Graduate | Current Graduate Students
Our current graduate students research and teach a diverse range of topics. They may be contacted through email.
Cory Barker: U.S. television networks, media industries, social media, and fan studies.
Joshua Trey Barnett: Currently, Joshua studies the visual rhetorical tactics of anti-toxic activists. Working at the crossroads of rhetoric, visual culture, and social theory, my research on both queer and environmental issues is published in Southern Communication Journal, the Journal of Leisure Research, and Speaker & Gavel as well as the edited volumes Just Leisure: Things We Believe In, and Public Speaking: The Virtual Text.
Amanda Bates: Japanese film and media, film history
Lisa Braverman: Rhetorics of space and place, intersections of performance studies and rhetoric, political participation, Israel
Shana Bridges: US political rhetoric, especially discourses of democracy, deliberation, and citizen incivility
Megan Brown: Film and videogames, fandom identity and hierarchies, subjectivity, immersion, and corporeal experience
Rebecca Butorac: Intersections between nonprofit and religious organizations as social and political actors; corporate philanthropy and social performance; civic engagement in higher education; and the politics of hunger
Josh Carney: Representations of US politics in Turkish news media, experience in Turkey
Aleena Chia: New media; digital media technologies and forms of selfhood
Kasia Chmielewska: Research interests are situated the intersection of gender and media studies, with special focus on Internet studies. Her dissertation project is a historical and critical investigation into the form and function of the Internet in a national context. She examines the emergence of Polish blogosphere, and the ways in which women’s blogs contribute to our understanding of nationally-specific gender and media formations
David Church: Horror, cult, and exploitation cinema; reception studies; taste politics; home film cultures; disability studies; cultural memory
Joshua Coonrod: Violent genres and children, within the larger question of how film has visualized children; trauma studies; horror films; stigma
Emily Cram: Rhetorics of bodies/embodiment, visual culture & citizenship, rhetorics of social movements, political emotion/affect studies, rural queer studies, fat studies
Jeremiah Donovan: Media theory, Television Studies
Kathleen de Onis: counter-public enclaves, construction(s) of the intersection(s) of climate justice, environmental justice, and reproductive justice, coalitional politics among immigrant Latinas and feminist groups
Danielle Fernandez: Metaphors that govern public attitudes to immigrants, media respresentations of immigrants, immigrations enforcement justice, immigrants as threat to national security, need for immigrant voices, linking social action and scholarship
Amanda Fleming: Serial killer narratives in popular culture, fan studies and 'bad' fandom, historical reception studies, television studies, narrative theory, genre theory, auteur theory, horror film, children's films,
national film/history (England, France, Brazil), and 16mm silent film
Christopher Gilbert: Intersection of rhetorical and cultural studies, role of political humor in the problem of public judgment, civic education and critical pedagogy, recovery of ancient rhetorics for contemporary rhetorical critique
James Gilmore: Post-9/11 cinema, genre theory and criticism, the superhero film, constructions of cultural/national identities in media, Orson Welles, media historiography
Antonio Golan: Public memory within the Spanish state; the role of memory in political conflict; radical dissent and rhetoric; and anarchist rhetoric
Jeremy Gordon: Rhetoric, peace and conflict, visual culture, journalism/photojournalism, digital culture, theatre arts, social justice, pedagogy/service learning
Forrest Greenwood: Animation, new media, Japanese area studies, fan studies, technology and form, interactivity, posthumanism, negotiations between reality and fantasy in media fan cultures, and the artificial lives of fictional characters.
Noelle Griffis: American avant-garde influence on "New Hollywood" film; "pre-cinematic" education os New Hollywood directors; historiography of relationships between avant-garde artists and filmmakers
Daniel Grinberg: War documentaries, trauma and memory, spatiality, postcolonial representations, media activism
Mark Hain: Silent-era cinema; reception studies; fan and audience studies; star studies; cultural memory studies; identity; remediation; children's media; horror films; lost films; queer theory; camp; representations of masculinity; German cinema; film archiving and preservation
Matthew Hale: Fandom and participatory culture, materiality/embodiment, media reception, and the art of/in everyday life.
