Amy Arellano

University of Texas-Tyler 2005 B.S. Communication
Texas State University-San Marcos 2007 M.A. Speech Communication

Research interests:

I am interested in trauma narratives, performance pedagogy, critical studies, and social movements. I balance my time between classes, coaching and civic advocacy.

Performance, Dialogue, and Debriefing: Examining Frank Oceans Coming Out. Teaching Media 1.3 (Spring 2013): 2-33.

Work in progress:
Word Wielding Womb: Poetry Speaking on the War on Women: Cultural Studies<-> Critical Methodoliges (In press)

The Use of Pathos in IPDA Debate (Book Chapter) Dr.   Jefferey Hobbs  and Amy Arellano (In press)

amyarellano@gmail.com
423 Oldfather Hall
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Sara Baker

Ph.D. student in Organizational Communication
B.A. from Virginia Tech
M.A. from San Diego State University

Research interests: Interpretive-critical approaches to organizational communication; gender, sex, and sexuality in communication; identity; GLB/TQ experiences; workplace dignity

Baker, S.J. (2013, November). You take yourselfl to work: Negotiating queer identities in the classroom. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Washington, DC.

Woods, C., Ewalt, J., & Baker, S.J. (2013). A matter of regionalism: Remembering Brandon Teena and Willa Cather at the Nebraska History Museum. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 99(3), 341-363. doi: 10.1080/00335630.2013.806818

Ewalt, J., & Baker, S.J. (2011, November). Girls love fashion and Boys Don't cry: Assembling the heteronormative voice at the Nebraska History Museum. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA. [Top Paper award]

Work in progress:
The communication of (in)dignity as experienced by LGB/TQ individuals in the workplace.

Additional Information:
Research Opportunities

sjbaker@huskers.unl.edu
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Raymond Blanton

Ph.D. student in Rhetoric & Public Culture
B.S. from Texas Christian University (TCU)

M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary

Research interests:
"Road" scholarship; visual rhetoric; cinema; social class; cultural/media studies; authenticity; sacred rhetoric.

Conference Papers:
Raymond Blanton. "American Dreams: Shepard Fairey's Obama Hope as Visual Ideograph," June, 2013 (for 2013 RSA Institute in Lawrence, Kansas).

Raymond Blanton. "Sacred Rhetoric: Paul, Augustine, and the Sacred Tradition," November 2013 (for 2013 NCA in Washington D.C.).

Work in Progress:
Raymond Blanton. "Remember the Alamo: Distraction as Attention in the Aesthetics of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema," May, 2013.

Raymond Blanton. "Beyond Borders: Inside/Outside the Lines -- Autheticity in Motion," May 2013.

Raymond Blanton. "Southern Hospitality: Easy Rider and Terry Southern," May 2013.

rblanton@huskers.unl.edu
418 Oldfather Hall
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Kathy Castle

M.A. from University of Nebraska - Lincoln
B.A. from University of Iowa

Research interests:
Kathy’s research interests lie at the intersection of health, illness, identity  and discourse. She is particularly interested in identity in chronic illness  and how the micropractices of talk shape and are shaped by the healthcare system in which individuals and families are situated. Ultimately, her research is aimed at finding ways in which we can, through our communicative practices, shape a healthcare system  that affords us an opportunity for sustainable opportunities for dialogue between all the stakeholders in health and illness so that we can improve communication, health and relational outcomes for those experiencing illness.

Conference Paper and Short Courses:
Castle, K., & Krone, K. (November, 2006). Re-Conceptualizing Individualization: Negotiating the Dialectics of Success. Presented at the 2006 National Communication Association Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Castle, K. (November, 2011). Developing Student Voice through Technology: Teaching the Business and Professional Communication Course Online. Presented at the 2011 National Communication Association Conference in New Orleans, LA.

