Cover of 'Terrorizing Gender' by Mia Fischer

‘Terrorizing Gender’ by Mia Fischer Wins Diamond Anniversary Book Award

February 18, 2021

Mia Fischer, assistant professor in CU Denver’s Department of Communication, recently received the 2020 Diamond Anniversary Book Award from the National Communication Association (NCA).

“I am delighted and honored to receive this award,” said Fischer. “I would like to thank the award committee and NCA for recognizing intersectional scholarship that traverses the traditional boundaries of communication studies and centers transgender communities… At a time where conversations about racial justice are once again front and center, I hope that this book can contribute to an understanding that especially the lives of Black trans women matter—that they too deserve to live, thrive, and succeed without the constant fear of violence, surveillance, and death.”  

The award recognizes the most outstanding scholarly book published during the previous calendar year based on the copyright date of the book. Fischer is receiving the award for the book, Terrorizing Gender: Transgender Visibility and the Surveillance Practices of the U.S. Security State, a timely and important exploration of increasing state-sanctioned violence and surveillance of trans people in the United States. The book mixes intersectionally anchored critical cultural and sexuality studies in communication to examine framing for trans people in American popular culture. Terrorizing Gender exemplifies rigorous explication of the communication of identity. The book is necessary in this moment of rescinding federal protections for transgender students and workers.

“NCA’s annual awards honor communication scholars’ teaching, scholarship, and service,” Parry-Giles, executive director of the NCA, said. “NCA is proud to recognize Fischer’s significant contributions to the Communication discipline with this award.” Fischer’s award will be presented virtually on Nov. 21 at the NCA 106th Annual Convention. For more information about NCA’s awards program, visit