Morgan April

morgan.april@huskers.unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 354
(402) 472-3348

Education

  • Ph.D. student in Interpersonal and Family Communication, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.S. Communication Studies, Texas Christian University
  • B.A. Communication Studies, University of Kansas

Research Interests

Interpersonal and family communication processes that influence and are influenced by identity complexities with a focus on difficult situations (i.e., health diagnoses, parental infidelity), resilience, and psychosocial well-being.

Select Publications and Presentations

Soliz, J., & April, M. (forthcoming). Family communication as...social identity. In K. Denker, J. Manning, & J. Allen (Eds.), Family Communication As... Metaphors for Family Communication. Wiley.

April, M., Harter, L. M., Defenbaugh, N. L., Cook-Jackson, A., & Anderson-Lain, K. At the crossroads of communication & chronic illness: Giving voice, creating space, and forging inclusive pathways for scholars with invisible physical disabilities. Discussion panel presenter at the 2020 annual meeting of the National Communication Association Conference in Indianapolis, IN.

April, M., Palmer-Wackerly, A. L. , Brock, R. L., & Soliz, J. Perceived severity of chronic illness diagnosis and psychosocial well-being: Exploring the affect and amount of identity change. Presented at the 2019 annual meeting of the National Communication Association Conference (Baltimore), 2019 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Communication Studies Colloquium, and 2019 annual Spring Creative Activity & Research Fair in Lincoln, NE.

April, M., & Schrodt, P. (2018). Person-centered messages, attributions of responsibility, and the willingness to forgive parental infidelity. Communication Studies, 1-20. doi:10.1080/10510974.2018.1469525

Morgan April

Chase Aunspach

chase.aunspach@huskers.unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 356
(402) 472-3348

Education

  • Ph.D student in Rhetoric and Public Culture with a specialization in Women’s and Gender Studies and minor in English.
  • M.A. Communication Studies, University of Nebraska.
  • B.A. Communication Studies and Sociology, University of Northern Iowa.

Research Interests

Critical Theory, Digital Culture, Field Methods, Masculinity, Materiality, Networked Media, Posthumanism, Queer Studies, Rhetorical Theory, Visual Culture.

Publications and Select Presentations

Aunspach, C. (In Press). "'Discrete' and 'Looking' (to Profit): Homoconnectivity on Grindr." Critical Studies in Media Communication.

Aunspach, C. (2020, May). "Queering the Map and Mapping Queerness: Toward a Hyperobject/ionable Criticism." Paper to be presented at the biannual meeting of the Rhetoric Society of America. Portland, OR.

Aunspach, C., & C. R. Kelly. (2020, May). "Smirk: An Affective Form of White Masculine Supremacy." Paper to be presented at the biannual meeting of the Rhetoric Society of America. Portland, OR.

Aunspach, C. (2019, April). "Taking the Bull(sh*t) by the Horns: r/RedPillWomen and the Entrepreneurship of the Relational Marketplace." Paper presented to the Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association. Omaha, NE. Top Panel.

Chase Aunspach

Tyler Behymer

tbehymer2@huskers.unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall 364

Education

  • B.S., Economics, Truman State University
  • M.A., student in Rhetoric and Public Culture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Research interests

Critical Theory, Rhetorical Theory, Psychoanalysis, the Rhetoric of Economics, Forensics

Presentations

Behymer, T. (2020, November). Simulcasting the White Gaze: A Rhetorical Homology of Live P.D. and NFL Red Zone. Paper to be presented at the National Communication Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Tyler Behymer

Amanda Brand

abrand7@huskers.unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 350

Education

  • PhD Student – Communication Studies (Rhetoric and Public Culture) and a specialization in Women's and Gender Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • MA Applied Sociology, Northern Arizona University
  • MA Applied Communication, Northern Arizona University
  • BS Communication Studies, Northern Arizona University

Research Interests

Rhetoric of trauma survivorship, culpability, and accountability; white masculine victimhood; political rhetoric; feminist rhetorical analysis

Selected Publications and Conference Presentations

Brand, A. (Under review). "(Re)inscribing and reconstituting Brock Turner: White masculine abjection, victimhood, and disavowal in rape culture." Quarterly Journal of Speech.

Brand, A. (2021). "Big Bang Theory." In D. J. Leonard & S. T. Robbins, (eds.), Race in American Television: Voices and Visions that Shaped a Nation (pp. 61-63). ABC-CLIO.

Brand, A. (2021). "'What's wrong with blackface?': The erasure of blackness, critical race rhetoric, and blackface in American sitcoms." National Communication Association Conference, Seattle, WA.

Brand, A. (2021). "Rearticulating the Self-Made Man as Victim: Brett Kavanaugh's Defense of Incoherent Masculinity." National Communication Association Conference, Seattle, WA.

Brand, A. (2020). "'He will not be quietly excused': Sexual assault survivorship and cathartic resistance." National Communication Association Conference, virtual.

Brand, A. (2020). "Navigating discourses of gendered violence." Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender Conference, virtual.

Ferraro, K. and Brand, A. (2017). Victim Blaming: Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence, Computer Mediated Communication, and Sexual Harassment. Co-facilitated training for Victim Witness Services volunteers and staff. Flagstaff, AZ.

