Diana Carlin

Professor Emerita of Communication

Diana Carlin is professor emerita of communication at Saint Louis University and a retired faculty member and administrator at the University of Kansas. Her research and teaching are in political communication with an emphasis on women in politics, political debates, and presidential rhetoric. As an adjunct faculty member of American University’s Women & Politics Institute, she will teach a course on America’s First Ladies this Fall. She has published book chapters on first ladies Martha Washington, Lady Bird Johnson, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama and is co-author of a forthcoming textbook on first ladies – their history and legacies from Martha Washington to Jill Biden. Carlin was a panelist at the 2021 White House Historical Association Symposium and the 2020 Colloquium. She is a founding member of FLARE–First Ladies Association for Research and Education and serves as FLARE’s treasurer.

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