Irina Gendelman

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Chair, Society and Social Justice

Fields: Instructional Development and Communication, Technology in the Classroom, Urban Studies, Visual Communication, Food Justice, Ethnographic Research Methods, Digital Archiving, Critical Cultural Studies, Public Art, Graffiti, Public Scholarship
B.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., University of Washington

Old Main 333A
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503


Dr. Gendelman does her research and teaching in the areas of instructional development and communication. Her work in instructional development is focused on active and project based teaching, effective uses of technology in the classroom, cross-disciplinary collaboration and equitable teaching practices. Her expertise in communication is based on her interest in urban studies, visual communication, food justice, ethnographic research methods, digital archiving, critical cultural studies, public art, graffiti and public scholarship. Dr. Gendelman co-founded the Urban Archives, a group that documents and studies graffiti and art in urban spaces. She also started and directs the Learning Garden at Saint Martin's University. Dr. Gendelman views gardens and urban places as extensions of the traditional classroom.


Select publications

  • Gendelman, I. and Aiello. G. (2010). Faces of places: Façades as global communication in Post-Eastern Bloc urban renewal. In A. Jaworski and C. Thurlow (eds), Semiotic Landscapes in Tourism: Image, Text, Space. Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Gendelman, I., Dobrovolski, T. and Aiello, G. (2010). Urban Archives: Public memories of everyday places. In Jeff Hou (ed.), Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of the Contemporary Cities. New York: Routledge.
  • Aiello, G. and Gendelman, I. (2008) Seattle's Pike Place Market (de)constructed: an analysis of tourist narratives about a public space. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 5:3 (pp. 158-185).
  • Gendelman, I. (2006). The romantic and dangerous stranger. M/C Journal, 9(3).