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Rhetoric and Public Culture | Dissertations

Representative Dissertations Directed by the Faculty in Rhetoric and Public Culture

Melanie Loehwing, “Democratic Vision: The Critical Optics of Homeless Publics.” Ph.D. diss., Indiana University, 2011.

Emily Downing, “Philanthropic Style: The Influence of Nonprofit Fundraising Practices on Community Deliberation and Judgment.” Ph.D. diss., Indiana University, 2011.

Jonathon Rossing, “Just Joking: Racial Comedy, Rhetorical Education, and Democratic Style.” Ph.D. diss., Indiana University, 2010.

Brian Amsden, “Liberal Rhetoric and the Youth Rights Debates.”  Ph.D. diss., Indiana University, 2010.

Jeffrey Motter, “Tending the Garden:  The Country Life Movement between Productivity and Sustainability.” Ph.D. diss., Indiana University, 2009.

Kelly Wilz, “From Caricatures to Characters:  Processes of Rehumanization in Iraq War Films.” Ph.D. diss., Indiana University, 2009.

Kathleen McConnell, “Inventing Pluralistic Education: Compulsory Schooling as a Technique of Democratic Deliberation.” Ph.D. diss., Indiana University, 2008.

Jeanette Castillo, “Agonistic Democracy and the Narrative of Distempered Elites:  An Analysis of Citizen Discourse on Political Message Forums.” Ph.D. diss., Indiana University, Department of Telecommunications, 2008.

Xianguang “Peter” Zhang, “Entrepreneurial Culture in Transition-Period China: A Rhetorical Critique.”  Ph.D. diss., Indiana University, 2008.

Isaac West, “Legal Trans/scripts: Transgender Rhetorics of Law and Everyday Life.” Ph.D. diss., Indiana University, 2008.

David Cochran, “Revolutionary Antislavery: Birth of an American Prophetic Tradition.” Ph.D. diss., Indiana University, 2008.

Darrel Enck-Wanzer, “The Intersectional Rhetorics of the Young Lords: Social Movement, Ideographs, Demand, and the Radical Democratic Imaginary.” Ph.D. diss., Indiana University, 2007.

Scott Welsh, "The Rhetorical Pursuit of Political Advantage: Toward a Rhetorical Theory for Democratic Politics." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2007.

David Worthington, “American Exceptionalism and the Shoah: The Case of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.” PhD diss., Indiana University, 2007).

Michael Butterworth, "Baseball and the Rhetorical Purification of America: The National Pastime After 9/11." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2006.

Arthur Piper, "Images and Visuality: Cultural Theory, Philosophy, and Neurobiology." PhD diss., University of Nottingham, 2006.

Suzanne Enck-Wanzer, "Site Unseen: Women's Agency in Contemporary American Constructions of Domestic Violence." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2005.

Jamie Skerski, "Re-Pairing Heterosexual Hegemony: Discursive Articulations of Female Subjectivity." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2005.

Sunil Manghani, "The Fall of the Berlin Wall: Image, Text and Visuality." PhD diss., University of Nottingham, 2005.

Courtney Bailey, "Covering the 'Face of History': Time's Visual Rhetoric of Gender." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2004.

Jeffrey A. Bennett, "Citizenship in Vein: Queer Identity and the Stigma of Banned Blood." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2004.

Trudie Ferrada, "Homage to Truth: Truth and Literature in the Spanish Civil War." PhD diss., University of Nottingham, 2004.

Victoria Godwin, "Feminist Identities and Popular Mediations of Wiccan Rhetoric." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2004.

David Moscowitz, "Nice Jewish Boys: Trope, Identity, and Politics in the Rhetorical Representation of Contemporary Tough Jews." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2004.

James Lavigne Cherney, "The Rhetorical Norms of Ableism." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2003.

Bryan Fisher, "Creating Citizens: Public Speaking Instruction for a Diverse Democratic Society." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2003.

George F. LaMaster, "Prophets in Dialogue: The Presbyterian Church (USA) and GLBT Ordination." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2003.

Stephen Olbrys, "'More Weight': Social Evil, Social Justice, and the Commodification of the Salem Witch Trials." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2003.

Alena Amato Ruggerio, "How Interpretation Becomes Truth: Biblical Feminist and Evangelical Complementarian Hermeneutics." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2003.

Stevie Schmiedel, "Contesting the Oedipal Legacy: Deleuzean vs Psychoanalytic Feminist Critical Theory." PhD diss., University of Nottingham, 2003.

Darryl Clark, "Jimmy Carter's Presidential and Post-Presidential Strategies for Waging Peace." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2002.

Larry Lambert, "Invoking the Machine: The Rhetorical Appeal to Machine Technology in American Whig Discourse." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2001.

Camille Kaminski Lewis, "'Whatsoever Things Are Lovely': Bob Jones University and the Romantic Rhetoric of Separation." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2001.

Irwin Mallin, "Identity and Instrumental Goals in Workplace Interaction in a Law Firm." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2001.

Daniel Schowalter, "Images of Traumatic History: The Visual Rhetorics of Holocaust." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2001.

Helen Tate, "Toward A Rhetorical History of 'Feminism': The Negotiation of Feminist Identity in Contemporary American Discourse." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2001.

Stephanie Houston Grey, "Representing Eating Disorders in America: The Rhetoric of a Modern Epidemic." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2000.

Kristina K. Horn Sheeler, "Women's Public Discourse and the Gendering of Leadership Culture: Ann Richards and Christine Todd Whitman Negotiate the Governorship." PhD diss., Indiana University, 2000.

Nathan A. Baxter, "Toward a Decorous Rhetoric of Public Theology: 'Evangelicals and Catholics Together': Betrayal, Alliance, or Good Beginning?" PhD diss., Indiana University, 1999.

Ben Franks, "Contemporary British Anarchism." PhD diss., University of Nottingham, 1999.

Karrin V. Anderson, "Complicating Political Identity: A Rhetorical Biography of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton." PhD diss., Indiana University, 1998.

Dexter Gordon, "A Rhetorical-Material Development of Black Ideology, 1817-1865." PhD diss., Indiana University, 1998.

Julie Marie Thompson, "Mommie Queerest: The Rhetoric of Ambivalence About 'Lesbian Mother' As An Oxymoron, 1970 to 1995." PhD diss., Indiana University, 1998.

Todd McDorman, "Transforming Death: The Rhetoric of Euthanasia." PhD diss., Indiana University, 1997.

Ariadne Joy Lieber, "The Motif of Joy in Hebrew Bible Prophecies: A Rhetorical Analysis of Zephaniah 3.14-20 and Jeremiah 31.1-13 (Hebrew Versions)." PhD diss., Indiana University, 1997

Thomas A. Vaughn, "The Quiet Critique: A Rhetorical History of the Film Career of Buster Keaton." PhD diss., Indiana University, 1997.

Robert S. Brown, "Football as a Rhetorical Site of National Reassurance: Managing the Crisis of the Kennedy Assassination." PhD diss., Indiana University, 1996.

Trevor Parry Giles, "Public Issue Construction and Rhetorical Access: The 1985 Banning of Real Lives--At The Edge of The Union in Great Britain." PhD diss., Indiana University, 1992.

Shawn Parry-Giles, “Exploring America’s Cold War Message: The Debate Over America’s First Peacetime Propaganda Program, l947-l953.”  Ph.D. diss., Indiana University, 1992.