Castle, K. (February 2012). Developing Student Voice through BlackBoard: Teaching the Business and Professional Communication Course Online. Presented at the 2012 BlackBoard Regional Conference in Lincoln, NE.

kcastle4@unl.edu
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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

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
422 Oldfather Hall
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Joshua Ewalt

B.S., Northern Michigan University
M.A., University of Nebraska

Publications:
Woods, C., Ewalt, J.P., & Baker, S. (2013). A matter of regionalism: Remembering Brandon Teena and Willa Cather at the Nebraska History Museum. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 99(3), 341-363.

Ewalt, J.P., Ohl, J.J., & Pfister, D.S. (2013). Activism, Deliberation and Networked Public Screens: Rhetorical Scenes from the Occupy Moment in Lincoln, Nebraska. Cultural Studies <==> Critical Methodologies 13, 173-190.

Ewalt, J.P. (2011). Mapping injustice: The world is witness, place-framing, and the politics of viewing on Google Earth. Communication, Culture, and Critique, 4(4), 333-354 (lead article).

Current Interests:
Regional Rhetorics; Spatial Politics and Public Culture; Detroit; Jacques Ranciere

joshua.ewalt3@huskers.unl.edu
419 Oldfather Hall
402-472-2070

Darrel Farmer

Ph.D. Student at the University of Nebraska Lincoln
B.A. Central Michigan University
M.A. Central Michigan University

Research Interests: Deliberative discourse, civic engagement in a networked society, argumentation and debate

Farmer, D. (2011). Police incongruity and the framing of arrest reports: The Henry Gates Jr. arrest as a case study of portrayals of race. Paper presented at the National Communication Association.

Farmer, D. (2011). Beyond the classroom: The challenges and opportunities of mentoring a debate team. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association.

Farmer, D. (2011). When I play, does civic engagement disappear? Final Fantasy and the counter culture narrative. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association.

dfarmer@huskers.unl.edu
413 Oldfather Hall
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Elizabeth Flood Grady

Ph.D. student in Interpersonal and Family Communication
M.S. from Illinois State University
B.A from Elmhurst College

Research interests:
Communication and sense-making in family and personal relationships, communication of social support, the connections between family communication, individual health, and treatment-seeking behaviors

Flood, E. M. (2012, March). Gendered perceptions of emotional support in romantic relationships. Paper presented at the meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Cleveland, OH.

Work in progress:
The impact of family communication on perceived stigma, attributions, and attitudes toward treatment seeking behaviors for depression.

Why she has to and he doesn’t: An examination of biological sex differences in the emotional support process.

Elizabeth.flood88@gmail.com422 Oldfather Hall
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Getachew Dinku Godana

Ph.D. student in Rhetoric & Public Culture
B.A. and M. A. from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia)

Research interests: rhetoric of community participation

Work in progress:

The Construction of the "the people" in Charity Singles-"We are the World" and "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

getdinku@yahoo.com
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Amanda Holman

Ph.D. student in Interpersonal and Family Communication
B.A. from Concordia College-Moorhead
M.A. from University of Montana

Research interests: communication and sense-making in family, adolescent, and personal relationships, storytelling of taboo topics in family relationships, nar rative development in adolescence, connection between communication, identity, and emotional/physical well-being.

Sillars, A., Holman, A., Richards, A., Jacobs, K., Reynolds-Dyke, A., Koerner, A. (in press). Conversation and conformity orientations as predictors of observed conflict in parent-adolescent relationships. Journal of Family Communication.

Stephenson-Abetz, J. & Holman, A. (2012). Home is where the heart is: Facebook and the negotiation of "old" and "new" relationships and selves during the transition to college. Western Journal of Communication, 76(2), 175-193. DOI: 10.1080/10570315.2011.654309 [Most downloaded manuscript of 2012]

Holman, A. & Sillars, A. (2011). Talk about "Hooking Up": The influence of college student social networks on non-relationship sex. Health Communication, 27(2), 205-216. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2011.575540

Work in progress:
Storytelling and sexual health, couples communication after miscarriage, couples sense making and perspective taking on difficult topics narrative development in adolescence.

amanda.holman@huskers.unl.edu
417 Oldfather Hall
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Christina Ivey

Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Public Culture
M.A. from Kansas State University
B.S. from West Texas A&M University

