My Story

When I was applying for college, Warren Wilson was my number one choice. Big problem: no communications program. I took another route. For the next 20-plus-years, I worked in the communications fields, such as journalism, public relations, website content, and strategic communications. Eventually, I pursued a MA in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University and a PhD in Communication and Media Studies at the University of Oregon. My heart skipped a beat when I saw the possibility of working at Warren Wilson and starting its communication program. I look forward to launching a dynamic, social-justice driven program and helping guide students toward meaningful work on day one.

My experience as an activist scholar plays another role in this serendipitous turn of events. My research focuses on transgender media and rurality. I team with media activist groups in rural locations, particularly Central Appalachia, to write about their work while I assist in their projects. I’m delighted to continue this work and contribute to Warren Wilson and its surrounding community.

Communications Professor Beck Banks sits at a desk with a macbook smiling


  • BA in Journalism at Webster University
  • MA in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University
  • PhD in Communication and Media Studies at University of Oregon

Research Interests

  • Transgender Media Studies
  • Queer and Transgender Rurality
  • Queer and Transgender Migration Studies

Courses Taught

  • ENG 1410: Media and Society
  • ENG 2410: Introduction to Media Research
  • Writing Queer and Trans Media Studies

Crews and Other Activities

  • National Communication Association
  • The Echo Newspaper Crew Supervisor