About Constance Gordon


(415) 405-2116


Assistant Professor


Communication StudiesCollege of Liberal and Creative Arts

Office Hours (Additional Info): 

Wednesdays 11:00-12:30


At SF State Since:



Constance Gordon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. She is also a member of SF State’s Climate Justice Leaders Initiative (CJLI) and is Core Faculty and Advisor in the Climate Change: Causes, Impacts, and Solutions Certificate Program. Broadly, Gordon’s interests involve how communication shapes food and environmental imaginaries, and how organizing helps cultivate more just futures, especially worldmaking within and against uneven development and dispossession. Her research attends to intersections of environmental communication, critical organizational communication, cultural studies, critical rhetoric, food justice, environmental justice, and critical geographies.


Gordon holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado Boulder where she also earned Graduate Certificates in Development Studies and Comparative Ethnic Studies. Her B.A. is in International Relations from San Francisco State University. At SF State, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on communication and environmental justice, organizational communication, and leadership for social change. 


Recent Publications 

Gordon, C. (Forthcoming 2023). 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. 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