My research is characterized by critical, interpretive, feminist approaches to communication and culture, and informed by interdisciplinary study in speech communication, folklore, and women’s studies. As the author of Capitalizing on the Curse and related articles, I am best known for my work on media representations of menstruation. My recent work has focused on examination of postfeminism in media representations of women’s reproductive health. I am currently at work on a book, under contract with Repeater Books, about how activists are using social media to challenge abortion stigma.
Publications and presentations of the last five years are listed below. Older publications can be found on my Academia.edu page.
Recent Publications (2011-2016)
All Postfeminist Women Do: Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health in Television Comedy. In Meredith Nash and Imelda Whelehan (Eds.), Reading Lena Dunham’s Girls: Feminism, post feminism, authenticity and gendered performance in contemporary television. London: Palgrave Macmillan, in press.
No Justice, No Pill / Know (Reproductive) Justice, Know the Pill, Women’s Reproductive Health, 3(2), 109-112, 2016.
Book review: Covered in Ink: Tattoos, Women, and The Politics of the Body, Feminist Media Studies, 15(6), 1060-1062, 2015.
What Does Not Kill You Makes You Stronger: Young Women’s Online Conversations about Quitting the Pill. In Meredith Nash (Ed.), Reframing reproduction: Conceiving gendered experiences in late modernity. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Pills, Periods, and Postfeminism: The New Politics of Marketing Birth Control, Feminist Media Studies, 13(3), 490-504, 2013. Recipient of 2014 Anita Taylor Outstanding Article Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender.
Recent Presentations (2011-2016)
#ShoutYourAbortion: Stigma, Shame, and Speaking Out on Social Media. Paper presented at annual meeting of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, Oak Park, IL, October 15, 2016.
Panelist, Code Red: The New Reality of Communication Departments Nationwide. Pre-conference seminar at annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV, November 18, 2015.
All Postfeminist Women Do: Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health in Television Comedy. Paper presented at biennial meeting of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Boston, MA, June 4-6, 2015.
How to Be Beautiful. Invited presentation for Alpha Omicron Pi Woman’s Fraternity, Tau Gamma Chapter, EWU, May 12, 2015.
The New Broke Girls Project: Postfeminism, Television, and Women’s Sexual & Reproductive Health. Paper presented at Western States Communication Association, Spokane, Washington, February 22-24, 2015.
Creating and Implementing Technological Innovations for Teaching and Scholarship Based in Feminist Thinking. Panel discussion presented with Maureen Ebben, Victoria DeFrancisco, Lori Blewett, Karla Scott, and Mercilee Jenkins at Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, San Francisco, California, October 16-19, 2014.
Lean In, Lean Out, Shake It All About: Critiquing the Postfeminist Manifesto [.pptx file with video]. Paper presented at Northwest Women’s Studies Association, Eugene, Oregon, May 16-17, 2014.
With a Little Help from My Friends: Intra-Departmental Peer Support for Service-Learning Faculty, Paper presented with Patty Chantrill and Heather Robinson, at 17th annual Continuums of Service Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 2-4, 2014.
Making Menstruation Matter at Wikipedia, workshop presented at biennial meeting of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, New York, NY, June 6-8, 2013.
#MenstruationMatters on the Internet: Using Social Media to Promote Menstrual Literacy, invited plenary session presented at biennial meeting of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, New York, NY, June 6-8, 2013.
21st Century Gender Communication: How Young Women are Changing Television Comedy. Presentation, Annual Spring Communication Conference, Spokane Community College, Spokane, WA, May 8, 2013.
Women are from Earth, Men are from Earth: The Truth About Gender Communication. Keynote Address, Annual Spring Communication Conference, Spokane Community College, Spokane, WA, May 8, 2013.
Medicalization of Menstruation. Panelist, symposium at Selling Sickness 2013: People Before Profits, Washington, D.C., February 20-22, 2013.
Guest on Just a Theory with Tony Flinn [mp3], Spokane Public Radio, December 16, 2012.
Get Off My Lawn and onto the Internet: Generation Jones Meets the Millennial Generation. Paper presented at annual conference of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, Tacoma, Washington, October 11-14, 2012.
Today’s Students and the Pedagogy for Tomorrow: Ensuring a Moment-us Future. Panel chair, annual conference of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, Tacoma, Washington, October 11-14, 2012.
“But you look so good” and other things not to say to a disabled person. Workshop, Diversity Week, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, May 22, 2012.
Social Media and/as Strategic Communication. Workshop (with Jeff Stafford) for Spokane County Courthouse Staff, Spokane, May 2, 2012.
