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Recent Dissertations

2018

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

2017

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

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

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, Ronald Walter Greene

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 Walter 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

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