Graduation Year


Graduation Month


Document Type

Professional Paper

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

School or Department

Women's and Gender Studies Certificate


Communication Studies – Rhetoric and Public Discourse

Faculty Mentor Department

Women's and Gender Studies Certificate

Faculty Mentor

Beth Hubble


Gender, Drag, Gender Communication, Gender Performance


After conducting an online open-ended ethnographic survey through Qualtrics in order to assess the relationship between drag performers and gender as a form of communication, an analysis was prepared based on 19 open-ended surveys with an age range of 20-55. The RQ was to find out to what extent drag changes a performers’ awareness of the communicative properties of gender. The study failed to reject the null hypothesis. The findings concluded that performers consistently acknowledged gender and drag as communicative acts, but inconsistently saw their own gender as a communicative act. One limitation is the low response rate resulting in a study that cannot be applied to a broader community due to sample size. The response rate was just over ⅓ of participants. Although the analysis of data did not support the RQ, this information could prove to be useful to groups who want to further research the communicative properties of gender in a rapidly more aware world.

Honors College Research Project


GLI Capstone Project




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