Not Buying It: Portrayals of Gender in the Media. Panelist, Get Lit! Festival, Eastern Washington University, Spokane, April 14, 2012.
Periods and Postfeminism: You. Buy. Kotex. Paper presented at annual conference of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 8-10, 2012.
Learning to See the Invisible Other. Presentation for Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research Series, Eastern Washington University, January 18, 2012.
Yes, There’s Even an App for THAT: Menstruation and the Quantified Self. Paper presented at annual conference of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, Evanston, Illinois, October 12-16, 2011.
Other Writing (2011-2016)
Ms. Magazine Blog – Occasional Contributor.
re:Cycling – the blog of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Founder, Contributor, and Executive Editor, 2009-2014.
Media Mentions (2011-2016)
Breaking the taboos about menstruation, by Susan Perry, MinnPost, April 28, 2016.
A period comes to an end: 100 years of menstruation products, by Lia Kvatum, Washington Post, April 25, 2016
Birth Control’s Effect on Menstruation (extract from Sweetening the Pill, by Holly Grigg-Spall), by Green Feminine Hygiene Queen, Maxim Hygiene Blog, June 29, 2015.
Five Reasons Why Street Harassment Is Serious, by Holly Kearl. Medium, April 29, 2015.
The Catcall: Looking at Street Harassment and Why Men Do It, by David Hodari. SoCal Stories, December 19, 2014.
Is PMS a Myth?, by Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin, Stuff Mom Never Told You (Podcast), November 3, 2014.
Advertising Hormonal Contraception: Medicalizing the Natural, by Nicole Lock, Nursing Clio, October 9, 2014.
Coming off Birth Control Is Not a Death Sentence, by Holly Grigg-Spall. Lady Clever, September 24, 2014.
Here’s what guys are actually saying when they harass women on the street, by Elizabeth Plank. Identies.Mic, August 8, 2014.
Surveillance state: A reflection on technology, voyeurism and the men who upskirted me, by Jordy Byrd. The Inlander, June 11, 2014.
Episode 10: Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon. The Faculty of Horror: Podcasting from the Horrored Halls with Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West (Podcast), November 26, 2013.
Should Severe PMS Be Considered A Mental Disorder? Why Psychiatrists Added It To DSM-5, by Lecia Bushak. Medical Daily, October 22, 2013.
“Women Are Not Outside for Your Entertainment:” Public Art Targets Street Harassment, by Nora Kenty, We Break Glass Ceilings!, September 16, 2013.
Lawsuits pile up over popular birth control pill, by Julie Deardorff, Chicago Tribune, September 15, 2013.
Biodestiny and all that jazz, by Lucy Feriss, Lingua Franca (blog), Chronicle of Higher Education, February 26, 2013.
Obama birth control compromise distracts from issue of whether the pill is safe, activists say, by Elizabeth Flock, World Views (blog), Washington Post, February 10, 2012.
Just How Safe Is Yaz? Women Need to Know!, by Holly Grigg-Spall, Ms. magazine blog, February 9, 2012.
Forever Young: Is a local modeling competition breaking the mold or just following the trends?, by Jordy Byrd, The Pacific Northwest Inlander, April 13, 2011.
iPads, iPods, and iPeriods, by Barbara Kantrowitz and Pat Wingert, Newsweek, September 13, 2010.
Ads for Pads: Can A Guy Sell Menstrual Products?, by Zosia Bielski, The Globe and Mail, September 2, 2010.
The Plastic Project Part 3: What’s In Your Tampons?, by Virginia Sole-Smith, Planet Green.com, July 1, 2010.
Seeing Red: A Cultural History of Menstruation, by Mary O’Connell, CBC Radio, June 14 & 21, 2010.
How the Pill Changed the World, Radio Interview, KCBS, May 11, 2010.
Oral contraceptives have had broad impact but some seek alternatives to the pill, by Melissa Bell, Washington Post, May 11, 2010.
Reproductive Writes: I Choose My Choice: An Interview with Elizabeth Kissling, by Holly Grigg-Spall, Bitch Media, March 22, 2010.
It’s 2010, So Why Are We Still Having Periods?, Company (British women’s magazine), February 2010, (pp. 76-78).
Women’s eNews, Journalist of the Month, November 2009: “Kissling’s Menstruation Blog Talks All About It”, by Jackie Bischof, Women’s eNews, November 18, 2009.
A campaign that erases a layer of euphemisms, by Andrew Adam Newman, New York Times, March 19, 2009.