Graduate Students

Masters Students

 

Andrew Gray

MS Student

adgray@mtu.edu
131 Walker

Research Interests

  • Andrew's research interests include critical theory and environmental, historical, and political rhetoric. He is especially interested in how the rhetoric of public policy influences and shapes citizens' participation in and expectation(s) of the public sphere.

Alexis Newton

MS Student

acnewton@mtu.edu
148 Walker

Research Interests

  • Alexis is interested in the intersection of popular and academic cultures as well as the interdisciplinary discourses surrounding these intersections. She is currently considering the way video/computer games are perceived as design rather than as fine art objects in order to address whether or not this status alters games' and gaming's ability to be considered viable modes of philosophic discourse.

Anna Paul

MS Student

487-2540
arpaul@mtu.net
146 Walker

Research Interests

  • Anna's research interests include technical communication, usability, and medical rhetoric and communication. She is particularly interested in exploring the usability of smart phone applications that women can use to track and manage fertility and reproduction.

Richard Ward

MS Student

richardw@mtu.edu
149 Walker

Research Interests

  • Richard’s particular interests are epistemic rhetoric, hermeneutics, and the rhetoric within historical texts. Specifically, he seeks to analyze the rhetorical strategies of documents created during major U.S. events, such as the revolutionary war, women’s suffrage, and the civil rights movement in order to understand and relay how these strategies might both inform pedagogy and inspire students in composition.

PhD Candidates and Students

 

Keshab Acharya

PhD Candidate

487-0915
krachary@mtu.edu
141 Walker

Research Interests

  • Keshab’s research interests include technical communication, usability studies, intercultural communication, rhetoric, and aging. His current project concentrates on “Older Adults as Audience in Technical Communication.” More specifically, his work focuses on the study of usability in informational documents for older adults.

Tom Adolphs

PhD Candidate

487-0916
tcadolph@mtu.edu
330 Walker

Research Interests

  • Thomas Adolphs’ interests include the theoretical implications of digitization’s impact on our experience, which is examined through the lens of existential and phenomenological philosophy. His current research, which explores digital technologies as impacting ontology, argues that social constructionism is an inadequate theory if we desire to comprehend digitization’s influence on the human being.

Yunana Ahmed

PhD Student

487-0974
yunanaa@mtu.edu
149 Walker

Research Interests

  • Yunana's research interests include critical discourse analysis, political discourse analysis, political communication, African rhetoric, and comparative and decolonial rhetoric. His current research focuses on presidential campaign discourse in Nigeria.

Kirsti Arko

PhD Student

487-4365
karko@mtu.edu
Walker 107C

Research Interests

  • Kirsti’s interests include writing centers, literacy, and pedagogy. Through exit interviews with graduating coaches, she has collected data on the coaching experience and its overall contribution towards their development. With this data, she will transfer the coaching model to a STEM curriculum for developing students’ professional skills.

Joel Beatty

PhD Student

487-0923
jsbeatty@mtu.edu
131 Walker

Research Interests

  • Visual Studies; Rhetoric; Scientific and Technical Communication; Philosophies of Science and Technology; Writing Across Disciplines.

Nathan Carpenter

PhD Candidate

Research Interests

  • Contextualizing and Rearticulating Collective Power in the Digital Era

Heather Deering

PhD Student

hldeerin@mtu.edu
146 Walker

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.

Silke Feltz

PhD Student

487-0919
shfeltz@mtu.edu
Walker 312

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

PhD Student

487-0970
sagallia@mtu.edu
332 Walker

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

PhD Student

487-0923
nhenaku@mtu.edu
142 Walker

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.

Ann Kitalong-Will

Phd Student

Jessica Lauer

PhD Candidate

487-0938
jlauer@mtu.edu
331 Walker

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.

April Lindala

PhD Student

Research Interests

  • April has multiple research interests: Indigenous studies; media literacy/visual studies; social justice within art, film, music, and performance; environmental justice studies/eco-criticism; creative nonfiction writing; and women, gender, and sexuality studies.

Wenjing Liu

PhD Student

487-0908
lwenjing@mtu.edu
146 Walker

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

PhD Student

487-0976
vdmanzie@mtu.edu
330 Walker

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.

Tolu Odebunmi

PhD Student

taodebun@mtu.edu
147 Walker

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.

Rebecca Soderna

PhD Candidate

487-0944
rasodern@mtu.edu
329D Walker

Research Interests

  • Becky’s research interests include cultural studies, cultural policy, and critical organizational communication. Her current project focuses on the relationship between government, the arts, and the people during the New Deal era, with a specific consideration of the Federal Theatre Project as a social welfare and economic relief effort.

Aranya Srijongjai

PhD Student

asrijong@mtu.edu
140 Walker

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

PhD Student

487-0940
ktweedal@mtu.edu
142 Walker

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.