Kristiana N Wright

Kristiana researches the rhetoric of the labor movement and the socialist tradition in the U.S. As an economic justice activist, she has been a leader in the campaigns for a $15 minimum wage in Oregon and the Twin Cities. Sponsored by the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, Kristiana 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