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Recent Dissertations

2016

Prasch, Allison
“Constituting the Cold War Commonplace: U.S. Presidential Public Address and the Inventional Possibilities of Speaking In Situ
Advisor: Karlyn Campbell

Anderson, Sky
"Gaming Corporeality: Bridging the Artificial Divide between Players, Representations, and Characters"
Advisor: John Logie

Fischer, Mia
"Terrorizing Gender: Transgender Visibility and the Surveillance Practices of the U.S. Security State"
Advisor: Mary Douglas Vavrus

Bell, Shelby
"Inventing the Rule of Law: A Rhetorical Analysis of U.S. Supreme Court Per Curiam Opinions"
Advisor: Arthur Walzer

2015

Verhoye, Anna
“Unfreezing the Organizational Culture of the Catholic Church: An Analysis of Pope Francis' Organizational Culture Change Initiative Using the Transformational Leadership Theoretical Framework"
Advisor: Mark Pedelty

Verhoye, Jim 
"The Samson Society and the Rhetoric of Authentic Christian Brotherhood"
Advisor: Arthur Walzer

Horvath, Daniel
"A Rhetorical Hermeneutics of Danger: Leaks in the Digital Age" 
Advisor: Ronald W. Greene

Elias, Liora
"Post-Gay Television: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Marriage, and Bullying On and Off Screen"
Advisor: Laurie Ouellette

Zimmerman, Heidi
"Branding Environmentalism for TV: The Rise and Fall of Plant Green"
Advisor: Laurie Ouellette

2014

PhDs

Larson, Sean
“Rhetorical Ethics in the Comedy of Aristophanes”
Advisor: Edward Schiappa

Martinez, Mark
"Care of the Machine Self: Physiology, Cybernetics, Humanistic Systems in Ergonomics"
Advisor: Ronald Walter Greene

Schowalter, Dana
"Philanthropy as Gendered Global Governance: Philanthrocapitalism, Branded Citizenship, and the Selling of Corporate Social Responsibility"
Advisor: Mary Douglas Vavrus

Stevens, Shannon
"'Revolution in the countryside': Shifting Financial Paradigms Amid the Rhetoric of the 'Farm Crisis,' 1925-1933"
Advisor: Ronald Walter Greene

Weise, Lars
“The Politics of Personal Information Privacy for the Facebook Age -- Towards an Articulation and Assemblage Theory of PIP”
Advisor: Gilbert Rodman

MAs

Frank, Jay
"Finitude After After Finitude"
Advisor: Ronald Walter Greene

2013

PhDs

Bost, Matthew
"The Riddle of the Commune: The Rhetoric of Debt, History, and Community in Karl Marx's The Civil War in France"
Advisor: Ronald Walter Greene

Branson, Carolina
"The Discursive Construction of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Women's Popular Health Media and Medical Journals"
Advisor: Mary Douglas Vavrus

Hayes, Heather Ashley
"Violent Subjects: A Rhetorical Cartography of Bodies, Places, and Technologies in the Global War on Terror"
Advisor: Ronald Walter Greene

Hoffmann, Melody Lynn
"Our Bikes in the Middle of the Street: Community-building, Racism and Gentrification in Urban Bicycle Advocacy"
Advisor: Mary Douglas Vavrus

Ranachan, Kate
"Changing Rhythms: Media Globalisation in the English Premier Language"
Advisor: Ronald Walter Greene

Tiffe, Raechel
"Towards a Queerer Labor Movement: The Politics and Potential of LGBT-Labor Coalition"
Advisor: Gilbert Rodman

Williamson, Kasi
"Reading the Rhetoric of Universality: The Discursive Transformation of Race in 1930s Public Discourse"
Advisor: Kurt Wilson

Zhu, Min
"Perception of Social Loafing, Conflict and Emotion in the Process of Group Development"
Advisor: Dean Hewes

MAs

Hassoun, Daniel
"Strategic Ambiguity in the Production and Reception of War Dramas"
Advisor: Mary Douglas Vavrus

