Karen Daas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Communication

Karen Daas


Dr. Karen L. Daas received her B.A. in Communication Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and her M.A. in Communication from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She earned her Ph.D. in communication with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Culture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Dr. Daas uses qualitative and critical methods to examine communication and its intersections with identity and popular culture. Her research tends to focus on areas of contested identity such as lesbian motherhood. She has also conducted research related to health issues and family. She has presented her findings at numerous national and regional conferences.

Her research appears in peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, The Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Family Communication, and Western Journal of Communication. She has also developed outreach materials for educators of children from same-sex families and co-authored an invited chapter for a reader on family communication.


  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication
  • Theory and Practice: Interpersonal Communication
  • Relational Communication
  • Small Group Communication
  • Conduct of Communication Inquiry

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal and Small Group Communication
  • Identity


  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2005)
  • M.A. in Speech Communication, Minnesota State University (2001)
  • B.A. in Communication Studies and English, Gustavus Adolphus College (1997)

Honors and Awards


Grants, Patents and Clinical Trials