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Pam Axtman-Barker

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Contact Information

3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
702 South Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801

Office Hours

2022-2023: By appointment
Graduate Student


Pam is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication.  Her research investigates how abstract, complex issues are communicated through photography.  Recent projects studied photographs produced during the housing crisis in 2008 and the environmental movement in the 1970s. 

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Shy the Dalmatian/Beagle, and baking bread and cookies in the kitchen. She enjoys coffee and the rain, two influences from the time she spent living near Seattle for her undergraduate degree.

Research Interests

Visual Rhetoric, Photography, Environmental Rhetoric


MA, Syracuse University, Communication and Rhetorical Studies
BA, BAC, Pacific Lutheran University, Communication and Political Science

Awards and Honors

Distinguished Graduate Student in the Arts and Humanities - Fellowship

Courses Taught

CMN 375: Popular Media and Culture

CMN 340: Visual Politics

CMN 323: Argumentation

CMN 111 & 112: Introduction to Oral and Written Communication I & II

Additional Campus Affiliations

2020-2021: Communication Graduate Student Association (GSA) President

2019-2020: Communication Graduate Student Association (GSA) Vice-President