Rapp, Alison
"If It Makes You Happy and Doesn't Hurt Anybody: Adult Male Constructions of Identity as Fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Their Use of Facebook Communities"
Advisor: Edward Schiappa

Hiland, Alexander
"Rhetoric of Exception: Signing Statements, Sovereignty, and the Bush Presidency"
Advisor: Ronald Walter Greene

2012

PhDs

Croatt, Heidi
"Developing a Practical Parenting Workshop: A Case Study in Family Sexual Communication"
Advisor: Edward Schiappa

Isaacs, Alyssa M.
"Let's Talk About Sex: How Family Communication Patterns and Family Sexual Communication Impact Adolescents' and Emerging Adults' Sexual Outcomes"
Advisor: Ascan Koerner

Killian, Justin
"Gendered Voices: Rhetorical Agency and the Political Career of Hillary Rodham Clinton"
Advisor: Karlyn Kohrs Campbell

Kunde, Meg
"Ronald Reagan and the Resurgence of the Puritan Convenantal Tradition: The 'City on a Hill' and a Reorientation of the People of the United States into an 'Economy of Grace'"
Advisor: Karlyn Kohrs Campbell

Lee, Eunsoon
"The Role of Reactance and Positive Emotions in Persuasive Health Messages: Refining the Theory of Psychological Reactance and Testing the Theories of Emotions"
Advisor: Ascan Koerner

Leppert, Alice
"Lessons in the Labors of Love: Situation Comedies and Family Governance in the 1980s"
Advisor: Laurie Ouellette

Parmett, Helen Morgan
"'Down in the Treme': Media's Spatial Practices and the (re)Birth of a Neighborhood after Katrina"
Advisor: Laurie Ouellette

Paup, Emily Berg
"'A New Woman in Old Fashioned Times': Party Women and the Rhetorical Foundations of Political Womanhood"
Advisor: Karlyn Kohrs Campbell

Weglarz, Kristine
"Rock Band: The Political and Cultural Economy of Live Rock Performance"
Advisor: Mark Pedelty

Wolter, Sarah
"Serving, Informing and Inspiring Today's Female Athlete and Fan Postfeminist Neoliberal Discourse: A Critical Media Analysis of ESPNw"
Advisor: Mary Vavrus

MAs

Lechowich, Sarah Beth
Advisor: Edward Schiappa

Jansen, Angela
Advisor: Susanne Jones

2011

PhDs

Freeman, Linda
"Wall of Me: Facebook Self-Disclosure, Partner Responsiveness and Consequences for Intimacy Relationships"
Advisor: Ascan Koerner

Kuehl, Rebecca
"Toward a Feminist Rhetorical Theory of Global Citizenship"
Advisor: Karlyn Kohrs Campbell

Nadler, Anthony
"Making News Popular: Mobilizing U.S. News Audiences from the 1970s into the Digital Age"
Advisor: Mary Vavrus

Prody, Jessica
"Redefinining Citizenship: Lessons from Environmental Theory, Practice, and Rhetoric"
Advisor: Daniel Philippon

Wilson, Julie
"Idols of Goodwill: Caring Stars and the Making of Global Citizens"
Advisor: Laurie Ouellette

Weglarz, Kristine
"The Political and Cultural Economy of Life Rock Performance"
Advisor: Mark Pedelty

MAs

Cole, Erin
"The Economics of Labor and Authenticity in Minnesota Art Pottery"
Advisor: Laurie Ouellette

Cormany, Diane
"Coachella's Pilgrimage Site: Festival Fans and the Co-Production of Place"
Advisor: Gilbert Rodman

Hayden, Alexander
Advisor: Arthur Walzer

Page, Allison
"Making a Change: Race, Enterprise, and Neoliberal Governmentality on From G's to Gents"
Advisor: Laurie Ouellette

Patia, Kaitlyn
"Crossing the Border of Fear': Exploring Imitation, Imagination, and Affect in the Citizenship Enactment of Undocumented Immigrant Youth"
Advisor: Karlyn Kohrs Campbell