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Graduate Alumni

Ph.D. Recipients

2021

  • Sarah Aghazadeh, "Mental Health Advocates as Cultural Intermediaries: A Sociocultural Perspective of Advocacy and Legitimacy," (L. Aldoory, advisor). Current Position: School of Communication and Journalism, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.
  • Allison Chatham, "Millenial Women's Perceptions and Communication about Mental Health and Mental Health Problems," (L. Aldoory, advisor). Current Position: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Kimberley Hannah-Prater, "A Rhetorical Criticism of Hillary Clinton in Political Satire and Political Parody," (S. Parry-Giles, advisor). Current Position: Department of Communication Arts, Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, Md.
  • Jungkyu Rhys Lim, "Developing Effective Communication for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Mitigation," (B.F. Liu, advisor). Current Position: Social Sector, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C.
  • Yan Qin, "Reminding Me of the Future: Episodic Future Thinking as a Strategy for Mobile Health Interventions," (X. Nan, advisor).
  • Christina SanInocencio, "Computer-Mediated Health Communication and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome: Understanding Social Support and Information Sharing in a Closed, Rare-Disease Facebook Support Group," (L.B. Anderson, advisor).
  • Devin Scott, "Political Authenticity and Cynicism on the 2016 Campaign Trail," (T. Parry-Giles, advisor). Current PositionTeaching and Learning Center, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tenn.
  • Artesha Chardonnay Sharma, "The Black Body in Political Photography, 1990-2020," (S.J. Parry-Giles, advisor).
  • Misti Hewatt Yang, "Code Me a Good Reason: Joseph Weizenbaum and a Rhetoric of Ethical AI," (D.S. Pfister, advisor). Current Position: Communication of Science and Technology Program, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

2020

  • Yiwen Dai, "Reducing Relational Boredom in Romantic Relationships," (D. Hample, advisor). Current Position: Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.     
  • Sreashi Das, "Self-Disclosure to Initiate Long-Term Romantic Relationships Online: A Mixed-Methodological Study in India and the U.S.," (A.A. Seate & E.L. Fink, co-advisors). Current Position: Business School, University of Delaware, Newark, Del.
  • Sumin Fang, "Relationship Management Theory and Its Application to Chinese and Chinese American Young Women's Usage of Mobile Fitness Technology," (L. Aldoory, advisor). Current Position: Department of Communications, University of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada.     
  • Amanda L. Irions, "Social Catalysts and Social Goal Pursuit," (D. Hample, advisor). Current Position: Department of Communication, Doane University, Crete, Neb.
  • Samantha Stanley, "Communicating the Risks and Benefits of Prescription Opiod Use: Self-Categorization as an Intrinsic Message Feature that Influences Construal Level," (A.A. Seate, advisor). Current Position: Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration, Washington, D.C.  
  • Brooke Witherow, "Putting the Community back into Community Policing: Community Building and Problem Solving," (B.F. Liu, advisor). Current Position: Department of English and Communication Arts, Hood College, Frederick, Md.

