Kristiana N Wright

Kristiana researches the rhetoric of the labor movement and the socialist tradition in the U.S. Her developing project argues for the importance of storytelling in collective action for economic justice by looking at how labor movement organizations have been part of the fight for a $15 minimum wage. A scholar activist, Kristiana has been a leader in the Fight for $15 in Oregon and Minneapolis. Sponsored by the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, she heads a mini-internship program that introduces undergraduates to union organizing and grassroots politics.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Rhetorical Studies, University of Minnesota, 2021 (expected).
  • Master of Arts: Rhetorical Studies, University of Minnesota, 2017.
  • Bachelor of Science: Communication Studies, Southern Oregon University, 2015.


  • Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • Political Communication
  • Activism and Social Justice
  • Economics, Communication, and Society
  • Labor and Working-Class History
  • Ethnography
Courses Taught
  • Analysis of Argument (COMM 1313W)
  • Introduction to Public Speaking (COMM 1101)
  • Top Student Paper: “Frame Reconstruction in Hegemonic Discourse: A Theory of Rhetoric Applied to Social Movements for a $15 Minimum Wage.” Political Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2015
  • Outstanding Service to Communication Studies. Department of Communication, Southern Oregon University, 2015
  • Executive Cabinet Member of the Year. Associated Students of Southern Oregon University, 2014