), Black Women and Popular Culture: The Conversation Continues, Lexington Books.

Boylorn, R. M. (2013).  "Sit With Your Legs Closed!”  And Other Sayin’s From My Childhood.  In S. Holman-Jones, T. Adams & C. Ellis’ (Eds), Handbook of Autoethnography, Left Coast Press​.

Boylorn, R. M. (2013). On Teaching and Telling:  Two Sides of a Teaching (Cassette) Tape.  In C. B. Dillard & C. L. Okpalaoka's (Eds), Engaging Culture, Race and Spirituality iin Education: New Visions, Peter Lang Publishing.

Journal Special Issues:

Boylorn, R. M. (ed.) (2021). Visual Voices and Aural (Auto)Ethnographies: The Personal, Political, and Polysemic Value of Storytelling and/in Communication, Review of Communication [Guest Editor/Special Issue], Winner of the 2021 Best Special Issue of a Journal Award, Ethnography Division, National Communication Association

Boylorn, R. M., & Orbe, M. P. (2021). Critical Autoethnography, Journal of Autoethnography [Guest Editors/Special Issue]

Boylorn, R. M., Raimist, R. & Williams, V. (2019). The Storyteller Project: Digital Storytelling for Women of Color, Liminalities, 15:4 [Guest Editor/Special Issue]

Journal Forums: 

Boylorn, R. M. (2021). "Keep Remembering": Racialized Memory at the Lynching Memorial, Journal of Autoethnography [Forum on The Memorial for Peace and Justice]


Boylorn, R. M. (2020). Teaching at the End of the World. Communication Education, Wicked Problems Forum [Invited Contributor]

Journal Articles:

Boylorn, R. M. (2020). How to be a (Black woman) journal editor during a pandemic: an introduction to an inaugural issue, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 19(1), 1-4.

Boylorn, R. M. (2017).From Boys to Men:  Hip Hop, Hood Films, and the Performance of Contemporary Black Masculinity, Black Camera, 8(2), 146-164.


Boylorn, R. M. (2016). On Being at Home with Myself: Blackgirl Autoethnography as Research Praxis, International Review of Qualitative Research, 9(1), 44-58.

Boylorn, R. M. (2013). Blackgirl Blogs, Autoethnography and Crunk Feminism, Liminalities, 9(2), 73-82.

Boylorn, R.M. (2012). Dark-skinned love stories, International Review of Qualitative Research, 5(3), 299-309.


​Boylorn, R. M. (2008). As Seen on TV: An Autoethnographic Reflection on Race and Reality Television.  Critical Studies in Media Communication, 25(4), 413-433.

Boylorn, R. M. (2006). E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One, Qualitative Inquiry, 12(4), 651-680.

Digital Scholarship, Blogs, and Public Intellectualism:

Boylorn, R. (2021, March 25). Telling Stories [C&IS Storytellers Feature), Communicator Magazine, College of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Alabama

Boylorn, R. (2021, March 4). Black Art is Black Life: An Invitation to Good Trouble: Civil Rights Past and Present

Also see The Crunk Feminist Collective, The RemixSlateEbony, The Guardian, Salon, and Gawker

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