Research interests: Intersection of gender/spirituality, Embodiment of marginalized identity, Counterpublics, Social Movements, Performance art, Autoethnography, Creative Arts Therapies

Ivey, C.L. (2013).“But What Does It Mean?”: Incorporating Creative Arts Therapy into Forensics Pedagogy

Paper to be presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Washington D.C. November/2013

Ivey, C.L., Arellano, A., Ronnau, A. (2012). “No Matter What”: A Dialogic Analysis of Turning Points and Interaction in Parent/LGBT Child Relationships

Paper to be presented at National Communication Association Conference, Washington D.C. November/2013

Ivey, C. L. (2012). “Uh, What?” and other things my vagina said: Analyzing V-Day through autoethnography

Paper presented at the National Autoethnography Conference, San Angelo, TX. March/2013

Ivey, C. L. (2011). Equal and opposite?: An ideological look at Tea Party Jesus

Paper presented at Religious Communication Association Pre-conference, Orlando, FL. November/2012

Ivey, C. L. (2010). Using the lens of muted group theory: Empowering or constraining voices with technology

Paper presented at Oklahoma University Communication Conference, Norman, OK. April/2011

Ivey, C. L. (2009). Fighting fire with fire: A feminist analysis of Men Can Stop Rape

Paper accepted but not presented to Oklahoma University Communication Conference, Norman, OK. April/2010

Work in progress:

Establishing FEMEN as Revolutionary Style, Drag Queen as Angel in Drag U, DuoAutoethnography – Partnership in the Midst of SCOTUS Rulings on Prop 8/DOMA with A. Arellano

 

 

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Sarah Jones

Ph.D. student in Rhetoric & Public Culture and Assistant Coach of Speech & Debate Team
B.A. Hastings College
M.A. Minnesota State University-Mankato

Research interests: gender, rhetorical theory and criticism, resistance, transnational feminism, globalization from below

Publications:
Jones, S.L. (2013). The rhetoricity of conflict and peacebuilding. Paper to be presented for the Peace and Conflict Communication division at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association. Washington, D.C.
*Selected as a Top Student Paper

Jones, S.L. (2012). Counterpublicity, meteriality, and visual rhetoric: Making connections and extending arguments. Paper presented for the Rhetorical Theory and Criticism interest group at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association. Cleveland, OH.
*Selected as a Top Student Paper

Jones, S.L. (2012). A place of our own: Quaring small town gay bars. Paper presented for the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity interest group at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association. Cleveland, OH. Under review at Women's Studies in Communication.
*Selected as a Top Paper

Jones, S.L. (2010). Thinking globally, acting locally: Northern Ugandan women and The Open Cage. Women & Language, 33(2), 55-70.

sarah.jones@huskers.unl.edu 415 Oldfather Hall
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Jen Kienzle

M.A., San Francisco State University
B.A., California State University - Northridge

Research interests:

  • Networked Communication in Virtual Communities
  • Social Identity Approaches in Computer-Mediated Contexts
Current Project:
Kienzle, J, Soliz, J, Wertley, C. Interfaith Dialogue in Computer-Mediated Contexts.

Kienzle, J. Communication among Runners in Multiple Online Platforms: A Networked Perspective on VIrtual Community.

Past Research:
Hardy, J. (November 2012). Adult Sibling Communication after Parental Death: A Relational Dialectics Perspective. Paper presented at the National Communication Association conference in Orlando, Florida, November 2012.