Brand, A. (2015). From Locked Doors to Locked Screens: The Implications of Sexting as a Gendered Performance. (Master's Thesis)

Brand, A. (2014). Ideology, Privilege, and Social Criticism in Image Macros: A Rhetorical Analysis. (Master's Thesis)

Amanda Brand

Megan Cardwell

megan.cardwell@huskers.unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 377

Education

  • Ph.D. student, Interpersonal Communication
  • M.A. University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • B.A. University at Buffalo, SUNY

Research Interests

Identity, (multi)ethnic-racial identity, interethnic-racial relationships, intersections of interpersonal and intergroup communication, intersections of interpersonal and critical research approaches, race and racism(s)

Selected Publications

Davis, S. & Cardwell, M. E. Family communication as raced. In Manning, J., Allen, J., & Denker, K. (Eds.) Family Communication As... Wiley [Forthcoming]

Cardwell, M. E. (2021). Examining Interracial Family Narratives Using Critical Multiracial Theory. Review of Communication. https://doi.org/10.1080/15358593.2021.1964098

Minniear, M. & Cardwell, M. E. (2021). Critical Race Theory. In D. O. Braithwaite & P. Schrodt (Eds.) Engaging Theories in Interpersonal Communication. Routledge.

Soliz, J. & Cardwell, M. E. (2021). Managing Roadblocks in Graduate School. In B. Bach, D. O. Braithwaite, & S. Ganesh (Eds.) Navigating Communication Graduate Programs. Cognella.

Cardwell, M. E., Soliz, J., Crockett, L. J. & Bergquist, G. (2020). Critical Incidents in the Development of (Multi)Ethnic-Racial Identity: Experiences of Individuals with Mixed Ethnic-Racial Backgrounds in the U.S. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407520906256

Koenig-Kellas, J., Baker, J., Cardwell, M. E., Minniear, M., & Kranstuber-Horstman, H. (2020). Communicated Perspective-Taking (CPT) and Storylistening: Testing the Impact of CPT in the Context of Friends Telling Stories of Difficulty. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407520955239

Cardwell, M. E. & Soliz, J. (2019). Examining the Role of Sibling Interaction in Multiethnic-racial Identity Development in the United States. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 20(1) 58-72. https://doi.org/10.1080/15283488.2019.1707678

Novotny, E., Carr, Z. M., Dietrich, S. B., Frank, M. G., Shaddock, T., Cardwell, M. E., Decker, A.J. (2017). How people really suspect and discover lies. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 41(3) 41-52. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10919- 017-0263-2.

Megan Cardwell

Jessie Coffey

jcoffey@huskers.unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH)

Education

  • Ph.D student in Interpersonal, Family, and Health Communication, University of Nebraska- Lincoln
  • M.S. Child, Youth and Family Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • B.A. Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Research Interests

My research interests include; health and interpersonal communication, narratives and storytelling, and the intersection of health communication across the K-12 education system, addressing health disparities and rural inequities.

Publications

Rida, Z., Hall, E., Hasnin, S., Coffey, J., & Dev, D. (2019). The perception of school food-service professionals on the implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010: A mixed-methods study. Public Health Nutrition, 22(11), 1960-1970. doi:10.1017/S1368980019001174

Under Review:

Rida, Z., Hall, E., Coffey, J., Kasabian, A., Dale, A., Smith, J.  Teachers as Role Models for Nutrition Promotion (In Review- Public Health Nutr.). 

Rida, Z., Srivastava, D., Abbey, B., Coffey, J., Dev, D., Smith, J.  The Perception of School Food Service Professionals about Serving Healthy School Meals (In Review- J. Sch Health). 

Selected Presentations

Coffey, J. (2020, January). Supporting the whole child through social emotional engagement. Presentation made at the Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council State Partnership Conference, Kearney, NE.

Coffey, J. (2019, October). Working to support they whole child; An education and public health collaboration.  Presentation made at the Nebraska Public Health Association Conference, Lincoln NE.

Coffey, J., Rida, Z., Hulse, E., Hasnin, S. (2018, April). Farm to Preschool Implementation: An Assessment of Nebraska Childcare Programs.  Presented at the Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Conference, Lincoln NE.

Rida, Z., & Coffey, J. (2017, April). Farm to pre-school: Successful implementation of a classroom-based education program. Presentation made at the Nebraska School Wellness, Education and Training Conference, Kearney, NE.

Coffey, J., & Muellers, J. (2017, April). Innovations in nutrition education utilizing the cafeteria as a learning laboratory. Presentation made at the National Urban Extension Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Coffey, J. & Moreland, B. (2016, July). Food allergy management at school. Presentation made at the National School Nutrition Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Coffey, J. (2014, May). Success utilizing the Body Works program: A family based childhood obesity intervention. Presentation made at the National E-Extension Conference, Sacramento CA.

Jessie Coffey

William Cooney

wcooney@unomaha.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 305

Education

  • Ph.D. Candidate in Rhetoric and Public Culture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
  • M.A in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University
  • B.A. in History with a minor in Speech form Hillsdale College

Research Interests

Critical Theory, Rhetorical Theory, The Philosophy of Communication, Material Rhetoric, Rhetorical History, Public Policy, American Education, Information Operations, and Digital Media.

Example of Research

Cooney, W. (In Press). Local theories of argument and immanent obligations: Inciting an askesis. In D. Hample (Ed.), Theories of Argument. New York: Taylor and Francis.      

