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Victoria T. Fields

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Contact Information

3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
702 South Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801

Office Hours

By appointment
Ph.D. Student, Graduate Teaching Assistant/Instructor of Record


Victoria is a doctoral student and Instructor of Record in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois. Victoria's research centers on rhetorical history, Black women's rhetoric, social movements and sports. She also has a graduate minor in Gender and Women’s Studies with an emphasis in Black feminism and activism. Her work has been published in Volume 11 of the Eastern Michigan University McNair Scholars Journal, International Review for the Sociology of Sport and the Sociology of Sport Journal.


B.S in Communication and Sport Management, Eastern Michigan University, Summa Cum Laude

M.A in Communication (Rhetoric concentration), University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign


NCA Student Caucus Travel Grant, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023

Graduate College Conference Travel Award, 2021, 2024

Friends Travel Support Award, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023

Pinderhughes Research Grant Honorable Mention, 2023

President's Research in Diversity Travel Assistance (Competitive Award) Program, 2023

Andrea Lunsford Diversity Fund Award, Rhetoric Society of America, 2024


Awards and Honors

Illinois Summer Pre-doctoral Institute Fellow, 2019

Illinois ASPIRE Fellow, 2019-2020

List of Teachers Ranked as “Excellent” by Their Students, Fall 2019, Fall *2020, Spring *2021, *Fall 2021, *Spring 2022 *Fall 2023, *Spring 2023, *Fall 2023 (* Connotes ratings were "Outstanding.")

Elizabeth Winter Young Summer Fellowship, 2020

University of Illinois Health Maker Lab Fellow, 2021-2022

Wayne Brockriede Graduate Fellow in Communication, 2021-2023

UIUC Humanities Research Institute: Humanities Without Walls Graduate Research Fellow , 2022

Certificate of Achievement in Recognition of Academic Achievements Related to Health Equity, Access, and Justice awarded by Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and their Equity Council, 2022

Wayne Brockriede Summer Graduate Fellowship in Communication, 2023

Ebony Excellence Instructor of the Year awarded by the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois, 2023

Certificate of Recognition for Black Staff of the Year Runner Up awarded by the Central Black Student Union at the University of Illinois, 2023




Courses Taught

*CMN 101: Public Speaking

*CMN 210: Public Communication in Everyday Life

*CMN 340: Visual Politics

**CMN 250: Social Movement Communication 

*CMN 214: Organizational Communication & Diversity 

*connotes Instructor of Record

**connotes Course Assistant 


Additional Campus Affiliations

Students Advising on Graduate Education (SAGE), 2020-2021

Graduate College Executive Committee, Graduate Representative, 2021-2023

Graduate Minor in Gender and Women's Studies, 2021-2022

We CU Community Engaged Scholars Program, Team Lead, 2021

Graduate College Grad Hourly Position - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office, 2022-2023

Graduate Representative for the Department of Communication's Diversity, Equity and Justice Committee, 2022-2023

Highlighted Publications

Journal Articles

Knoester, C., Allison, R., & Fields, V. T. (2023). Reconstructing, challenging, and negotiating sex/gender in sport: U.S. public opinion about transgender athletes' rights, rights for athletes with varied sex characteristics, sex testing, and gender segregation. Sociology of Sport Journal. DOI:        

Knoester, C., & Fields, V. T. (2020). Mother–child engagement in sports and outdoor activities: Intensive mothering, purposive leisure, and implications for health and relationship closeness. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 55(7), 933–952. DOI:

Fields, V. T., (2018). "The rhetorical discourse surrounding female intersex athletes." McNair Scholars Research Journal, 1(11), p. 31-43.


Book Reviews      

Fields, V. T. (2022). Politics for the Love of Fandom: Fan-Based Citizenship in a Digital World. Quarterly Journal of Speech.