Graduate Student Research

Graduate students in the Department of Communication participate in research in a variety of ways. In addition to developing their own projects, they collaborate with faculty, with other graduate students, and with undergraduate students as well. Here is a sample of current and recent research projects in the department:


Select Dissertation Projects, 2015-17 (by area of study)

Rhetoric and Public Discourse 

  • Anita Mixon, "Women Speaking in and for Institutions: A Rhetorical History of the Politics of Respectability in Black Chicago, 1919-1939." Advisor: Cara Finnegan.
  • Katie Irwin, "Feminism from the Farm: Rural and Farm Women's Authorship and the Future of Rural America, 1920-1929." Advisor: Cara Finnegan.
  • Jillian Klean Zwilling, “‘Euphemistic Rhetoric in Advertising during the Comstock Era: The Importance of Persona and Cultural Context in the Lysol Case." Advisor: Cara Finnegan.
  • Mark LaVoie, "Telling the Soviet Redemption Story: Ronald Reagan's Changing Soviet Rhetoric." Advisor: John Murphy.
  • Marissa Wallace, "Boundaries and Traditions: Defining American Evangelicalism from 1965-1980." Advisor: John Murphy.
  • Laura Stengrim, "An American Rhetoric of Globalism: Peace Through International Economic Cooperation in the World War II Era." Advisors: Cara Finnegan & John Murphy.
  • Jermaine Martinez, "Rhetorical Dimensions of 20th Century Depression Memoirs: Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, William Styron's Darkness Visible, & Kay Redfield Jamison's An Unquiet Mind." Advisor: Ned O'Gorman.
  • George Boone, "Video Game Rhetoric and Materialistic Contingency: Genre, Circulation, and Narrative." Advisor: Ned O'Gorman.
  • Rohini Singh, "In the Company of Citizens: The Rhetoric of Singapore, Inc." Advisor: John Murphy.

Communication and Organizations

  • Claudia Montero Liberona, "Institutionalization of Anti-obsesity Messages in Chilean Schools." Advisor: John Lammers.
  • Natalie Lambert, "More Than Communities: Organizing in Online Interactions Spaces." Advisors: Scott Poole & John Lammers.
  • Andrew Pilny, "Social Movements as Networks of Communication Episodes." Advisor: Scott Poole.

Communication and Health

  • Macarena Pena y Lillo Araya, "An Extended Communication Inequalities Approach to Disparities in Obesity Preventive Behaviors." Advisor: Chul-joo Lee.
  • Nicole LaVoie, "From Scaring to Stigma: An Examination of Stigma's and Related Constructs' Association with EPPM-Framed Messages and the Ethical Dilemmas of Health Communication." Advisor: Travis Dixon.
  • Kira Varava, "Priming, Social Norms, and Eating Behavior: An Investigation of the Impact of Food Advertisements and Norms on Consumption." Advisors: David Tewksbury & Brian Quick.

Mediated Communication and Technology

  • Nicole LaVoie, "From Scaring to Stigma: An Examination of Stigma's and Related Constructs' Association with EPPM-Framed Messages and the Ethical Dilemmas of Health Communication." Advisor: Travis Dixon.
  • Christopher Josey, "Race and Stereotypes in New Media: An Examination of How Internet News Frames Persons of Color." Advisor: Travis Dixon.
  • George Boone, "Video Game Rhetoric and Materialistic Contingency: Genre, Circulation, and Narrative." Advisor: Ned O'Gorman.
  • Min Tang, "Tencent as a Nexus: The Political Economy of China's Internet Industry." Advisor: Dan Schiller.
  • Julius Riles, "Exploring the Impact of Media Consumption on Interpersonal Interactions Intentions: An Examination of the Social Effect of Exposure to Mental Illness." Advisor: David Tewksbury.
  • Kristin Drogos, "The Relationship Between Social Network Sites and Adolescent Identity Development." Advisor: Barbara Wilson. 

Communication and Culture

  • Claudia Montero Liberona, "Institutionalization of Anti-obsesity Messages in Chilean Schools." Advisor: John Lammers.
  • Laura Stengrim, "An American Rhetoric of Globalism: Peace Through International Economic Cooperation in the World War II Era." Advisors: Cara Finnegan & John Murphy.
  • Jermaine Martinez, "Rhetorical Dimensions of 20th Century Depression Memoirs: Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, William Styron's Darkness Visible, & Kay Redfield Jamison's An Unquiet Mind." Advisor: Ned O'Gorman.
  • Min Tang, "Tencent as a Nexus: The Political Economy of China's Internet Industry." Advisor: Dan Schiller.

Interpersonal Communication

  • Ningxin Wang, "Social Support in Parent-Child Relationships during Emerging Adulthood: Examining the Effects of Mundane Support and the Support Gap Phenomenon." Advisor: John Caughlin
  • Kimberly Pusateri, "'It was Part of the Water We Were Moving in, the Air We Were Breathing': Parent and Adult-Child Communication Across a Mother's Breast Cancer Trajectory." Advisor: John Caughlin.
  • Erin Basinger, "Coping with Type 2 Diabetes in the Family Context: A Communal Coping Perspective." Advisor: John Caughlin.
  • Amy Delaney, "Mechanisms of Turbulance, Sexual Intimacy Challenges, and Sexual Communication in Depressed Couples." Advisor: Leanne Knobloch.

 

Complete List of All Dissertations Completed in the Department of Communication, 1951-present



Mentoring Through Research and Practice: Undergraduate Research Opportunities 
MTRP is a program that pairs undergraduate students with graduate students to provide undergraduates with hands-on, practical research experience and the opportunity to develop a close, working relationship with a graduate student mentor. For more information on the program and to see examples of recent grad/undergrad research collaborations, see the Undergraduate Research Opportunities page.