Current Grad Students

Jordan Allen

Jordan Allen

B.A in Psychology – Bio-psychological emphasis, University of Montana

M.A. in Communication Studies – Family and Interpersonal emphasis, University of Montana

Ph.D. student in Communication studies –Family and Interpersonal emphasis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Research Interests:

Atypical family communication, estrangement, twin communication, Non-Normative identities, critical interpersonal scholarship, relationships, critical-interpretive approaches to relationship studies, health communication.

Publications:

Allen, J., & Moore, J. (in press). Just because they are family doesn't mean you should have relationship with them": Troubling the functional/dysfunctional family binary in estrangement discourse. Manuscript submitted to Western Journal of Communication

Braithwaite, D.O., Allen, J., & Moore, J.  (in press). "Methods of Qualatative Validation: Data Conferencing." Invited chapter in Encyclopedia of Qualitative Communication Reports.

Curran,, To., & Allen, J., (in press). Family communication patterns, self-esteem and depressive symptoms: The mediating role of direct personalization of conflickt. Communication Reports.

Suter, E, Koenig-Kellas, J., Webb, S., & Allen, J. (in press) A tale of two mommies: (Re)Storying Family of Origin Narratives. Journal of Family Communication, 1-15.

Top Paper and Panel Presentations

Allen, J., & Moore, J. (2016, February). "Just because they are family doesn't mean you should have a relationship with them": Challenging the dysfunctional/functional finary in estrangement discourse. Presented at the Western States Communication Association. [Top Student Panel]. 

Allen, N., and Allen, J. (2016, February). "Complicating and Critiquing the Classical Twin Methodology: Decentering Biogentic Approaches to Twin Studies. Presented at the Western States Communication Association. [Top paper panel].

Braithwaite, D. O., Waldron, V., Allen, J., Oliver, B., Bergquist, G., Brockhage, K., Marsh, J., & Swords, N (2017, Nov). Turning Points of Adult Stepchildren in a Positive Relationship with a Stepparent. Presentedat the National Communication Association. [Top Paper Panel].

Koenig Kellas, J., Flood-Grady, E., & Allen, J. (2015, November). Perspective-faking and relational conflict: The impact of writing on communication and relationships over time. Presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Las Vegas. [Top paper].




allen.jordan75@gmail.com
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Nicole Allen

Nicole Allen

Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Public Culture

B.A. from University of Montana in Political Science and History

M.A. from The University of Montana Political Science

Research Interests:
International rhetorics, nations and nationalism, intercultural communication, time and temporality.

Publications (Works in Progress):

Allen, N.T.
 (2016, Spring). Polysemic Pussy Riot: Domestication on the Global Memoryscape. [In progress for publication]. Previously presented at the National Communication Association in the International and Intercultural Communication Division. 

Allen, N.T. (Spring, 2016). Delivery as Language Difference: Reconsidering the Role of the Babelian Challenge to Networked Rhetorics, Top Paper Western Communication Association Public Address Division.

Allen, N.T.
 (2016, Fall). Reconsidering Chronos: Daesh, Destruction, and the Museal Gaze. To be presented at the National Communication Association in the Rhetoric and Communication Theory Division.


Nicole.allen336@gmail.com 
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Nicole Allen

Chase Aunspach

Ph.D student in Rhetoric and Public Culture

M.A. Communication Studies, University of Nebraska.

B.A. Communication Studies and Sociology, University of Northern Iowa.

Research Interests:

Digital Culture, Field Methods, Gender, Identity, Materiality, Networked Media, Posthumanism, Queer Studies, Rhetorical Theory, Visual Culture

Conference Presentations:

Aunspach, C. (November 2016). “‘Not Simply as a Textbook or Clinical Case’: A Critical Microhistory of the University of Nebraska’s 1970 ‘Homosexual Problem.’” Paper to be presented to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies Division at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association. Philadelphia, PA. *Top Student Paper.

 Aunspach, C. (May 2016). “More Than an Imitation Game: Post-Humanism and the Rhetorical Passing of the Turing Test.” Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Rhetoric Society of America. Atlanta, GA.