Cooney, W. (2018, May-June). Inventing a people: Communal bonds of exemplarity in “The Principle of       Civil Union and Happiness Considered and Recommended.” Paper presented at the meeting of the Rhetoric Society of America, Minneapolis, MN.

Cooney, W. (2017, November). The haecceity of things: Toward a coming community of immanent obligations. Philosophy of Communication Division. Paper Presented at the meeting of the   National Communication Association, Dallas, TX.

Will Cooney

Haley Decker

hdecker3@huskers.unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 350

Education

  • Ph.D. student in Interpersonal, Family, and Health Communication Studies
  • M.S. Communication Studies, Texas Christian University
  • B.A. Communication Studies and Writing, Texas Christian University

Research Interests

Communication about and across social identity differences (LGBTQ+, political identity, religious identity, etc.), interpersonal and family communication, intergroup communication, psychosocial and relational well-being

Presentations and Publications

Decker, H. M. (2020). At the crossroads of gay and straight: A qualitative study of communicated bisexual identity. Paper presented at the National Communication Association annual convention, Indianapolis, IA.

Decker, H. and Schrodt, P. (Under review). A Communication and Identity Process that Mediates Parents' Nonaccommodation and Sexual Minorities' Mental Well-being.

Haley Decker

Courtney Dreyer

cdreyer7@huskers.unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 352

Education

  • Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Public Culture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.A. Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Syracuse University
  • B.A. Double-major in Psychology and English, Western Michigan University

Research Interests

Film and media, rhetorical criticism, affect theory, religion and mythology, film industries and history, feminist theory and criticism

Publications

Dreyer, C. (2020). How to be in the World, Not of It: The Rhetoric of Place, Time, & Subjectivity in Christian Independent Cinema (M.A. Thesis, Syracuse University)

Dreyer, C. (2020). Review of Pure (2019), Hanna Macpherson, dir. The Journal of Gods and Monsters, 1(1)

Dreyer, C. (2020). Review of Home is Where the Hurt Is: Media Depictions of Wives and Mothers by Sara Hosey. Popular Culture Studies Journal, 8(1)

Select Presentations

Dreyer, C. (2020). "God's Not Dead, He's Surely Alive: The Importance of 'Preaching to the Choir' for Boundary Maintenance in Contemporary Christian Cinema." Rhetoric Society of America's 2020 Conference, Portland, OR. Conference canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Dreyer, C. (2020). "A Sympathetic Witch: Affective Criticism of the Monstrous-Feminine in The Witch (2015)." Presented at Fear 2000, Sheffield-Hallam University, Sheffield, UK.

Courtney Dreyer

Renca Dunn

rdunn12@huskers.unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH)

Education

  • B.A. in English, Education, and Communication Studies, Gallaudet University
  • M.A. in International Communication specializing in Cross-Culture and Education, American University
  • Ph.D student in Interpersonal, Health, and Family Communication, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Research Interests

Identity, Deaf identity, Intersectionality, Cultures, Relationships, Intergroup and Interpersonal Relationships & Communication, Narratives & Storytelling

Publications and Conference Presentations

Dunn, R. (2018) Relationships: You Know My Name but Not My Story. Presented at the Deaf Missions Leadership Conference. October 2018.

Dunn, R. (2019) What's In Your Cup? Navigating to what feeds into who you are. Presented at the Deaf Women United Conference. July 2019.

Dunn, R. (2018). Deaf People and the Role of Music in Churches. Journal of American Sign Languages and Literatures.

Renca Dunn

Kristen Everhart

ke.learning2communicate@gmail.com
(402) 472-3348

Education

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

M.A. in Communication from San Diego State University

Ph.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.  

Kristen Everhart

Zoe Farquhar

zfarquhar@huskers.unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 362

Education

  • Ph.D student in Rhetoric and Public Culture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.A. Communication Studies, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A. Communication Studies, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

My research is situated at the intersection of critical race and media studies. Specifically, I am interested in how whiteness is negotiated and constructed in the media, particularly in documentary films and television series which are framed as artifacts of truth. I argue that documentaries are especially well equipped to forward dominant social constructions of race that are accepted as taken-for-granted truth across unassuming, everyday situations.

Publications

Roger D. Gatchet, Amanda D. Gatchet, and Zoe C. Farquhar “The Good, the Bad, and the Unexpected: Violating Audience Expectations in Clint Eastwood’s Speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention,” Communication Teacher, 32(4), 192-197. doi:  10.1080/17404622.2017.1372607

Presentations

Zoe C. Farquhar, “Making a Murderer as terministic Screen: Uncovering the Criminal (In) Justice System with Kenneth Burke.” Eastern Communication Association Convention: Boston, MA (March 2017).

Zoe C. Farquhar and Sarah Rayne, “Exes for a Reason: Limitations of Continuing a Friendship with an Ex Romantic Partner,” Eastern Communication Association Convention: Boston, MA (March 2017).

Matthew R. Meier and Zoe C. Farquhar, “Toward Satire in Theory and Method.” The Helhaven Expedition: In Search of Burke the Satirist, Theorist, and Humanist, National Communication Association Convention for Kenneth Burke Society: Dallas, TX (November 2017).