2019

  • Rebecca Alt, "Legitimizing the Culture of Big Time Sport: Rhetoric and the Myth of the Student-Athlete," (M.M. Yang, advisor). Current Position: Department of Multimedia Communication, Lenior-Rhyne University, Hickory, N.C.
  • Julio J. Bermejo, "'We Band of Brothers?': A Social-Identity-Based Study of Military Public Affairs Professional Identity, Organizational Socialization, and Collaboration," (B.F. Liu, advisor). Current Position: College of Communications, California State University, Fullerton, Calif.
  • Jaclyn L. Bruner, "Constructing a Legacy: The Role of Anniversary Commemorations in Remembering Brown v. Board of Education," (D.S. Pfister, advisor). Current Position: Department of Communication, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
  • Luke Capizzo, "Managing Intractability: Wrestling with Wicked Problems and Seeing Beyond Consensus in Public Relations," (E. Sommerfeldt, advisor). Current Position: School of Communication Studies, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
  • Sylvia Guo, "Developing a Care-Based, Process-Oriented, Contextualized Ethical Theory in Public Relations: Exploring a Relational, Behavioral, and Multi-Level Interactionist Perspective," (L.B. Anderson, advisor). Current Position: Hanover Research, Arlington, Va.
  • William Howell, "'The Fight is Yours': Ally Advocacy, Identity Reconfiguration, and Political Change," (T. Parry-Giles, advisor). Current Position: Commissioner Carmen Rubio's Office, Portland City Council, Portland, Ore.
  • Melissa Lucas, "Gold Star Pilgrimages: Tracing Maternal Citizenship through the Great War Era, 1914-1933," (S.J. Parry-Giles, advisor). Current Position: Department of Communication, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
  • Rong Ma, "Responding to Group-Directed Criticism," (A.A. Seate & E.L. Fink, co-advisors). Current Position: College of Communication, Butler University, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Nma Winnie Obike, "Nelson Mandela's 1990 Visit to the United States of America: Rhetoric(s) of the Anti-Apartheid Movement," (T. Parry-Giles, advisor).
  • Janna Soeder, "Vanishing Images: Mediations of Native Americans in the Tradition of the Western," (K.L. Maddux, advisor). Current Position: Department of Communication, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

2018

  • Hsin-Yi Chien, "The Dynamics of Intimate Intercultural Relationships: The Negotiation of Cultural and Relational Identities on Intercultural Couple's Conflict Management," (S. Khamis & A. Atwell Seate, co-advisors). Current position: Exploratorium, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Megan Fitzmaurice, "Commemorative Activism: Tracing Black Nationalism Through Contemporary Campaigns to Memorialize U.S. Slavery, 1991-2017," (S. Parry-Giles, advisor). Current position: Department of Communication, University of Texas-Arlington, Arlington, Texas
  • Josie Deanna Ganzermiller, "Creative Persuasion: Enhancing Well-being and Self-efficacy through Theatrical Performance," (S. Khamis & L. Waks, co-advisors). Current position: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
  • Zexin Ma, "Persuasive Effects of Narratives in Immersive Mediated Environments," (X. Nan, advisor). Current position: Department of Communication & Journalism, Oakland University, Rochester, Mich.
  • Annie Laurie Nichols, "No Tangle so Hopeless: Toward a Relational Cluster Analysis," (D.S. Pfister, advisor). Current position: Department of Communication, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa.
  • Tyler Page, "Measuring a World in Crisis: A New Model of Reputation Repair," (B.F. Liu, advisor). Current position: Department of Communication, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Miss.
  • Timothy S. Penn, "Cultivating #Cupfusion: An Exploration of the Unintended Consequences of Communication in a Public Relations Campaign," (E.L. Toth, advisor). Current position: Department of Mass Communication & Communication Studies, Towson University, Towson, Md.
  • Sifan Xu, "An Identity-Based Approach to Organization-Public Relationships and Interactions," (E. Sommerfeldt, advisor). Current position: School of Advertising & Public Relations, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Mengqi Zhan, "Cultural Diversity in Project Teams: Unpacking How and When Cultural Diversity Affects Collective Importance," (D. Hample, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication, University of Texas-Arlington, Arlington, Texas

