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Ph.D. Communication, Texas A&M University (2013)
M.A. Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Syracuse University (2008)
B.A. Communication, University of Minnesota-Duluth (2005)
I joined the faculty at Winona State University in fall 2016. Professional and educational prospects led me to New York, Texas, and South Dakota, but I’m very glad to once again call Minnesota home. When not teaching classes or writing, I enjoy taking in the scenery afforded by living in Bluff Country, trying my hand at amateur photography, and strumming a ukulele to my family’s amusement. Though the organization has disbanded, I remain a card-carrying member of the Corduroy Appreciation Club.
To me, studying communication means learning about the many ways we define, debate, and delineate between competing ways to becoming better selves, sometimes in ways we had not imagined. As a student of rhetoric and public affairs, I’m interested in how political discourse broadly defined (speeches, displays, films, commemorative statues) influences the relationships between and among communities and institutions. To this end, I’ve published research on Barack Obama’s campaign rhetoric, Civil War symbolism, and the commemorative practices of the U.S. Senate. My favorite topics for class discussion are presidential rhetoric, civil disobedience, and the many ways of living with technology.
Courses Commonly Taught
CMST 191: Introduction to Public Speaking
CMST 283: Introduction to Rhetorical Studies
CMST 292: U.S. Multicultural Rhetoric (Civil Rights)
CMST 375: Argumentation and Advocacy
CMST 485: Senior Seminar