Farquhar

Ashley Garcia

ashley.garcia@huskers.unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 377
(402) 472-3348

Education

  • Ph.D. Student in Rhetoric and Public Culture with a Specialization in Women's and Gender Studies
  • 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

I specialize in interrogating the rhetoric of social protest and social movements as manifest in sport in our current socio-political context; more specifically, I examine the rhetoric of dissent as exhibited in silent protest events. My dissertation focuses on the NFL protests during the National Anthem started by Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and continuing through the 2018 NFL season. Through this dissertation, I explore the racialized rituals of identity in the NFL, Black masculinity, and the antecedent rhetorical/historical resources of Black protests. In addition to the study of the rhetoric of social protest/movements and identity in the context of sport, my research interests extend to social justice, human rights, women's rights, and film studies.

Conference Presentations

Garcia, A. D., & Cooney, W. R. (2019, November). The processional hymn of Sunday Night Football: Praising the patriotic unity in “Oh, Sunday Night.” Communication and Sport Division. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Baltimore, MD. (Top Student Paper)

Garcia, A. D. (2019, August). American patriotism’s invisible racial warrant: Understanding the backlash against the NFL’s Black activist athletes. Paper presented at the meeting of the NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation, Alta, UT.

Garcia, A. D. (2019, April). (De)Humanizing the Black male athlete: Han’s achievement doping society in the realm of football. Sports Communication Interest Group. Paper presented at the meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Omaha, NE. (Top Student Paper)

Garcia, A. D. (2018, November). Trump’s racialized rhetoric vs. the NFL’s message of unity: Trump’s construction of “the people” in the NFL’s #TakeAKnee protests. Public Address Division. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT.

Garcia, A. D. (2018, April). Negligent nipples: FEMEN’s self-objectifying protests as global media events. Communication Ethics, Activism, and Social Justice Interest Group. Paper presented at the meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Milwaukee, WI. (Top Four Paper)

Ashley Garcia

Samantha Gillespie

sgillespie3@huskers.unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 350

Education
  • Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Public Culture with a specialization in Women’s and Gender Studies.
  • M.A. Communication Studies, University of Nevada, Reno
  • B.A. Communication Studies with an emphasis in Journalism and Mass Communication, California State University, Monterey Bay

Research Interest

Rhetorical Theory, Feminist Theory, Critical Theory, Embodiment and Food culture in online spaces.

Selected Publications and Conferences

Hanchey, J. N., Gillespie, S., Ortiz, A. (2020). In B. W. Bach, D. O. Braithwaite, & S. Ganesh, S. (Eds.). By degrees: Resilience, relationships and success in communication graduate studies. Cognella.

Gillespie, S. (2020) Emilia Fart Gets Us: An Analysis of What Embodied Community Looks Like in A Digital Age. Presented at the No Limits Conference at the University of Nebraska in Kearney.

Gillespie, S. (2020) Transforming the Self-Made (Wo)Man: Neoliberal feminist rhetoric and the transformative myth of multi-level marking. To be presented at National Communication Association Conference.

Gillespie, S. (August 2019). Watching Women Eat: A Critique of Magical Eating and Mukbang Videos. Master's thesis, University of Nevada, Reno.

Work in-Progress

Gillespie, S. "She Eats So I Don't Have To: A Critical Analysis of Agency, Eating Culture and Feminism in Mukbang Videos." [Writing and Editing in-progress]

Samantha Gillespie

Lucas Hackenburg

lhackenburg2@unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 350
(402) 472-3348

Education

  • Ph.D student in Interpersonal, Family, and Health Communication Studies
  • M.A. Communication Studies, Texas State University
  • B.S. Communication Studies, Ohio University

Research Interests

Health communication, LGBT+ identity and community, Qualitative research methods, Quantitative research methods, Mixed methods research

Conference Presentations

Hackenburg, L. (2019). Guncles: An Interpretive Analysis of Gay Uncles' Communication with Their Nieces and Nephews. Paper presented at the annual National Communication Association convention in Baltimore, MD. November 14, 2019.

Hackenburg, L. (2018). Advocating for free speech in pro-life organizations: An analysis of National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra. Paper presented at the annual Southern States Communication Association conference in Nashville, Tennessee. April 7, 2018.

Co-authored Presentations

Koenig Kellas, J., Morgan, T., Kauer, T., Hackenburg, L., Talladay, C., Trejo, D., & Lee, C. (2020). The enduring meaning of family stories: Investigating family members' retrospective storytelling through the lens of Communicated Narrative Sense-Making Theory. Paper to be presented at the annual International Association for Relationship Research in London, England. July/August.

Horan, S., Hackenburg, L., & Lee, L. (2019). Exploring safe sex communication between MSM and WSW. Paper presented at the annual National Communication Association Convention in Baltimore, MD. November 14, 2019.

Hackenburg, L., & Coker, M.C. (2017). "Are you a weird boy?": A qualitative examination of how non-parental gay men talk about their sexual orientation with child family members. Paper to be presented at the annual National Communication Association convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. November 9, 2018.

Waldbuesser, C., Houser, M., Hosek, A., & Hackenburg, L. (2017). Instructor identity, confirmation, and perceptions of student nonverbal responsiveness. Paper presented at the National Communication Association annual convention in Dallas Texas. November 16, 2017.

Coker, M.C., & Hackenburg, L. (2017). Social media or social equality? A study of the use of digital media to improve LGBT acceptance in Singapore. Paper presented at the annual Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona. October 5, 2017.