Lori Hall-Araujo: Research takes a performance studies approach to identity construction through dress and costume particularly for Latin/a/o Americans. Her dissertation addresses these concerns through Chiquita banana inspiration Carmen Miranda and the Hollywood star's co-created meanings about Brazilianness
Blake Hallinan: Recommendation systems and the ways that algorithms affect the status of cultural objects, actors, and judgement.
Daniel Hassoun: Audience and reception studies; new media practices; media attention, distraction, and addiction; media multitasking and simultaneity; personal media in neoliberal work and education contexts; media and self-control; comics studies
Jennifer Heusel: Areas of interests include Rhetoric and Public Culture, Race, Higher Education, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Local, United States
James Hook: Theories of high and low culture, camp aesthetics in cult cinema, the sociology and politics of taste, horror films (and representations of the rural), reception studies and the role of nostalgia
Marsha Horsley: Black women subjectivity, media studies, and the Black Butch Body in visual culture
Laura Ivins-Hulley: Animation studies, animated performances, Czech surrealism, and film and video production
Julie Johnson Searcy: Ethnography and cultural performance, gender, circulation, medical discourse, science and technology studies, reproduction and HIV/AIDS
Jennifer Jones: Film studies, documentary, cultural studies, historiography, gender studies, stardom, background in documentary production
Beth Kaszynski: Visual rhetoric, public culture, and colonial/postcolonial theory - specifically looking at instances of representation in humanitarian aid and philanthropy.
Andrea Kelley: Intersections of U.S. cinema and popular music, media exhibition, history of media and technologies, African American Film, and culture studies
Saul Kutnicki: Exploitation cinema, specifically ethnographic, travelogue and educational films. Kitsch aesthetics and modes of "ugliness" in American popular culture. Taste politics and rhetorical theory in relation to spectacle and the grotesque.
Michael Lahey: Docu-drama narrative films and their relationship to nonfiction cinema
Julie Lavelle: Serial storytelling; popular culture narratives; film and television genres; gender, class, and mass culture
Martin Law: American Civil Rights rhetoric; the effect of temporal restrictions and contingencies on rhetorical constructions of race and national identity; Apocalyptic rhetoric and its role in narrativizing American race politics
Katie Lind: Environmental documentaries, environmental justice and activism, documentary film, visual rhetoric, advocacy, memory studies, social movements, and landscape studies.
Eran Livni: Performance studies, ethnography of reception, pop-folk music genres in the Balkas and the Middle East
Cole McGuffey: Continental Philosophy, Rhetorical theory/history, Environmental movements, popular culture, religious narratives, and public address
Bilal Maanaki: Prayer and Islamic prayer in its form, poetics, and ritualism. Prayer as theatre
Abigail Mack: Narrative and Ethnographic Technique, Rhetoric of Silence or Voicelessness, US Prison System, and Democracy
Scott Makstenieks: Domestic and international foreign policy rhetoric with a focus on Middle Eastern political dynamics surrounding articulations of democracy and the influence of nationalistic and Islamic cultural traditions
David Maxson: Rhetoric of demagoguery and threat construction; rhetorics of social movements; persuasive power of music; intersections of history, culture, technology and daily life
Christopher Miles: Biopower and biopolitics, informatics, science and technology studies, media history/archaeology, digital culture/gaming, posthumanities, animal studies, environmental history
Rudo Mudiwa: My research focuses on the ways in which mobility serves as a marker of liberal citizenship. I examine contexts in which the right to move though space is denied to raced and gendered bodies, paying particular attention to colonial and postcolonial Africa and 20th and 21st century America.
Norma Musi: Visual rhetoric, mainly the intersection between photography and citizenship. Social movements, political struggles and memory in Palestine-Israel.
