Recent Dissertations


Musleh, Samira
"The Unpleasantries of Love: Islamic Marital Economy & the Compensability of Reproductive Labor in Postcolonial Capitalism"
Advisor: Kate Lockwood Harris

Bennett, Stephen
"Palestine and the Middle East in the PopularFilmic Imaginary: Historical Memory, Grievable Lives, and Encountering theOther in Film"
Advisor: Catherine Squires

Knutson, Brittany
"Transjudicial Spaces: The Circulation and Disruption of Judicial Features in Cases of Sexual and Gendered Violence"
Advisor: Emily Winderman & Ronald Greene

Cho, Min Kyong
"Hurtful Message and Self-Concept: Parental Pessimistic Message and Emerging Adults’ Possible Selves."
Advisor: Ascan Koerner

Fitzsimmons, Kristin
"Gender Rolls: A History of Gender, Identity, and Nostalgia in Tabletop Roleplaying Games"
Advisor: Laurie Ouellette


Hamilton, Joy
"Ideal Tourist: Power, Identity, and Environmental Privilege in Tourism Marketing"
Advisor: Catherine Squires

Liu, Runchao
"Sounding Orientalism: Radical Sounds and Affects of Asian American Women Who Rock"
Advisor: Gilbert Rodman

Roy, Elja
"Art, Activism and Sundarbans: A case study of Musical Environmental Movement through Film"
Advisor: Mark Pedelty


Hristova, Elena
"The Speculative in Communication Research: Data, Identity, and the Pursuit of Professionalism, 1940-1960"
Advisor: Catherine Squires


Angelich, Christian
"Trope of Containment: Shale Oil, Risk Rhetoric, and the Lac-Mégantic Disaster"
Advisor: Mark Pedelty

Byrnes (Danielson), Carly
"Bystanders to College Bullying: An Application of the Bystander Intervention Model"
Advisor: Susanne Jones


Trifonov, Svilen
“The Rhetorical Dimensions of Citizenship: Undocumented Immigrants Defining Their Identity and Place in the ‘Nation of Immigrants’"
Advisor: Karlyn Campbell & Zornitsa Keremidchieva

Weinzimmer, Lauren
“Online and In the Spotlight: A Critical Analysis of The Beauty Vlogger"
Advisor: Laurie Ouellete

Youngvorst, Lucas
“The Influence of Communication Modality on Verbal Person-Centered Supportive Conversations between Friends"
Advisor: Susanne Jones

Bedor Hiland, Emma
“The Digital Transformation of Mental Health"
Advisor: Laurie Ouellette


Hiland, Al
“Sovereign Language: The Rhetoric of the Terror War Presidents"
Advisor: Ronald Greene

Jurisz, Rebecca
“Citizenship, Gender, and Intimacy: First Ladies in the Television Age"
Advisor: Laurie Ouellette


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 & Ronald Greene

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

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


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 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


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 Greene

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

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