About Constance Gordon


(415) 405-2116


Assistant Professor


Communication StudiesCollege of Liberal and Creative Arts

Office Hours (Additional Info): 

Mondays 2:00-3:15pm and by appt.


At SF State Since:



Constance Gordon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. She is a core faculty member and advisor in the transdisciplinary Climate Change Certificate Program and is a member of SF State’s Climate Justice Leaders Initiative.


Gordon’s research engages communication in the context of food and environmental justice movements, particularly how they challenge land, labor, and housing dispossession through intersectional political critique, organizing, and mutual aid. She also studies how organizing is a site for informal learning and creative worldmaking. Her solo and collaborative research has been published in venues like Environmental Communication, Cultural Studies, Frontiers in Communication, as well as edited volumes like The International Handbook of Trends in Environmental Communication, The Rhetoric of Social Movements: Networks, Power, and New Media, and Organizing Eating: Communicating for Equity Across U.S. Food Systems. She is a co-author of the forthcoming textbook A Rhetorical History of United States Social Movements. 


Gordon has interdisciplinary training across the humanities and social sciences, with a Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication (Rhetoric & Culture) from the University of Colorado Boulder, Graduate Certificates in Development Studies (Department of Geography) and Critical Ethnic Studies (Department of Ethnic Studies), and a B.A. in International Relations from San Francisco State University. At SF State, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on communication and environmental justice, critical organizational communication, and leadership for social change. She is also the Lead of the Climate Ambassadors course (will launch spring 2024) that will emphasize student-led praxis and action-oriented climate justice communication. 


Recent Publications 

Gordon, C. (Forthcoming). Criminalizing care: Environmental justice under political and police repression. Environmental Communication. 


Gordon, C. (2024). Communicative considerations for urban food governance: Toward food privilege or food justice in Denver, Colorado. In S. Dempsey (Ed.), Organizing eating: Communicating for equity across U.S. food systems (pp. 114-138). New York, NY: Routledge. 


Gordon, C., Hunt, K. P. & Dutta, M. J. (2022). Editorial: Food systems communication amid compounding crises: Power, resistance, and change. Front. Commun. 7:1041473. doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2022.1041474. 


Gordon, C. & Hunt, K. P. (2021). Communicating power and resistance in the global food system: Emerging trends in environmental communication. In B. Takahashi, J. Metag, J. Thaker, & S. Comfort (Eds.), The handbook of international trends in environmental communication (pp. 115-131). New York, NY: Routledge. 


Gordon, C. & Byron, K. (2021). Sweeping the city: Infrastructure, informality, and the politics of maintenance. Cultural Studies, 35(4-5), 854-875.


Gordon, C., Pezzullo, P. C., & Gabrieloff-Parish, M. (2021). Food justice advocacy tours: Remapping rooted, regenerative relationships through Denver’s "Planting Just Seeds." In N. Crick (Ed.), The rhetoric of social movements: Networks, power, and new media (pp. 299-316). New York, NY: Routledge. 


McGreavy, B., Kelley, S., Ludden, J., Card, D., Cogbill-Seiders, E., Derek, I., Gordon, C., Haynal, K., Krzus-Shaw, K. Parks, M. M., Petts, A., Ross, D. G., Walker, K. (2020). "No(t) camping": Engaging the intersections of housing, transportation, and environmental justice through critical praxis. Review of Communication, 20(2), 119-127.


Gordon, C. & Hunt, K. P. (2019). Reform, justice, and sovereignty: A food systems agenda for environmental communication. Environmental Communication, 13(1), 9-22.


Courses Taught at San Francisco State University 


  • COMM 744: Seminar in Environmental Communication
  • COMM 760: Seminar in Organizational Communication
  • COMM 899: Directed Readings (Critical Organizational Communication & Contemporary Capitalism)



  • COMM 572: Communication and Environmental Justice (formerly Rhetoric of Ecology) 
  • COMM 348GW: Writing About Communication and Environmental Justice (formerly Writing About Environmental Rhetoric)
  • COMM 522: Organizational Communication 
  • COMM 537: Leadership Communication
  • COMM 670: Seminar in Communication Studies