Moore, J., Kienzle, J., Flood, E. (November 2013). A Dealogic Analysis of Marriage Proposals among Cohabilitating Couples. Paper to be presented at the National Communication Association conference in Washington D.C., November 2013.

jen@huskers.unl.edu
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Julia Moore

Ph.D. student in Interpersonal and Family Communication
B.A. from University of Washington
M.A. from San Diego State University

Research interests: discourses within and surrounding contested family forms; mediated representations of “deviant” identities

Moore, J., & Geist-Martin, P. (2013). Mediated representations of voluntary childlessness, 1900-2012. In D. Castañeda (Ed.), The essential handbook of women’s sexuality. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Moore, J. (2011, November). Voices of voluntary childlessness: Emergent pronatalist discourses and communicative resistance to reproduction. Manuscript presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA. [Top Five Paper, Ethnography Division]

Schultz, A., Moore, J., & Spitzberg, B. (in press). Once upon a midnight stalker: A content analysis of stalking in films. Western Journal of Communication.

jmoore@huskers.unl.edu418 Oldfather Hall
 (402) 472-3348

Audra Nuru

Ph.D. Student in Interpersonal and Family Communication
B.A. & M.A. from University of Central Florida

Research interests: The intersections of identities and how the interplay of familial and societal discourses impact understandings of ethnic/racial identities, LGBTQ identites, and familial and cultural identities. 

Nuru, A. K., & Soliz, J. (in press). Parental socialization of ethnic identity: Perspectives from multiethnic adults. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication.

Nuru, A.K. (in press). Between layers: Understanding the communicative negotiation of conflicting identities by transgender individuals. Communication Studies.  

Metts, S., Braithwaite, D.O., Schrodt, P., Wang, T., Holman, A.J., Nuru, A.K., & Stephenson Abetz, J. (2013). The experience and expression of stepchildren’s emotions at critical events in stepfamily life. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage. 

Work in progress: 

Nuru, A.K. . Communication and multiethnic/racial identity: Costa Rican perceptions of dialectical contradictions in communication about ethnicity/race

anuru@huskers.unl.edu
417 Oldfather Hall
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Jessy Ohl

Ph.D. student in Rhetoric & Public Culture
B.S. from Kansas State University
M.A. from The University of Alabama

Research interests:
Political communication, public memory, war rhetoric, rhetorical theory

Ohl, J., Pfister, D., Nader, M., & Griffin, D. (In press). Lakoff's theory of moral reasoning in presidential campaign advertisements, 1952-2012. Communication Studies, 64, xx.


Ohl, J. & Potter, J. (2013). United we lynch: The (re)membering of racial violence in Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America. Southern Journal of Communication, 78, 185-201

Ewalt, J., & Ohl, J. (2013). "We are still in the desert": Diaspora and the (de)territorialization of identity in discursive representations of the U.S. soldier. Culture and Organization, 3, 209-226


jjohl10@gmail.com
422 Oldfather Hall
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Allison Ronnau Bonander

Ph.D. student in Interpersonal and Family Communication
B.A. from The University of Nebraska – Lincoln
M.A. from The University of Alabama

Research Interests:  Communication in gender and sexual identity, sexual education communication, taboo topic avoidance and relational satisfaction.

Ronnau, A. (2012). Is Sex Still “Gendered”?:  A Critique of Campbell’s “Feminine Style” Through Contemporary Rhetoric.  A student paper presentation at the 2012 Southern States Communication Convention critiquing the use of ‘feminine’ rhetoric used to describe sexual activity. [Top Student Paper]

Ronnau, A. (2012).  Feminine Vs. Feminist: Conflicting Representations of Women in Modern Magazines.  A poster presentation at the 2012 Discerning Diverse Voices Communication and Information Symposium on Diversity analyzing representations of feminine and feminist ideologies within modern magazines targeted towards women.

Ronnau, A. (2012).  For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Cross Dressing When The Gay Pride Rainbow Becomes Too Much.  A paper presentation at the 2012 Discerning   Diverse Voices Communication and Information Symposium on Diversity discussing the intersectionality of sexual orientation and race in black lesbian relationships.
 

allisonbonander@gmaill.com
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Jenna Stephenson Abetz

Ph.D. student in Interpersonal & Family Communication
B.A. from James Madison University
M.A. from San Diego State University

Research Interests: the social construction of gender identity and identity work, work and family socialization, feminist theories

Stephenson Abetz, J. (2012). Everyday activism as a dialogic practice: Narratives of feminist daughters. Women's Studies in Communication, 35, 1-22.

