Brandi is an Associate Professor and Chair of Communication Studies at the University of San Francisco. She is an educator, advocate, and mother.


We asked Brandi Lawless some quirky questions to get to know her better:  


🍽 What person living or dead would you invite to your dream dinner party?


I would dine with bell hooks—her writing inspired me, my research, and every student I’ve ever taught.


🐘 What is your spirit animal—please explain? 


My spirit animal is a an elephant. It represents loyalty, strength, and nurturing on a big level.


🎶 What is your theme song?


My theme song is I’ll Be There for You by The Rembrandts. The song reminds me of my support network and how we will always show up for each other.


🏝 What 3 things would you take to a Desert Island?


A good book (maybe The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd), my guitar, and my phone (for connection).


✈️ Where is the best destination you’ve ever been?


I loved walking around the small town of Brugge, Belgium. I could see everything in a day, eat delicious treats, and meet new people.


🦸‍♀️ If you could have a superpower, what would it be… and what would your superhero name be?


My Superhero power would be invisibility. I’d be a fly on the wall, listening to different perspectives. My name would be Dr. Vanish.


🧞‍♂️ If you had one wish to improve the world, what would you change?


I wish we could get rid of guns. I hope to live to see a day where we can send our kids to school without the threat of gun violence.


🔭 If you had chosen another path in life, what might you be doing now?


In another life, I would have been an astronomer.


📚 Which books do you recommend to others?


The Giver by Lois Lowry 

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer 

Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks 

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides


❤️ Name three self-care practices you have adopted to treat yourself well?


Yoga, meditation and music.

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