 Aunspach, C. (April 2015). “From the Gay Bar to the Search Bar: Promiscuity, Identity, & Queer Mobility on Grindr.” Master’s thesis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. *Winner of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Folsom Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award

 

 

 

chase.aunspach@huskers.unl.edu 
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Nicole Allen

Gretchen Bergquist

B. S. University of Nebraska-Kearney, Communication Studies

M. S. Texas Christian University, Communication Studies


Research Interests:

Interpersonal and intergroup communication processes with a specific emphasis on the intersections of identity, communication, and difference in health and relational outcomes. 

 

gbergquist@huskers.unl.edu 
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Nicole Allen

Adam Blood

B.S.B.A Accountancy, University of Central Misssouri

M.A. Mass Communication, University of Central Missouri


Research Interests:
Ideograph and Myth, the Rhetoric of Loyalty, Religious Rhetoric and Argumentation.

Publications (Works in Progress):

The Need for Speed in Argument: A Discussion of the Role of Social Acceleration on Argumentation and Rhetoric 

Wild Bill the Antihero: The Rhetorical Construction of Historical Figures 

The Conundrum of Loyalty and the Market: The Discourses Surrounding LeBron James’ Leaving and Returning Home





adamblood1120@gmail.com 
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Nicole Allen

Katherine Brockhage

B.A. in Communication Studies from DePaul University

M.A. in Communication Studies from San Diego State University

Ph.D. in Communication Studies with an emphasis in interpersonal/family communication, and a specialization in gender and women’s studies.

Research Interests:

Interpersonal, family, and gender communication. Critical intersections of gender and interpersonal/family communication. Unhealthy romantic relationships, Discourses of reproduction, and feminism. I use qualitative interpretive, critical, and feminist methods to study the experiences of women in a variety of contexts.

Publications  and Presentations:

Brockhage, K. & Phillips, K. (in press). (Re)Negotiating our relationship: How contradiction emerge in sibling privacy boundaries. Southern Journal of Communication.

Brockhage, K. (2015, November). Discourses of donation: Exploring egg donors cultural discourses of motherhood. To be presented at the National Communication Association Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV.

Braithwaite, D. O., Abetz, J. S., Moore, J. & Brockhage, K. (2014, November). Communication structures of supplemental voluntary kin relationships. Presented at the National Communication Association Annual Convention in Chicago, IL.

Brockhage, K. Discourses of definitions: A thematic analysis of how young women discyrsively coonstruct abuse. (In progress).



kbrockha@gmail.com 
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Nicole Allen

Jonathan Carter

B.S. History and Communication Studies, Northwestern University

M.S. Communication Studies, Illinois State University

Research Interests:
Networked Rhetorics, Kenneth Burke, critical theory, memes, and technocratic rhetorics.

Publications:

Carter, J. (2015). Good Metonyms Make Great Metaphors: Embracing the Opportunities for Scientific Forms in Non-Scientific Contexts." Paper  to be presented at the National Communication Association Conference in Las Vegas, NV.  Top  Paper .

Carter, J. (2014). "From Bennington to Browsers:Extending Burkean Pedagogy into the Age of the MOOC." Paper  presented at the National Communication Association Conference in Chicago, Il.  Top Student Paper

Works in Progress:

Tries to Make Funny Meme // Develops Stieglerian Politics: Memes as Pharmakon in Control Society. 

 

jonathan.s.carter@gmail.com 
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Jordan Allen

Jamie Downing

Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Public Culture

B.A. & M.S. from Illinois State University

Research Interests:

Religious Rhetorical Rhetoric, Religious influence in the public sphere, Interfaith Dialogue

Publications:

Downing, J. L. (2013) An Ancient Modern Rhetoric: Calling Upon Traditional Rhetorical Practice in the Fight for Jewish Emancipation. Paper to be presented at the Religious Communication Association Conference in Washington, D.C. * Selected as Student Submission of the Year.

Works in Progress:

The Self-Hating Jew: Exploring the Rhetorical Spectacle of New Anti-Semitism

Standing in the Eye of the Storm: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious’ Response to the Congregation on Doctrinal Faith’s Doctrinal Assessment



jldowning4@huskers.unl.edu
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Jordan Allen

Kristen Everhart

B.A. in Communication with a minor in Political Science from San Diego State University

M.A. in Communication from San Diego State University

PPh.D. in Communication Studies with primary emphasis in health, interpersonal, and family communication.