Lucas Hackenburg

Robbie Hall

robert.hall@huskers.unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 354
402-472-3348

Education

  • Ph.D. Student in Interpersonal, Family, and Health Communication, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.A., Communication Studies, Illinois State University
  • B.A., Communication Studies, Spanish Minor, Wayne State College

Interests

Conversations surrounding chronic/mental health, private information (non)disclosure, difficult conversations, qualitative research methods

Publications and Conference Presentations

Hall, R. D., & Miller-Ott, A. E. (2019). Invisible pain: A look at women’s (non)disclosure of fibromyalgia in the workplace. Iowa Journal of Communication, 51(2), 4-35.

Hall, R. D. (2019). We are family, or are we? An activity on identifying differences in attachment styles and family communication patterns through music media. Communication Teacher. doi: 10.1080/17404622.2019.1630657

Hall, R. D. (2019). Between friends, an “implicit trust”: Exploring the (non)disclosure of private mental health-related information in friendships. Presented as a competitive paper for the Interpersonal and Family Communication Interest Group at the Central States Communication Association, Omaha, NE. Top Four Paper Award & Nancy Burrell Award for the Top Student Paper.

Hall, R. D. (2019). Work life balance while being a graduate student: Creating dialogue. Presented as part of a discussion panel for the Graduate Student Caucus at the Central States Communication Association, Omaha, NE. Top Panel Award.

Carr, C. T., Hall, R. D., Mason, A. J., & Varney, E. (2017). Cuing perceptions of employability from self- and other-generated information. Management Communication Quarterly, 31, 409-428. doi: 10.1177/0893318916687397

Robert Hall

Lindsey Huber

lhuber7@huskers.unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 352

Education

  • Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Public Culture with specialization in Women and Gender Studies, University of Nebraska Lincoln
  • M.A., Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication with Women and Gender Studies minor, Iowa State University
  • B.A., English with Women and Gender Studies minor, Iowa State University

Interests

Military Rhetorics, Female Veterans, Feminist Theory, Masculinity, Storytelling, and Public Memory.

Awards

Teaching Excellence Award (2021), Iowa State University.

Selected Presentations

Huber, Lindsey. (2020, April). Thank you for your cervix: Female veterans' enduring battle for public recognition after the war. The paper was presented at the Transforming Gender in Society Conference, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

Huber, Lindsey. (2020, March). Thank you for your cervix: Female veterans' enduring battle for public recognition after the war. The paper was accepted to be presented at the Fifth Veterans in Society Conference, University of Missouri - St. Louis. However, the conference was postponed due to the COVID19 pandemic.

Huber, Lindsey. (2019, April). She served too: The exclusion of Deborah Sampson from public memory. The paper was presented at the Transforming Gender and Society Conference, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

Lindsey Huber

Jordan L. Johnson

jordanljohnson291@gmail.com
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 364

Education

  • Ph.D student in Rhetoric and Public Culture
  • M.A. Communication Studies, Kansas State University.
  • B.A. Political Science and Journalism, Doane University.

Research Interests

Public Memory, Hauntology, State Violence, Global 1968, Rhetorics of Dissent and Protest

Publications

Johnson, J. L. & Hoerl, K. (2020) Suppressing Black Power through Black Panther's neocolonial allegory. Review of Communication, 20(3), 269-277.

Conference Presentations

Johnson, J. L. (2021). "Melancholic Memory: El grito as cinematic haunting." Paper to be presented to the Critical and Cultural Studies Division at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association. Seattle, WA. (Top Student Paper.)

Johnson, J. L. (2021). "Living with the Ghosts of Feminicidio: A Critical Analysis of the Ghost-as-Subject in Vuelven." Paper to be presented to La Raza Caucus Division at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association. Seattle, WA.

Johnson, J. L. (2020). "Haunting the Mexican State: Conjuring the Ghostly Subjects of the Missing 43 in Mexico." Paper to be presented to the Critical and Cultural Studies Division at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association. Virtual Conference.

Johnson, J. L. (2019). "Surviving memories of Tlatelolco: Therapeutic martyrdom in Tlatelolco, verano del 68." Paper presented to the American Studies Division at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association. Baltimore, MA.

Johnson, J. L. (2018). "It was the State: Precarity and resistance in the 2014 Ayotzinapa Student Massacre Protests." Paper presented to the Activism and Social Justice Division at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association. Salt Lake City, UT.

Jordan L. Johnson

Katie Kassler

kkassler2@unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 352

Education

  • Ph.D. student in Interpersonal and Family Health Communication, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.S. Communication Studies, Texas Christian University
  • B.A. Communication Studies and Writing, Texas Christian University

Research Interests

Katie is interested in critically studying the communication processes involved in liminal identity negotiations in interpersonal and family contexts.

Selected Publication and Conference Presentations

Kassler, K. (2021). "The Gift that God has Given Us": Baptist Mothers' Identity Enactment During Sex Talks with Children (Top Student Paper). Paper to be presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Seattle, WA.

Kassler, K. (2020). "Now I'm Free": Narrative Control and Resistance of the #OnceGay Movement. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Annual Conference, held virtually.