2017

  • James G. Gilmore V, "I Love to Tell the Stor(ies): Narrative Constructions in the Christian Right" (T. Parry-Giles, advisor). Current position:  Dewey Square Group, Washington, D.C.
  • Irina Iles, "Improving Chronic Illness Medication Adherence: A Counter-Factual Thinking Based Model of Persuasive Communication" (X. Nan, advisor). Current position:  National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Md.
  • Jessica Lu, "Reckoning with Freedom: Legacies of Exclusion, Dehumanization, and Black Resistance in the Rhetoric of the Freedmen's Bureau" (S. Parry-Giles, advisor). Current position:  African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
  • Thomas McCloskey, "Cold War II: Ukrainian Sovereignty and Identity" (S. Parry-Giles, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
  • Jade Olson, "The Rhetoric of Eco-Revolutionary Activism: Constructing the Earth Liberation Front" (J.F. Klumpp, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
  • Yvonne Slosarski, "Freedom from the Market: Antagonistic Disruptions of Neoliberal Capitalism" (K.L. Maddux, advisor). Current position:  1199 SEIU Health Care Workers East, Washington, D.C.
  • Meridith I. Styer, "Inventing and Delivering the Woman Citizen: Susan B. Anthony's Extemporaneous Speaking as a Performance of Citizenship in Service of Woman Suffrage" (K.L. Maddux, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication, Georgia College, Milledgeville, Ga.
  • Ning Xie, "Feelings Matter: Emotions and Relationship Management Pre- and Post-Crisis" (E.L. Toth, advisor). Current position:  University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.
  • Bo Yang, "Impact of Web Content Feedback System on the Effectiveness of Health Promotion Messages on YouTube: A Norms-Based Inquiry" (X. Nan, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Xinyan Zhao, "Testing a Dual Path Framework of the Boomerang Effect: Proattitudinal versus Counterattitudinal Messages" (E.L. Fink, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University

2016

  • Julia Daisy Fraustino, "Flooded with Information from Social Media: Effects of Disaster Information Source and Visuals on Viewers’ Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Responses" (B.F. Liu, advisor). Current position:  Reed College of Media, West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Elizabeth Gardner, "The Child Labor Movement's Night Messenger Service Campaign: Rights and Reform in the Progressive Era" (S.J. Parry-Giles, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication Studies, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Sean Luechtefeld, "Petitioning in Boots: Motivation & Mobilization in the Rhetoric of Coxey's Army, 1894" (J.F. Klumpp & A. Wolvin, advisors). Current position:  American Network of  Community Options & Resources, Washington, D.C.
  • Liang Ma, "When Love Becomes Hate (?): The Interplay Between Consumer-Brand Relationships and Crisis Situations" (E.L. Toth, advisor). Current position:  Department of Strategic Communication, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Stephanie Madden, "The Issue with Issues Management: An Engagement Approach to Integrate Gender and Emotion into Issues Management" (E. Sommerfeldt, advisor). Current position:  Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.
  • Michael J. Steudeman, "The Educational Imaginary in Radical Reconstruction: Congressional Public Policy Rhetoric and American Federalism, 1862-1872" (T. Parry-Giles, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.

2015

  • Jennifer S. Bourne, "Overcoming Intercultural Challenges in Interpreting: A Case-Study on Chinese-English Conference Interpreting" (A. Wolvin, advisor). Current position:  Berggruen Institute Philosophy and Culture Center, Los Angeles, Calif.

2014

  • M. Karen Walker, "Rhetorical Work in Soft Power Diplomacy: The U.S-India 123 Agreement and a Relationship Transformed" (J.F. Klumpp, advisor). Current position:  Booz Allen Hamilton, Washington, D.C.
  • Neil Mansharamani, "An Analysis of Presidential Campaigns of Sitting and Former Vice Presidents: So Close and Yet So Far" (K. Kendall & J.F. Klumpp, advisors). Current position:  Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Benjamin Krueger, "A Dissident Blue Blood: Reverend William Sloane Coffin and the Vietnam Antiwar Movement" (R. Gaines, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Ariz.
  • Rowena Kirby-Straker, "Scene Matters: Strategic Use of Similarity and Framing in Narrative Risk Communication" (D. Hample, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Jarim Kim, "The Impact of Consideration of Future Consequences and Temporal Framing on Acceptance of the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine" (X. Nan, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Melissa Janoske, "Building Online Communities after Crises: Two Case Studies" (B.F. Liu, advisor). Current position:  University of Memphis, Memphis, Tenn.
  • Kelly Daily, "Explicating Partisans’ Responses to Balanced News Coverage of Health Policies" (X. Nan, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication, LaSalle University, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Susan Allen, "Putting Out Fires: How Communication Professionals Understand and Practice Conflict Resolution" (E.L. Toth, advisor). Current position:  Advanced Academic Program in Communication, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.