Stephenson Abetz, J., & Holman, A. (2012). Home is where the heart is: Facebook and the negotiation of "old" and "new" during the transition to college. Western Journal of Communication, 76, 175-193.

Stephenson Abetz, J., & Alemán, M. W. (2012). Creating a consciousness of leadership: A case study of a university women's CR group. In A. Holba & E. Ruminski (Eds.) Communicative understandings of women's leadership development: From ceilings of glass to labyrinth paths (p. 113-134). Lexington Books: Lanham, MD.

jstephenson@huskers.unl.edu423 Oldfather Hall
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Chigozirim Utah

Ph.D. Organizational Comm, Secondary Rhetoric
M.A. Wichita State University
B.A. Angelo State University

Research Interests: civil society, organizational rhetoric and discourse, organizing in the African context, globalization, diaspora, postcolonial perspectives, national identity, community based participatory research.

Okafor, C., Utah, C. (2010) Nigeria: Past, Present and Future presented at the Global Learning Center May program, Wichita, Kansas

Utah, C. (2010) Customer Service in Financial, Communications and Business Service Companies in Nigeria: Impressions of Lagos Industry Executives presented at the Graduate Research and Scholarly Project (GRASP) program, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

Utah, C., Granville, M. (2010) Disaster Preparedness on the Plains: When the Breezes Are Not So Balmy and Light presented at the Sooner Communication Conference, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma Ballard-Reisch, D.S., Bahner, C., Epp, M., Hale, L., Hanley, R., Kendrick, K., Rogers, M., Rogers, N., Archiopoli, A., Granville, M., Rozzell, B., Utah, C., Williams, K.S. & Radebaugh, T.

(Dec. 2010) Development of the Falling LinKS Toolkit: An Example of a Community-Grounded Health Promotion Initiative. Poster presentation for "Celebrate Aging Research at Wichita State University" poster competition, WSU Regional Institute on Aging, Wichita, Kansas.

Work in progress:

Multinationals and Identity Construction: The Case of Telecommunications Corporations in Nigeria

Reconceptualizing civil society in Nigeria

chigozirim.utah@huskers.unl.edu
417 Oldfather Hall
(402) 472-3348

Alexis Zoe Waters

Ph.D. student in Interpersonal and Family Communication, secondary: Rhetoric
M.A. from Northeastern Illinois University
B.A. from University of Illinois at Chicago

Research interests: How individuals negotiate identity and communicate during times of distress and marginalization.
Primary focuses are in health communication and mediated communication.

Waters, A.Z.  (2010, November). Cancer: The hardest word in the dictionary to say. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, San Francisco, CA.

Waters, A.Z. (2010, February). The Sex life in your Second Life: An Ethnography Study of the Oversexualization of Women on Second Life. Paper Presented at Popular Culture Association/America Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Work in progress:
The Role of Social Media during Turning Points and Commitment in Romantic Relationships.

awater4@gmail.com
423 Oldfather Hall
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Chad Wertley

Ph.D. Candidate in Interpersonal & Family Communication
M.B.A. from Saint Louis University
B.S. from Miami University (Ohio)

Research Interests:
The relationship between identity and communication, and the role of media in influencing our perception of the self and others. Primary focuses: Intergroup Communication, Computer-Mediated Communication, and Pop Culture.

Publications and Conferences:
Wertley, C. (Forthcoming). 'You are not a true geek, I am': Communicative aggression's role in creating and maintaining geek culture. In B. Bolling & M. Smith (Eds.), Experiencing Comic-Con: Ethnographic accounts of a pop culture phenomenon. McFarland Press.

Wertley, C. (2012, March). "Shifting the piracy paradigm from thievery to consumerism." Paper presented to the Political Communication and Rhetorical Theory Interest Groups at the Central States Communication Association Annual Convention, Cleveland, OH.

Carlson, L., Laczniak, R., & Wertley, C. (2011). "Parental style: THe implications of what we know (and think we know)." Journal of Advertising Research, 51(2), 427-435

cwertley@huskers.unl.edu
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(402) 472-3348

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