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"Cease conceiving of education as mere preparation for later life, and make it the full meaning of the present life."

- John Dewey



PhD      The Pennsylvania State University

​2009 - 2014


Department of Communication Arts and Sciences


Dissertation: What’s in a Number? The Rhetorical Nature of

       Numbers in War

Specialties: Rhetoric Criticism and Theory, War Rhetoric, Democratic Deliberation 

Advisor: Dr. Jeremy Engels

Committee: Dr. J. Michael Hogan, Dr. Stephen Browne, Dr. Matthew Jordan


MA     The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

2007 - 2009


Department of Communication

           Specialties: Political Communication, Rhetoric

           Advisor: Dr. Scott Althaus


BA      The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign



Department of Political Science


BS      The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign



Department of Media Studies

              Awarded with Honors

Penn State


The Rhetoric of Social Movements, Dr. Hogan

Rhetorical Criticism, Dr. Browne

History of Rhetorical Criticism, Dr. Engels

Pedagogy, Dr. Johnstone

Violence, Language, and Aesthetics, Dr. Engels

Close Textual Criticism, Dr Wilson

Origins and Development of Rhetorical Theory, Dr. Johnstone

Design, Research, and Writing in Rhetoric and Public Address, Dr. Hogan Theories of Society I (Sociology), Dr. Sica

American Political Behavior (Pol Sci), Dr. Plutzer

Theories of Society II (Sociology), Dr. Sica

Social Contract Theory (Pol Sci), Dr Christman

Rhetorics and Technology (English), Dr. Selber




University of Illinois


Rhetorical Criticism Methods, Dr. Finnegan

Political Economy of the Media, Dr McChesney

Campaign Messages and Strategies, Dr. Althaus

Making the World Wireless, Dr. Sandvig

Race and Mass Media, Dr. Dixon

Persuasion Theory, Dr. Quick

Introduction to Communication Research Methods, Dr. Shumate

Presidential Rhetoric, Dr. Murphy

Political Communication, Dr. Althaus

Rhetoric of Publics, Dr. Finnegan

Freedom of Expression, Dr. Ono and Dr. Nerone


















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