Kassler, K. D. (2019) Snowplow parenting in the age of #MeToo: A grand narrative analysis of mothers' coping strategies with sexual assault. Paper presented at the Interpersonal Division of the National Communication Convention. Baltimore, MD

Katie Kassler

Trevor Kauer

trevor.kauer@huskers.unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 362
(402) 472-3348

Education

  • Ph.D. student in Interpersonal, Family, and Health Communication Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.A., Communication Studies, Texas State University
  • B.S., Agricultural Life Sciences, Communication, & Leadership with emphasis in Food Science/Family Consumer Sciences, and a minor in Communication Studies, University of Idaho

Research Interests

From a service-oriented and applied perspective, I utilize both quantitative and qualitative methodology understand the communication surrounding people's participation in (un)healthy extremes (e.g., excessive behaviors or situations; stressful/hazardous work, over-parenting/teaching, etc.) and related communicated meaning-making in relationships and work/life experiences. In order to understand these processes, I have studied communication in the context of job stress and coping of first responders (EMT, firefighter, police, etc.), military post-deployment, post-secondary helicopter teaching, the college experience for both young adults and non-traditional students, family storytelling, and body image/weight in young adults.

Publications

Farris, K., Houser, M., Kauer, T., & Carpenter, L. (2021). The road to hel(l)icopter teaching: How do instructors make sense of their helicopter teaching behaviors and student effects?. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication. Online. https://doi.org/10.1080/17459435.2020.1853209

Kauer, T. (accepted). Just counting the threads!. In M. Cundall & S. Kelly (Eds.), Theraputic Cases in Health and Humor (1st ed.). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Segrin, C., Burke, T., & Kauer, T. (2020). Overparenting is associated with perfectionism in parents of young adults. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, online. doi:10.1037/cfp0000143

Kauer, T., & Keeley, M. (2019). Conversations about death from those who experience the most. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 20, 84-91. doi:10.1080/17459435.2019.1664622

Segrin, C., Kauer, T., Burke, T. (2019). Indirect effects of family cohesion on emerging adult perfectionism through anxious rearing and social expectations. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28, 2280-2285. doi:10.1007/s10826-019-01444-2

Jones, H., & Kauer, T. (2019). Dark Triad Personality. In J. J. Ponzetti, M. Blankemeyer, S. M. Horan, H. Lyons, & A. Shigeto (Eds.), Macmillan encyclopedia of families, marriages, and intimate relationships (1st ed., pp. 667-668). New York, NY: Macmillan Reference USA.

Reardon, R., Folwell, A., Keehr, J. & Kauer, T. (2019). Effects of deception on the deceiver: An interdisciplinary view. In T. Docan-Morgan (Ed.), Palgrave handbook of deceptive communication (pp. 107-125). London, UK: Palgrave

Folwell, A., & Kauer, T. (2018). "You see a baby die and you're not fine": A case study of stress and coping strategies in volunteer EMTs. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 46, 723-743. doi:10.1080/00909882.2018.1549745

Selected Conference Presentations

Kauer, T. (2020, November). Translational and intervention work in online spaces for first responders. [Panel Discussion]. Presented to the Applied Communication Division at the One-Hundred-Sixth National Communication Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Kauer, T. (2020, November). First responders as fictive kin: Communicating support to create a "second family [Conference Presentation]. Paper presented to the Family Communication Division at the One-Hundred-Sixth National Communication Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Kauer, T. (2019, April). Stress and Coping in the Workplace: First Responders use of Humor Messages. Paper presented to the Organizational Communication Division at the One-Hundred-Tenth Eastern Communication Association Conference, Providence, RI.

Kauer, T. (2018, November). First responder's intimate partner communication: Perceptions of job-related stress, relational support, and appraisals of stress. Paper presented to the Family Communication Division at the One-Hundred-Fourth National Communication Association Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. Top Student Paper

Farris, K., Houser, M., Carpenter, L., Kauer, T., & Van Eynde, H. (2018, November). The road to hel(l)icopter teaching: An empirical examination of a new instructional communication construct. Paper presented to the Instructional Development Division at the One-Hundred-Fourth National Communication Association Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. Top Paper

Folwell, A., & Kauer, T. (2017, November). "You see a baby die and you're not fine": Stress, coping strategies, & burnout in volunteer emergency medical technicians. Paper presented to the Applied Communication Division at the One-Hundred-Third National Communication Association Conference, Dallas, TX.

Trevor Kauer

Marie Neumann

mneumann6@unl.edu

Education

  • PhD. student: Interpersonal, Family, and Health Communication, University of Nebraska- Lincoln
  • MA: Sociology, University of Washington (Seattle)
  • BA: Sociology and Individualized Studies (public health), University of Washington (Seattle)

Research Interests

Quality of life for children with critical chronic illness and their families; narratives as shaping identity and meaning-making for those living with rare diseases, chronic illness, or disability; clinician-patient/parent communication surrounding critical care decisions; pediatric palliative care; social media support groups as a space where those affected by rare disease seek a sense of community; post-traumatic growth for parents of children with critical illness; community driven participatory research, mixed-methods research.

Select Publications

Neumann, M.L., Allen, J.Y., Kakani, S., Ladner, A., Hall Rauen, M., Weaver, M.S., Mercer, D.F. (Under Review) A beautiful struggle: Parent-perceived impact of short bowel syndrome on child and family wellbeing.

