Assistant Professor of Speech Communication
Ph.D., Communication, The University of Memphis
M.A., Communication, The University of Memphis
B.A., Communication Studies, Furman University
Research and/or Teaching Interests:
As a student and teacher of rhetoric and public address, I am professionally committed to investigating the ways that rhetoric imagines and sustains our democratic practices, with a specific emphasis on the intersections of gender, politics, and communication. I am currently working on projects related to southern culture and race, first ladies and presidential advising, and rhetorics of Biblical womanhood.
SPCH 140: Public Communication
Rhetoric: Concord and Controversy (co-edited with Antonio de Velasco). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, 2011.
“Jackie Joins Twitter: The Re-Circulation of ‘Campaign Wife.’” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 15 (Winter 2012), 667-674.
“Strong Frontrunner, Weak Woman: Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Politics of Pile On.” Venomous Speech: Problems with American Political Discourse on the Right and Left Volume 2, ed. Clarke Rountree. Santa Barbara, California: Praeger, 2013: 223-236.
Select Conference Presentations:
“Raising Children as Work: Ann Romney, Hilary Rosen, and the War on Women.” National Communication Association, Washington D.C. November 2013.
“Jackie Joins Twitter: The Re-Circulation of ‘Campaign Wife.’” Southern States Communication Association, San Antonio, Texas. March 2012.
“From the ‘Mother of Our Country’ to the ‘Mom-in-Chief’: First Lady Nicknames andtheir Rhetorical Power.” Eastern Communication Association, Arlington, Virginia. April 2011.
“‘A Proud Supporter of Barack Obama’: Rhetorical Transformation in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 DNC Keynote Address.” National Communication Association, San Francisco, California. November 2010.
“‘Being Ladylike Does Not Require Silence’: Betty Ford’s Remarks to the International Women’s Year Conference.” Tennessee Communication Association, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. September 2010.
Affiliate Faculty, Women’s and Gender Studies