2013

  • Rowena Lyn Briones, "Examining the Get Yourself Tested Campaign: How Online Information Seeking and Sexual Health Perceptions Influence Efficacy and Communicative Action" (L. Aldoory, advisor). Current position:  Vectorworks, Inc., Columbia, Md.
  • Steven D. Cohen, "Listening to Student Voices: A Case Study on the Basic Communication Course" (A.D. Wolvin, advisor). Current position:  Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
  • Theresa Donofrio, "Genocide Rhetorics in U.S. Popular Culture: Anxiety, Agency, and Authority" (S.J. Parry-Giles, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication Studies, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Lindsay Hayes, "Congressional Widowhood and Gubernatorial Surrogacy: A Rhetorical History of Women's Distinct Paths to Public Office" (S.J. Parry-Giles, advisor)     
  • Leysan Khakimova, "An Exploratory Study of the Meaning of Public Diplomacy: A Network Approach" (E.L. Toth, advisor). Current position:  Zayed University, Dubai
  • Tiffany Lewis, "Boosting the American Mythic West and U.S. Woman Suffrage: Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain Women's Public Discourse at the Turn of the Twentieth Century" (K.L. Maddux, advisor). Current position:  School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York, New York, N.Y.
  • Ling Na, "Health, Multiculturalism, and Social Integration" (D.J. Hample, advisor). Current position:  School of Population Health, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
  • Sejal Patel, "An Extension of the Risk Perception Attitude (RPA) Framework: Examining the Relationships between Thinking Style, Locus of Control, Anxiety, and Information Seeking" (M.M. Turner & A.D. Wolvin, advisors)     
  • Adam Richards, "Survival of the Persuasible: An Evolutionary Approach to Interpersonal Influence" (D. Hample, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication Studies, Furman University, Greenville, S.C.
  • Paula Weissman, "Where Does News About Prescription Drugs Come From?: Exploring How Organizations Built and Framed the National News Media Agenda for Hormone Therapy from 1995 to 2011" (L. Aldoory, advisor). Current position:  School of Communication, American University, Washington, D.C.

2012

  • Vanessa Boudewyns, "A Meta-Analytical Test of Perceived Behavioral Control Interactions in the Theory of Planned Behavior" (E.L. Fink, advisor). Current position:  RTI International, Washington, D.C.
  • Sabine Chai, "The Influence of Power on Negotiation Processes" (D.A. Cai & E.L. Fink, advisors)     
  • Ioana A. Cionea, "A Dual Perspective on the Management of Relational Transgressions in Romantic Relationships" (E.L. Fink & D.J. Hample, advisors). Current position:  Department of Communication, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.
  • Alyssa Samek, "Crafting Queer Identity, Building Coalitions, and Envisioning Liberation at the Intersections: A Rhetorical Analysis of 1970s Lesbian-Feminist Discourse" (S.J. Parry-Giles, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication, California State University-Fullerton, Fullerton, Calif.
  • Stephen Underhill, "J. Edgar Hoover and the Rhetorical Rise of the FBI: The Public Campaigns against Vermin, the Fifth Column, and Red Fascism" (S.J. Parry-Giles, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication Studies, Marshall University, Huntington, W.Va.
  • Jill Cornelius Underhill, "Examining the Effects of Hope and Fear Appeals on Cognitive Processing" (T. Parry-Giles & M.M. Turner, advisors). Current position:  Department of Communication Studies, Marshall University, Huntington, W.Va.
  • Abbey Blake Levenshus, "The Social Coast Guard: An Ethnographic Examination of the Intersection of Risk Communication, Social Media, and Goverment Public Relations" (B.F.Liu, advisor). Current position:  College of Communication, Butler University, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Ahnlee Jang, "Exploration of Communicative Social Capital, Civic and Political Engagement of the Korean Diaspora" (E.L. Toth, advisor)     
  • Lin Zhu, "A Longitudinal Study of Person-Culture Fit: Convergence of Mental Models" (M. Liu, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication Studies, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Boston, Mass.
  • Deepa Anagondahalli, "Predicting Psychological Ripple Effects of Crisis Communication: Investigating the Joint Effects of Message and Message Receiver Attributes" (B.F.Liu & M.M. Turner, advisors)     
  • Beth Sundstrom, "Women's Voices: Integrating Diffusion of Innovations Theory with Social Marketing to Understand Women's Health" (L. Aldoory, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication, College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.
  • Mara Hobler, "Situating Organizational Participation, Discourse, and Development at Two Key Global Maternal Health Conferences: A Critical-Cultural Analysis" (L. Aldoory, advisor). Current position:  Surgical Outcomes Research Center, Seattle, Wash.

