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Sky Anderson

Sky LaRell Anderson

PhD student, rhetorical studies

Sky LaRell Anderson is a rhetoric and media theorist and critic specializing in video game studies. His interest in media and rhetoric began while studying at Colorado State University for his MA degree, and he has since written a Master's thesis, conference papers, and journal articles about rhetoric found within films, television programs, and, most recently, video games.

Specifically, Sky is interested in games as texts and how they invite particular forms of engagement from players. While games themselves may operate as a system of processes or algorithms, and thus their rhetoric reflects their technological boundaries, player engagement with those processes is an often disregarded aspect of games research. Scholars and popular commentators alike throw about the overused word "interactivity" to describe how games engage players, but Sky's aim is delve deeper in order to discover other form of rhetorical engagement. He thinks interactivity may be just the tip of the iceberg.

Sky's research and teaching goals revolve around the central premises that communication matters. It surrounds us in the form of media technologies, and becoming literate in those technologies equips us to improve our life spaces and the world at large.

Wes Hansen

Wes Hansen

PhD student, interpersonal communications

Wes Hansen is a graduate instructor and PhD student in the Department of Communication Studies. Wes is also affiliated with the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy & Development through his minor in International Education. His research interests involve intergroup interactions, perceptions, and behavior within the context of the globalized world and higher education.

In addition to being passionate about his research area, he is also driven in his teaching, training, pursuit of travel and outdoor adventures, love for language and cultural learning, his family, and the Green Bay Packers. Languages: English, Spanish, & Portuguese.

Allison Page

PhD student, critical media studies

Allison Page is a PhD candidate in communication studies, specializing in critical media studies and minoring in American studies. Her research interests include race, media and citizenship, consumer culture, affect, feminist and critical theory, and neoliberalism. Her dissertation, "Pedagogies of Slavery," is an archival study of how post-1960s popular television, film, and new media about US chattel slavery function as pedagogical technologies of racialized citizenship.

Allison Prasch

Allison Prasch

PhD student, rhetorical studies

Allison M. Prasch is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication Studies. Her research focuses on presidential rhetoric and foreign policy, US public address, classical rhetoric, political communication, and women in politics. She has done work on Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan.

Allison's dissertation project examines the intersections between presidential speeches of commemoration, public memory, and space/place.