Amanda M. Friz is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her M.S. and B.A. from the University of Utah.
Dr. Friz specializes in the rhetoric of health and medicine (RHM) and Science and Technology Studies (STS), particularly queer feminist STS. Her research utilizes rhetorical criticism as well as rhetorical field methods to examine rhetorical-scientific constructions of women’s sexual health, broader public understanding of health and medical science, and vernacular bioethics. Research on these topics from biological, psychological, and pharmacological perspectives tends to proceed from heteronormative and masculinist conceptions of sexual health, science, and ethics. Queer feminist STS and RHM provide ideal means to challenge these assumptions, particularly when they are used as the foundation for knowledge about what constitutes healthy or unhealthy practices. Her scholarship has been published in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Women’s Studies in Communication, and Media Culture & Society, as well as in the new RHM edited collection Rhetoric of Health and Medicine As/Is: Theories and Approaches for the Field.