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Shaimaa Khanam


Shaimaa is a current PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she also completed her MA. She is a Florida native, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida State University with her B.A. in Editing, Writing, and Media, and her B.S. in International Affairs. Her research interests sit at the crossroads of language and gender studies, the digital landscape, and consequences in the political realm. She is currently studying narrative sensemaking and how people communicate about sexual violence.


M.A. in Communication 

B.A. in English (Editing, Writing, and Media; Psychology minor)

B.S. in International Affairs (Religion minor)


Awards and Honors

Dale Brashers Memorial Fellowship

Department of Communication Distinguished Fellowship

Wayne Brockriede Graduate Fellow in Communication, The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Courses Taught


CMN 250 - Social Movement Communication

CMN 368 - Sexual Communication

CMN 340 - Visual Rhetoric

CMN 250 - Social Movement Communication

CMN 101 - Public Speaking



HUM 1920 - FIG Colloquium (FSU)