Elizabeth Gardner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
(805) 565-6275

Office Location

Deane Hall 107B

Office Available

by appointment


Public Discourse, Argumentation and Advocacy, Communication Criticism

Research Interests

Social change and the rhetorical construction of childhood


Dr. Gardner graduated from Houghton College and earned a master’s degree and doctorate in communication at the University of Maryland, where she was the managing director of the Oral Communication Program for three years before joining the Westmont faculty in fall 2016. In 2014 she received the National Communication Association’s Bensen-Campbell Dissertation Research Award. Her dissertation examines the use of “argument in the night messenger service reform, a campaign in the anti-child labor movement of the early 1900s aimed at raising the minimum age for telegraph company messengers.”