Research Interests:

I am interested in how people’s communication in family and relational contexts shape or reflect their decision making or stress-coping processes, particularly in situations of identity or health crises. My most recent research examines how couples communicate about chronic illness in ways that facilitate individual, relational, and physiological health.

Conference Presentations:

Everhart, K. L., & Pauley, P. M. (2015).  Communicating childbirth: A memorable messages and control theory approach. Paper presented at the 101st annual meeting of the National Communication Association. Las Vegas, NV.

Moran, M.B., Lucas, M., Everhart, K., Morgan, A., & Prickett, E. (2015). Why are anti-vaccine messages so persuasive? A content analysis of anti-vaccine websites to inform the development of vaccine promotion strategies. Paper presented at the 143rd annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. Chicago, IL.

Everhart, K. L., Moran, M.B., & Pauley, P. M. (2015). Effect of Family Communication on College Binge Drinking: Strategies to Improve Parent-Child Anti-Substance Use Talks. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association. Madison, WI.



ke.learning2communicate@gmail.com
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Jordan Allen

Ashley Garcia

Ph.D. Student in Rhetoric and Public Culture (WGS Certificate)

M.A., Communication from Northern Arizona University

B.A., Communication Studies with an emphasis in Pre-Law from Northern Arizona University

B.S., Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish from Northern Arizona University

Research Interests:

Ideological Criticism, Human Rights, Women's Rights, Rhetoric of Identity & Difference, Transnational Feminism, Protest Rhetoric, and Autoethnography.

Works in Progress:

Garcia, A. D. (In progress). Negligent nipples: FEMEN's self-objectifying protests as global media events.

Garcia, A. D. (In progress). An appetite for change: The materiality of Jonathan Butler's hunger strike protest.

Foster, D. L., & Garcia, A. D. (In progress). The exploitation of pink by PINK: An ideological criticism of Victoria's Secret's PINK.

ashley.garcia@huskers.unl.edu
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Jordan Allen

Darcy L. Hahn

Ph.D student in interpersonal/family/health communication, with a specialization in gender and women’s studies

M.A. Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

B.A. Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Research Interests:

Interpersonal/family/health communication with an emphasis in gender and sexual communication specifically within the LGBTQ community. 

Conference Presentations:

Hahn, D. L. (2016, November). A qualitative communication privacy management analysis of revealing or concealing transgender identity to physicians. Paper to be presented at the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, Pensilvania. 

Hahn, D. L. (2015, May) Butch in the streets, femme in the sheets; an examination of lesbian dating scripts. Paper presented at the International Communication Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Awarded top thesis for interpersonal communication division.

dhahn@huskers.unl.edu
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Jordan Allen

Jaclyn Marsh

B.A. Broadcasting and Mass Communication, Baldwin-Wallace College

M.A. Communication Studies, University of North Carolina—Charlotte

Ph.D. student in Communication studies–Family and Interpersonal emphasis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Research Interests:

Non-Normative families, Atypical family communication, in-law relationships, relationships, interpretive approaches to relationship studies, with interest in health communication.

Presentations:

Braithwaite, D.O, Marsh, J., Tschampl-Diesing, C. L., & Leach, M. (2016, November). A diary study of the interaction and enactment of the family kinkeeper role. Selected for presentation at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia.

Braithwaite, D.O, Waldron, V. R., Allen, J., Bergquist, G., Brockhage, K., Marsh, J., Oliver, B. M., Swords, N., & Tschampl-Diesing, C. L. (2016, November). “Feeling warmth and close to her”: Turning points of adult stepchildren in a positive relationship with a stepparent. Selected for presentation at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia. * Top Four Paper, Family Communication Division

Johnson, B., Quinlan, M. M., & Marsh, J. (2016, October). Getting off the conveyor belt: Technology reproductive endocrinology and infertility practices. Selected for presentation at the annual conference of the Organization for the study of Communication, Language and Gender (OSCLG), Chicago.  



jaclyn.marsh@huskers.unl.edu
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Jordan Allen

Kaitlin Phillips

B.S. Texas Christian University (TCU)

M.S. Texas Christian University (TCU)

2016; Named a Presidential Fellow

Research interests:

Family communication: Family Identity, Sibling Rivalry, Identity Negotiation in the Family

Publications:

Brockhage, K., & Phillips, K. E. (in press). (Re)negotiating our relationship: How contradictions emerge in sibling privacy boundaries. Southern Journal of Communication.

