Meet Our New Comm Lecturer Dr. Jennifer Reilly Bluma!

Dr. Jennifer Reilly Bluma has joined SUNY New Paltz as a lecturer in the Communication Department. This semester she is teaching three sections of Public Speaking and one section each of Interpersonal Communication and Storytelling & Culture.

Prof. Bluma earned her Ph. D. in communication from Regent University in 2016 and M.A. in Communication and Culture from Trinity International University in 2010. She holds a B.A. in Leadership Studies/Communication from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Before coming to New Paltz, Prof. Bluma taught at both Concordia University Chicago and Carthage College. 

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Jen Reilly Bluma

Her research specializations lie at the intersection of Rhetoric, Postcolonial Studies, the Critical Tradition, and Digital Culture and her recent work explores digital colonization, its role in social acceptability, and hegemony. Her publications include: “Weaving ropes with the Desert Fathers: (Re)Inventing rhetorical theory as silence and listening.” and “Mobility and transience for the late modern self as sojourner: The fragmentation of self–actualization.” In 2015 she won the Top Convention Student Paper Award, International Listening Association.  Her teaching interests are mostly in the Communication Department’s Relational concentration, and she is thrilled to be a part of the SUNY New Paltz community.
Prof. Bluma’s office is on the ground floor of Coykendall Science Building, CSB33. She has in-person office hours on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. She can be reached at