Dr. Ginna Husting earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998, and joined the faculty of the Department of Sociology at Boise State University in 1999. Her research and teaching interests include gender issues, the news media, social inequality, feminist political theory, conspiracy theorizing, and cultural studies of emotion. Many of the Sociology courses she teaches are cross-listed with Gender Studies. Dr. Husting's research has examined how the phrase “conspiracy theorist” works in the context of political speech, explored French and American nationalism in the context of abortion-related protest, and studied media representations of social protest and the resulting implications for democratic political action. She is active in a number of professional sociology associations, including the American and Pacific Sociological Associations, the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
Dangerous Machinery: "Conspiracy Theorist" as a Transpersonal Strategy of Exclusion (with Martin Orr), Symbolic Interaction (2007)
In a culture of fear, we should expect the rise of new mechanisms of social...
Neutralizing Protest: The Construction of War, Chaos, and National Identity through US Television News on Abortion-Related Protest, 1991, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (2006)
This paper examines how US TV news on abortion-related protest forecloses possibilities for democracy and...
Francophobia, Anti-Americanism: Narratives of the Trans-Atlantic Other in French and U.S. News on Abortion-Related Issues (with Leslie King), Cultural Studies, Critical Methodologies (2005)
This article examines the interplay of abortion and nationalism in French and U.S. print...
Anti-Abortion Activism in the U.S. and France: Comparing Opportunity Environments of Rescue Tactics (with Leslie King), Mobilization: An International Quarterly (2003)
We explore how opportunity environments, conceptualized to include political-legal and cultural components, help explain the...
When a War is not a War: Abortion, Desert Storm, and Representations of Protest in American TV News, The Sociological Quarterly (1999)
In this article I juxtapose American media coverage of the Gulf war and the war...
Contributions to Books
Neutralizing Protest: The Construction of War, Chaos, and National Identity through US Television News on Abortion-Related Protest, 1991, Readings on the Rhetoric of Social Protest (2013)
Once More, With Feeling: Conspiracy Theories, Contempt, and Affective Governmentality (forthcoming), Ethical Theory and Practice (2013)
Governing with Feeling: Conspiracy Theory Discourse, Hannah Arendt and Affective Cultural Politics, Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (2013)
The Flayed, Exquisite Self of Tourists: Managing Face and Emotions in Strange Places, Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (2012)
Nurturing and Occluding Wonder in News Discourse, 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (2011)
Wolves, Monstrosity, Hybridity: Delisting and its Discontents in the Intermountain West (with Mary Frances Casper), Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association (2011)
The Cowboy and the Wolf: Actualizing Mythic Western Masculinity Through the Wolf Deregulation Debate (with Mary F. Casper), Western States Communication Association Convention (2008)
The current wolf deregulation debate taking place in the American West is crafted through gender....