Current Grad Students

Chase Aunspach

Chase Aunspach

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.

Conference Presentations:

Aunspach, C. (2017, November). “Flipping the Scripts: Digital Auto/ethnography and Scholar Presence as Accountable Rhetorical Practice.” Paper to be presented to the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association. Dallas, TX.

Carter, J. & C. Aunspach. (2017, November). “Act as if the Apocalypse Has Already Happened!”: Comic Fatalism as a Necessary Intensification of the Comic Frame.” Paper to the presented to the Kenneth Burke Society at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association. Dallas, TX. *Top Four Student Paper

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’s Folsom Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award

 

chase.aunspach@huskers.unl.edu 
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Gretchen Bergquist

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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(402) 472-3348
Adam Blood

Adam Blood

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

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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KBrockhage

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 discursively construct abuse. (In progress).

 

kbrockha@gmail.com 
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Will Cooney

Will Cooney

Ph.D. Student 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.

Conference Presentations:

Cooney, W. (2017, November). The Haecceity of Things: Toward a Coming Community of Immanent Obligations. Paper Presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Dallas,   TX. 

Cooney, W. (2016, November). Curating the Story of a Life through Facebook’s Algorithms: Digital Self-Writing as a Technology of The Self. Paper Presented at the meeting of the National    Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Cooney, W. (2016, May). From Justice to Prosperity: The Impossibility of Racial Equality in American  Education. Paper presented at the meeting of the Rhetorical Society of America, Atlanta, GA.

william.cooney@huskers.unl.edu 
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(402) 472-3348

Kristen Everhart

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
417 Oldfather Hall
(402) 472-3348

Ashley Garcia

Ashley Garcia

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:

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

Conference Presentations:

Garcia, A. D. (2017, November). An appetite for change: The materiality of Jonathan Butler’s hunger strike protest. Public Address division. National Communication Association Convention. Dallas, TX.

Garcia, A. D. (2017, October). Human Rights Watch & Somali sexual assault survivors combating the dark side of organizing: Problematizing the culture-centered approach to organizing change. Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, & Gender Convention. Omaha, NE. 

Works in Progress:

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

ashley.garcia@huskers.unl.edu
422 Oldfather Hall
(402) 472-3348
Darcy Hahn

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
418 Oldfather Hall
(402) 472-3348

Jaclyn Marsh

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
417 Oldfather Hall
(402) 472-3348

Mackensie Minniear

Mackensie Minniear

B.A. UC Santa Barbara

M.A. University of Montana

Research Interests:

Family Communication, Intergroup Communication, Identity, Socialization

Publications:

Minniear, M., Sillars, A. & Shuy, K. (2017). Risky Business: Disclosures of risk behavior among emerging adults in the digital age. Communication Reports.

Conferences:

Minniear, M. & Sillars, A. (2017). Influences of Memorable Messages about Adoption and Family on Adoptee Identity. National Communication Association. To be presented in Dallas, TX.

Bergquist, G., Minniear, M. & Soliz, J. (2017) The Relationship Between Inclusive Worldviews and Intercultural Communication Anxiety: Exploring Mediating Roles of Perspective-Taking and Empathy. National Communication Association.  To be presented in Dallas, TX.

mackensie.minniear@huskers.unl.edu 
422 Oldfather Hall
(402) 472-3348

Toni Morgan

Toni Morgan

Ph.D. student in interpersonal, family, and intergroup communication

B.S., Communication Studies, Abilene Christian University

M.A., Communication Studies, Texas State University

Research interests:

Family communication, parent-child relationships, acceptance and relational resilience, family storytelling and perspective-taking, religious difference

Presentations and Work in Progress:

Morgan, T.M. (In progress). The communication of (non)acceptance during religious differences between parents and children: A turning points analysis.

Soliz, J. & Morgan, T.M. (In progress). Religious identity and supportive communication in interfaith families.

Horan, S.M., Morgan, T. M., & Burke, T.J. (2016, April). Sex, alcohol, and risk: Parental messages and associated behavior of adult children. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association 107th Annual Convention, Baltimore, Maryland.

toni.morgan@huskers.unl.edu  ;
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(402) 472-3348

Sarah Petitte

Sarah Petitte

M.A. Student in Interpersonal, Family, and Intergroup Communication

B.S. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Communication Studies & Psychology

Research Interests:

My research interests lie at the intersection of interpersonal, family, and health communication. I am interested in how individuals and families come to make sense of various aspects of health, such as psychological, physical, or relational health, and how this may be affecting wellbeing and feelings of identity. My current research goals aim to explore how discussions of family health history may affect or change perceptions of health risk and knowledge.

Conference Presentations:

Koenig Kellas, J., Brockhage, K., Petitte, S.R., Everhart, K.L., Morgan, T., Baker, J., Husmann, E., & Soliz, J. (2017, November). Legacies in “the afterlife”: Significant life stories of assisted living facility residents. Competitive paper to be presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association in Dallas, TX.

Petitte, S.R. (2017, March). “Who are these people and where do I fit?”: Alterations in adult children’s identity following late life stepfamily formation. Competitive paper presented at the annual convention of the Central States Communication Association, Minneapolis, MN.

sarah.petitte@huskers.unl.edu  ;
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(402) 472-3348

Jen Rome

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  ;
423 Oldfather Hall
(402) 472-3348

Carol Tschampl-Diesing

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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(402) 472-3348

Heather Voorhees

Heather Voorhees

B.A. in Communication (Print Journalism ) from Minnesota State University Moorhead

M.A. in Strategic Communication from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Research Interests:

I use both qualitative and quantitative methods to explore interpersonal health communication (specifically, communication between family and friends, rather than between health care providers and patients).  I am currently researching health-related social support seeking in chronic or serious illness and infertility. Further, I am also interested in studying how communication impacts—and is impacted by—identity, mental health, and aging. 

The UNL Communication Studies Department welcomes our 2017-18 New Graduate Students


DOCTORAL STUDENTS:
Morgan April (left center)
morganapril93@gmail.com

Jonathan Baker (far left)
jonathanbaker2013@gmail.com 

Megan Cardwell (far right)
megan.cardwell@huskers.unl.edu

Robert Hall (right center)
roberthall332@aol.com

Jordan Johnson (2nd from left)

jordanljohnson291@gmail.com

Mallory Marsh (2nd from right)

mallorylmarsh@gmail.com

heather.voorhees@huskers.unl.edu
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