Mark Nagle: Rhetoric, religion, secularism, public culture and public sphere theories, rhetorical pedagogy
Jason Nguyen: Vietnamese diaspora; identity politics; groups/communities/networks; cultural performance; diaspora studies; (trans-)nationalisms; semiotic approaches to cultural expressions
Maria Fernanda Arias Osorio: Film reception studies, historical film audiences, cultural studies, Latin America cinema, B-movies
Landon Palmer: Discourses of subcultural identity represented through popular music and musicians in British and American cinema. Additional research interests include jazz in animated children’s entertainment and the functions of sound recording technology in musical performance
Lorrie Palmer: Movie masculinity, global cinema, space/place/urbantheory, hypermedia, and American movie genres/history
Phillip Perdue: Visual dimensions of religious rhetoric in American politics; efficacy of religious symbolism in national identity and political life
Jessica Plassman: Environmental communication – performance of environmental identities, land allocation and national parks, environmental social justice, sustainability – visual rhetoric and public memory
Jason Qualls: Melodrama (as media genre and as cultural mode), sexual politics and neoliberalism; camp; queer theories of affect and alterity
Stephen Rahko: Myth in American public culture, especially rhetoric of US foreign policy and economics, engaged pedagogy
Javier Ramirez: Spectatorship; spectator "pleasure" as distinct from entertainment, identity construction in cinema and popular culture, Chicano literature, cinema and multiculturalism, spectator identification in Latin American films
Justin Rawlins: Historical reception studies, film and theatre history, star/celebrity studies, acting studies, critical race theory, gender studies
Natasha Ritsma: Memory, war, documentary photograpy, films and filmmaker
Jessica Rivers: Ethnographic research ion slam poetry clubs in Manhattan
Julia Rizzo: Digital Humanities (especially digital rhetoric, online culture and new media policy), the history of technology, and representations of gender and sexuality
Margaret Rossman: Teen and Tween Culture, Female Audiences and Fans, Viral Marketing and New Media
Jessica Rudy: Presentation and constructions of gender and queer identity in reality television and popular culture
Leonard "Will" Scheibel: Film history and criticism; Hollywood cinema; directors and their reputations; performance and stardom; styles and genres; gender studies; postwar cinema and American culture; modernisms and mid-century modernity; film and media theory; cinema and literature
Russell Sheaffer: Gender, sexuality, and queer theory as they relate to documentary, silent-era stag films, and experimental and avante garde film
April Smith: Rhetoric and media, global capitalism, American empire, dissent, and progressive activism in the 21st century
Cortney Smith: Rhetoric, race, the appropriation of mythical heroes in contemporary American culture, voices of dissent
Nancy Smith: New media, digital books, narrative, interactive design, and popular culture
Bridget Sutherland: Rhetoric and public culture, rhetorical construction of gender roles
Alexander Swanson: Horror genre studies, with directly related and intersecting research interests of technophobias, audience reception, fandoms, gender, and youth social rituals; Media literacy; Experimental film and video
Andy Uhrich: Illustrated lectures and early cinema, history of computer art, preservation and restoration of time-based media, amateur film and the origins of home video
Alyssa Waddill: Sexuality, media ethnography, technology, new media, learning, queer theory, gender -- the process and impact of learning about sexuality through media, particularly the internet
Kirstin Wagner: public memory, collective consciousness, traumatic reimagination and memorialization, cultural narrative
Bryan Walsh: Visual rhetoric, political emotion, memory, dissent against the "War on Terror"
Valerie Wieskamp: Gender, race, and ethnic representations in public discourse
Yun Jin Woo:
Zepnep Yasar: Media reception, film exhibition sites (including film festivals) and moviegoing practices, transnational media circulation, emerging urban film culture(s) in Istanbul, media ethnography
Bryan-Mitchell Young: Videogames, race, gender, and sexuality within the gamer subculture
Jennifer Zale: My main area of research interest is the influence of ballet on silent film, especially Russian silent film. While researching in Moscow I focused on Vera Karalli, a prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet who became one of the most prominent film stars in prerevolutionary Russia. I am also interested in Russian cinema in general as well as dance on screen from different time periods
Eric Zobel: Art as social action, experimental theater and film, performance studies