Graduate Students

Masters Students

Olayemi Awotayo

Olayemi Awotayo

  • MS Student
Laura Chiesa

Laura Vidal Chiesa

  • MS Student

Research Interests

Feminism, gender issues and the rhetoric in the politic discourse (focused on latinoamerican females leaders Eva Perón and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner). 

Alice Clapie

Alice Clapie

  • MS Student
Federico Correa

Federico Correa

  • MS Student
Nancy Frimpong

Nancy Achiaa Frimpong

  • MS Student
Nicholas Gerstner

Nicholas Gerstner

  • MS Student

Research Interests

My research interests include the theories and practice of composition and rhetoric pedagogy, the history of science and technology, scientific literacy, popular science, and the history of anti-intellectualism in the US.

Linford Lamptey

Linford Lamptey

  • MS Student
Matias Larramendi

Matias Larramendi

  • MS Student
Emma Lozon

Emma Lozon

  • MS Student
Megan Pietruszewski

Megan Pietruszewski

  • MS Student
Emily Simmons

Emily Simmons

  • MS Student
Anna Swartz

Anna Swartz

  • MS Student

Research Interests

  • Anna’s research interests include bioethics, philosophy of psychiatry, critical theory, and prison reform. Specifically, she is interested in the intersection of mental health and the criminal justice system and is currently exploring ethical issues related to the treatment and punishment of mentally ill prisoners as well as the use and effects of solitary confinement. She keeps a blog about her ongoing research at http://www.annaswartz.com.

PhD Candidates and Students

Gabriel Agbozo

Gabriel Edzordzi Agbozo

  • PhD Student
Nada Alfeir

Nada Alfeir

  • PhD Student
Joshua Chase

Joshua Chase

  • PhD Student
Marina Choy

Marina Choy

  • PhD Student
Heather Deering

Heather Deering

  • PhD Student

Research Interests

  • Heather’s research interests include infertility, reproductive technologies, the clinical gaze, and theories of spatiality. One of her most recent projects concerns infertility and female embodiment through the visualization of the transvaginal ultrasound. Gazing through the lens of Foucault’s theories of spatiality, she has also explored LeCorbusier’s refashioning of subjectivity through the architectural form of whitewashing.
William DeHerder

William DeHerder

  • PhD Student
Silke Feltz

Silke Feltz

  • PhD Student

Research Interests

  • Silke’s current interests are exploring animal ethics and combining a knitting charity project with service learning/service teaching components. She is especially concerned with the disjuncture between our discussion of and our treatment of animals. In particular, examining the rhetoric used on animals, which often fragments them, can help shed light on the complicated nature of animal rights.
Shelly Galliah

Shelly Galliah

  • PhD Student

Research Interests

  • Shelly’s research interests include speculative fiction, satire, comedy, faux news, the philosophy of technology, popular science, and rhetoric. Of special interest are the intersections between comedy and rhetoric and the ambiguous role of comedians as public intellectuals, particularly their responsibilities when weighing in on political matters as well as on contentious scientific controversies.
Nancy Henaku

Nancy Henaku

  • PhD Student

Research Interests

  • Nancy works primarily at the intersection of discourse analysis, rhetoric, and literary studies with an emphasis on the relations between discourse, subalternity, and power. She has completed work on style in Ama Ata Aidoo’s narratives and has investigated issues of language and power in an electoral campaign.
Aaron Hoover

Aaron Hoover

  • PhD Student
Geethu Jose

Geethu Madeckal Jose

  • PhD Student
Jessica Lauer

Jessica Lauer

  • PhD Candidate

Research Interests

  • Jessica's research interests include food studies, the history and philosophy of technology, and histories of education and pedagogical movements in the U.S. Her current project examines secondary teacher education in technical writing and rhetoric.
Wenjing Liu

Wenjing Liu

  • PhD Student

Research Interests

  • Wenjing Liu's research interests include cultural studies, theories of feminism, and theoretical perspectives on everyday technologies. Her current project is about how bio-technologies, such as reproductive technologies and cosmetic technologies, shape females' understandings of their identities.
Vincent Manzie

Vincent Manzie

  • PhD Student

Research Interests

  • Vincent’s research interests include risk communication, corporate crisis rhetoric, organizational culture, and communication theories. His current project examines rhetoric, power, and agency in a post-colonial conflict set in Cameroon, which involved claims from indigenous, environmental, governmental, and multinational stakeholders.
Donna Mathew

Donna Mathew

  • PhD Student
Veena Namboodri

Veena Namboodri

  • PhD Student
Tolu Odebunmi

Tolu Odebunmi

  • PhD Student

Research Interests

  • Tolu has an abiding interest in how discourses are employed to assign people to particular social categories. Her other areas of interest include Gender Studies, Black Studies, and Cultural Studies. She has previously conducted research on the sociolinguistics of major Nigerian popular culture forms, including Nollywood and Naija Hip-hop.
Kikelomo Omonojo

Kikelomo Omonojo

  • PhD Student

Research Interests

My research interest is on rhetorical representation of physical disability in selected African fiction, particularly the work of Florence Serwaa Oteng and John Maxwell Coetzee. I will look at the rhetoric of disability in selected works with a view to finding the general perception of disability. Particular emphasis will be placed on the issue of identity and the other. Critical evaluation will be made of types and stereotypes. Disability as a motif will be problematized and efforts will be made to prescribe the representation of disability.

Sara Potter

Sara Potter

  • PhD Student
Elizabeth Reblin

Elizabeth Reblin

  • PhD Student
Aranya Srijongjai

Aranya Srijongjai

  • PhD Student

Research Interests

  • Aranya’s research interests include cross-language composition, EFL writing, Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), and multimodal composition. In her present project, she is exploring the application of new media studies in order to restructure remedial programs for college-level English composition.
Kimberly Tweedale

Kimberly Tweedale

  • PhD Student

Research Interests

  • Kimberly’s research interests include literacy, technology, and the relationship between curricular and extracurricular learning. Her current focus considers how digital literacies are rhetorically constructed, sponsored, and valued in different contexts.
Hua Wang

Hua Wang

  • PhD Student
Richard Ward

Richard Ward

  • PhD Student

Research Interests

Richard’s research interests center around technical communication and composition pedagogies and the emphasizing of interdisciplinary collaborations that strengthen the university’s community literacy through a unified science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). His present work applies this research in the technical communication classroom, where his students engage in service learning that applies their STEM experience to the industry and business of the visual and performing arts.

Modupe Yusuf

Modupe Yusuf

  • PhD Student