Neumann, M. L.*, Weaver, M. S.*, Lord, B., Wiener, L., & Hinds, P. S. (2021). Care Provider Behaviors That Shape Parent Identity as a "Good Parent" to Their Seriously Ill Child. Palliative medicine reports, 2(1), 113-121. (*shared first co-authorship)

Weaver, M. S., Neumann, M. L., Lord, B., Wiener, L., Lee, J., & Hinds, P. S. (2020). Honoring the good parent intentions of courageous parents: A thematic summary from a US-Based National Survey. Children, 7(12), 265. (*shared first co-authorship)

Weaver, M. S., Lukowski, J., Wichman, B., Navaneethan, H., Fisher, A. L., & Neumann, M. L. (2020). Human connection and technology connectivity: a systematic review of available telehealth survey instruments. Journal of pain and symptom management.

Weaver, M. S., Jurgens, A., Neumann, M. L., Schalley, S. M., Kellas, J. K., Navaneethan, H., & Tullis, J. (2021). Actual solidarity through virtual support: A pilot descriptive study of an online support group for bereaved parents. Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Marie Neumann

Dakota Sandras

Education

  • Ph.D. Student in Rhetoric and Public Culture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.A. Communication Studies, Louisiana State University
  • B.A. Communication Studies, California State University - Long Beach

Research Interests

Dakota's research primarily examines hegemonic negotations occuring at intersections of race and gender within mainstream media. She is also interested in the popularization of social movements, critical pedagogy, and First Nations rhetorics and epistemologies.

Publications

Sandras, Dakota J. (2021). "The Voice of Honor: Centering an Indigenous Ethic of Protocol in Ongoing Perilous Times." Rhetoric, Politics & Culture 1, no. 1 (2021): 67-74.

Sandras, Dakota J. (2021). Surviving R. Kelly: Presenting testimony as evidence. In D. Hample (Ed.), Local Theories of Argument (pp. 186-191). Routledge.

Selected Conference Presentations

Sandras, Dakota J. (2021). "Ice Queen, Woke Princess: How Disney's Popular Feminist Trajectory is Advancing White Heroism." Competitive paper selected for presentation at the National Communication Association's annual convention held in Seattle, Washington.

Sandras, Dakota J. and Ethan Hunter (2020). "Responsibilizing the Bystander: The Neoliberal University (Family) and Sexual Assault Prevention Initiatives." Competitive paper presented at the National Communication Association's annual convention held virtually in 2020. Critical and Cultural Studies Division. Co-presented with Ethan Hunter.

Sandras, Dakota J. (2020). "Braiding Positionalities: Indigenous Communication at the Crossroads." Discussion panel presenter at the National Communication Association's annual convention held virtually in 2020. Critical and Cultural Studies Division.

Sandras, Dakota J. (2020). "Braiding, Knotting, Stitching, Beading: Weaving Indigenous Research Methodologies at the Crossroads of Critical/Cultural Communication." Discussion panel presenter at the National Communication Association's annual convention held virtually in 2020. Critical and Cultural Studies Division.

Sandras, Dakota J. (2020). "The Preacher's Daughter: Exploring Women's Identity and Sexuality in the Evangelical Church." Competitive panel presentation for the Western States Communication Association's annual convention held in 2020 in Denver, Colorado. Organization for Women and Communication.

Sandras, Dakota J. (2019). "Surviving R. Kelly: Presenting Testimony as Evidence." Competitive panel presentation for the biennial Alta Argumentation Conference in 2019 in Alta, Utah.

Dakota Sandras

Kayla Schmitz

Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 350
kschmitz12@huskers.unl.edu

Education

  • M.A. Student in Rhetoric and Public Culture with specialization in Women's and Gender Studies
  • B.A., Communication, Alma College

Research interests

Feminist rhetorical criticism, rhetorical criticism, corporeality, gender and sexual representation in media

Presentations

(2021, April) Look, Jane. See Dick: An Ecriture Feminine Approach to Critiquing Male Corporeality in Alexandra Rubinstein's Art. Alma College Honor's Day

Kayla Schmitz

William Sipe

Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 362

Education

  • Ph.D. Student in Rhetoric and Public Culture
  • M.A. Communication Studies, Ball State University 
  • B.A. Communication Studies, Otterbein University

Research Interests

Critical Theory, Social Movements, and Neoliberalism

Conference Presentations

Sipe, W. J. (2020). Avatar's Theme Park as a Brave New Narrative: Constructing a Conservationist Colonialism. National Communication Association (virtual).

Sipe, W. J. (2019). Disavowed or Deadly Diamonds: Commodity Fetishism in the Neoliberal Era. Presented at National Communication Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Sipe, W. J. (2018). A wild Westworld of gender performance: Love, sex, and neoliberalism in the HBO sci-fi drama. To be presented at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender National Conference.

Sipe, W. J. (2018). Debate and diversity: Reexamining gendered language in judges’ ballots. Top Student Paper, Accepted to Central States Communication Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Sipe, W. J. (2017). Decolonizing the rhetorical canon: Cracking the canonical foundation via the Nyaya Sutra. Presented at the National Communication Conference, Dallas, TX.

Sipe, W. J. (2017). On Arrival: Feminine leadership in post-9/11 science fiction. Presented at The Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender National Conference, Omaha, NE.

William Sipe

Katherine Storck

kbrockha@gmail.com 
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 377
(402) 472-3348

Education

  • 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 discursively construct abuse. (In progress).