Phillips, K. E. & Schrodt, P. Sibling confirmation as a moderator of rivalries and relational outcomes in sibling relationships. Journal of Family Communication, 15, 58-74. 

Phillips, K. E., & Schrodt, P. (in press). Sibling antagonism and shared family identity as mediators of differential parental treatment and relational outcomes in the sibling relationship. Western Journal of Communication.

Schrodt, P., & Phillips, K. E. (in press). Sibling self-disclosure and relational uncertainty as mediators of family  communication patterns and relational outcomes in the sibling relationship. Communication Monographs. Top Paper in Family Communication Division, NCA, 2015. 


kephillips@huskers.unl.edu
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Jordan Allen

Jen Rome

Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Public Culture

M.A. in Communication Studies-University of Nebraska-Omaha

B.S. in Secondary Education-Language Arts, University of Nebraska-Omaha

B.S. in Marketing, University of Scranton

Research Interests:

Rhetoric of health, science, and gender, social movement and protest rhetoric, women's and gender studies, transnational feminism, rhetoric of identity & difference, and critical pedagogy.

Works in Progress:

Rome, J. M. (2015). Exploring Rhetorical Ecologies of Male (In)fertility: Gaining Visibility and Voice Through Blogs.

Rome, J. M. (2015). The Percolation of Postpartum Depression: A Feminist Rhetorical Critique of Our Bodies, Ourselves.

Rome, J. M. (2015). Turning a Feminist Lens on Female Sexual Dysfunction: A Rhetorical Critique of the Discourses of Dysfunction and Desire.



jennifer.rome@huskers.unl.edu
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Jordan Allen

Carol Tschampl-Diesing

Certificat des Études in French Language and Culture, Université de Paris - La Sorbonne

B.A. in French, Central University of Iowa

B.A. in Mass Communication - Radio Broadcasting emphasis, Morningside College

M.A. in Speech Communication – Interpersonal and Intercultural emphasis, University of South Dakota

M.S. in Educational Administration – Secondary Education emphasis, University of Nebraska Omaha

Ph.D. Student in Communication Studies - Interpersonal and Family emphasis, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Research Interests:

Military Families, Military Servicemembers, Female Veterans, Mothers in the Military, Voluntary/Fictive Kin.

Conference Presentations:

Braithwaite, D.O., Waldron, V.R., Allen, J., Berquist, G., Brockhage, K., Marsh, J., Oliver, B., Swords, N., Tschampl-Diesing, C. (2016, November). (Top Paper). “Feeling warmth and close to her”: Turning points of adult stepchildren in a positive relationship with a stepparent. Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Braithwaite, D.O., Marsh, J., Tschampl-Diesing, C., Leach, M. (2016, November). A diary study of the interaction and enactment of the family kinkeeper role. Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Tschampl-Diesing, C. (2015, April). Effects of deployment on family communication: A narrative inquiry of a mother in the military. Paper presented at the annual Gender Matters Conference, University Park, IL.

c.tschampl_diesing@yahoo.com
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Jordan Allen

Janell Walther

B.A., Kansas State University

M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Research Interests:

Public and civic engagement, science communication.

Publications:

Walther, J.C. (2016). Technically Speaking: Sharing complex information with juries. American Bar Association Expert Witness Newsletter, 11:1.

Walther, J.C., & PytlikZillig, L.M. (2015, November). City and academic collaboration: Fostering opportunities for public and research based decision-making. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV. 

Hutchens, M.J., PytlikZillig, L.M., Muhlberger, P., Tomkins, A.J., Anderson, R.P., Walther, J.C., & Gonzalez, F.J. (2014, May). Message or process? Learning about nanotechnology through engaged deliberation. Paper presented at International Communication Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.

Website:
https://nebraska.academia.edu/JanellWalther

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