About LIM College

Denice Yanni

Denice Yanni

Arts & Sciences

Dr. Denice Yanni is the Chair of LIM College’s Arts & Sciences Department. She also teaches the Public Speaking, Honors Public Speaking, Professional Communications, and Research and Analysis courses. Dr. Yanni’s primary areas of scholarship are communication and memory, communication and aging, the role of communication technologies in social construction, and women and communication.

Prior to joining LIM College she was an Associate Professor in the Speech Communication Department at Iona College and has also served as the Chair of Fairfield University’s Department of Communication.

Dr. Yanni is the author of “Shifts in Identity: The Contextualizing Function of Communication Technologies,” a chapter in Context and Communication Behavior, James L. Owen (ed.), University of Nevada/Reno Press (1997); “Ecofeminism as Transformative Discourse,” a chapter in Proceedings of the Conference on Communication and Our Environment, James G. Cantrill and M. Jimmie Killingsworth (eds.), Northern Michigan University Printing Services (1993); and “Speaking Metaphorically: A Cultural Enactment of Community Among Women” a chapter in Constructing and Reconstructing Gender, Linda A.M. Perry (ed.), SUNY Press (1992).

Among Dr. Yanni’s published academic papers is “The Social Construction of Women as Mediated by Advertising,” which first appeared in the Journal of Communication Inquiry, (Winter 1990) Vol. 14, No. 1, and was then selected for inclusion in Sociological Abstracts (1991), going on to become one of the top 100 articles cited from the Journal of Communication Inquiry from 1986-2011. Her paper “The Pornography Debate in the Women’s Community: A Clash of Cultures,” was published in Women and Language (Spring 1987), Vol. X, No.2.

Dr. Yanni’s presentations include “Who is a Professional? Can We Communicate About Communication?” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in 2009 and “Individual and Cultural Memory: Remembering as an Act of Nation-Building” at the World Communication Association in 2006.

Dr. Yanni holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and a B.A. in English/Secondary Education from the College of Mount St. Vincent.


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