Katherine Storck

Cassidy Taladay

ctaladay2@unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 356

Education

  • Ph.D. student in Communication Studies – Interpersonal, Family, and Health Communication, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.A. student in Communication Studies – Interpersonal, Family, and Health Communication, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Bachelor of Journalism (B.J.), Advertising & Public Relations and Communication Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Research Interests

Family narratives, storytelling, and communicated sense-making; end-of-life (palliative and hospice) care; health equity in end-of-life care; family communication in difficult contexts.

Publications

Koenig Kellas, J., Morgan, T., Taladay, C., Minton, M., Forte, J., & Husmann, E. (2020). Narrative connection: Applying CNSM theory's translational storytelling heuristic. Journal of Family Communication, 20(4), 360-376. doi:10.1080/15267431.2020.1826485

Conference Presentations

Koenig Kellas, J., Morgan, T., Hackenberg, L., Taladay, C., Kauer, T., Lee, C., & Trejo, D. (2021, accepted for postponed 2020 convention). The enduring meaning of family stories: Investigating family members' retrospective storytelling through the lens of Communicated Narrative Sense-Making Theory. International Association for Relationship Research, London, England.

Koenig Kellas, J., Morgan, T., Taladay, C., Minton, M., Forte, J., & Husmann, E. (2019).

Putting CNSM Theory into action: Translational storytelling in the context of parenting. Manuscript to be presented to the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.

Cassidy Taladay

Carol Tschampl-Diesing

c.tschampl_diesing@yahoo.com
(402) 472-3348

Education

  • 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.

Conference Paper

Tschampl-Diesing, C. L. (2018, Spring). Exploring difference in family: Communication and privacy management for female veterans between their military voluntary kin and their biolegal families. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Central States Communication Association, Milwaukee, WI. *Top Four Paper, Top Student Debut Paper, and Nancy Burrell Top Student Award in  Interpersonal and Small Group Division; Past Officers Top Graduate Debut Paper

Publications

Braithwaite, D. O., Waldron, V. R., Allen, J., Oliver, B., Bergquist, G., Storck, K., Marsh, J., Swords, N., Tschampl-Diesing, C. (2018). “Feeling warmth and close to her”: Communication and resilience reflected in turning points in positive adult Stepchild–Stepparent relationships. Journal of Family Communication. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15267431.2017.1415902

Braithwaite, D. O., Marsh, J. S., Tschampl-Diesing, C. L., Leach, M. S. (2017). “Love needs to be exchanged”: A diary study of interaction and enactment of the family kinkeeper role.  Western Journal of Communication, 81(5), 601-618. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2017.1299881

Tschampl-Diesing, C. L. (2016, Fall).  A communication perspective on the military: Interactions, messages, and discourses. [Review of the book A communication perspective on the military: Interactions, messages, and discourses, edited by E. Sahlstein Parcell & L. M. Webb]. Iowa Journal of Communication, 48(2), 175-178.

Carol Tschampl-Diesing

Kazi Haneeya Wahed

kwahed2@huskers.unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 356

Education

  • PhD in interpersonal, family and health communication
  • M.S in organizational communication, Murray State University, Kentucky
  • BBA in Marketing, Southeast University, Bangladesh

Research Interests

Cultural influence on mental health, mental health disparities of minorities/communities, mental health and cultural stigma, qualitative research methods.

Kazi Wahed

Braedon Worman

bworman@huskers.unl.edu
Louise Pound Hall (LPH) 354
(402) 472-3348

Education

  • Ph.D. student in Interpersonal, Family, & Intergroup Communication
  • M. A., Communication, California State University - Fresno
  • B. A., Communication, California State University - Fresno
  • B. A., Philosophy - Religious Studies, California State University - Fresno

Research Interests

Interpersonal communication, family communication, identity, religious belief, privacy management

Conference Presentations 

Oliver, B. M., Braithwaite, D. O., Waldron, V. R., Hall, R., Hackenburg, L., & Worman, B. (November, 2020). Protector and Friend: Turning Points and the Discursive Construction of the Stepparent Role. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Indianapolis, IN.

Worman, B. G. (November, 2020). Communicative Privacy Management of Conservative Christian Parents Whose Children Have Differing Religious Beliefs. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Indianapolis, IN.

Worman, B. G. (November, 2020). When to Reveal: The Development and Utilization of Privacy Rules by Individuals in Exclusivist Christian Families that have Adopted Significantly Different Religious Beliefs. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the Religious Communication Association, Indianapolis, IN.

Worman, B. G. (November, 2018). Who Knows What I Believe?: The Development and Utilization of Privacy Rules by Individuals in Exclusivist Christian Families that have Adopted Significantly Different Religious Beliefs. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT.

Worman, B. G. (November, 2018). What and How to Reveal: The Development and Utilization of Privacy Rules by Individuals in Exclusivist Christian Families that have Adopted Significantly Different Religious Beliefs. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT.

Worman, B. G. (April, 2017). You Gotta Have Faith: Communication Privacy Management in Exclusivist Christian Families Regarding a Significant Change in Religious Belief. Thesis presented at the annual Central California Research Symposium, Fresno, CA.

Worman, B. G. (November, 2016). ‘Leave It This Year Also’: A Narrative Criticism of Jesus’s          and Luke’s Use of the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Braedon Worman