2011

  • Lucinda L. Austin, "Rural Women’s Meaning Making of Empowerment and Health: Exploring the Dimensions of and Factors that Affect Empowerment" (L. Aldoory, advisor). Current position:  School of Media & Journalism, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Timothy Barney, "(Re)Placing America: Cold War Mapping and the Mediation of International Space" (T. Parry-Giles, advisor). Current position:  Department of Rhetoric & Communication Studies, University of Richmond, Richmond, Va.
  • Heather Epkins, "Media Framing of Terrorism: Views of 'Front Lines' National Security Prestige Press" (L. Aldoory, advisor). Current position:  Governor's Coordinating Offices, State of Maryland, Annapolis, Md.
  • Sarah Evans, "Nuclear Reactions: Advancing a Theory of Risk Communication through an Experimental Test of the Relationships among Message-Induced Emotions, the Dimensions of the Psychometric Paradigm, the Operationalization of Expertise, and Expert and Lay Person Risk Assessments" (M.M. Turner, advisor). Current position:  Fors Marsh Group, Arlington, Va.
  • Art Herbig, "The Textualization of Pat Tillman: Understanding the Relationships between Person, Discourse, and Ideology" (R. Gaines, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Christine Skubisz, "Toward a Theory of Risk Information Processing: The Mediating Effects of Reaction Time, Clarity, Affect, and Vividness" (M.M. Turner, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication Science & Disorders, Emerson College, Boston, Mass.

2010

  • Martha Kelly Carr, "Rhetorical Contingency and Affirmative Action: The Paths to Diversity in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke" (T. Parry-Giles, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication, University of West Florida, Pensacola, Fla.
  • Katie Reynolds Place, "A Qualitative Examination of Gender and Power in Public Relations" (E.L. Toth, advisor). Current position:  Department of Strategic Communication, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn.

2009

  • Elena Bessarabova, "The Dynamics of Reactance and Cognitive Structure" (E.L. Fink & M.M. Turner, advisors) . Current position:  Department of Communication, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.
  • Hua Jiang, "A Model of Work-Life Conflict and Quality of Employee-Organization Relationships: Transformational Leadership, Procedural Justice, and Family-Supportive Workplace Initiatives" (L. Aldoory, advisor). Current position:  Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Erica Lamm, "Civic Engagement Development in Communication Students: A Case Study" (A. Wolvin, advisor). Current position:  Department of English, Communication, and Theatre, Concordia University, Seward, Neb.
  • Yi Luo, "Public Relations and Sensemaking during Organizational Change in Multinational Organizations in China" (E.L. Toth, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication Studies, Montclair State University, Montclair, N.J.
  • Hongmei Shen, "Organization-Employee Relationship Model: A Two-Sided Story" (E.L. Toth, advisor). Current position:  School of Journalism & Media Studies, San Diego State University, San Diego, Calif.
  • Brian G. Smith, "Integrating Strategic Relationship Management: Evaluating Public Relations as Relationship Management in Integrated Communication" (E.L. Toth, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Bjørn F. Stillion Southard, "The Rhetorical Origins of African Colonization in the United States" (J.F. Klumpp, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication Studies, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
  • Shuo Yao, "Attributional Processes in Accounting for Conflict Behaviors" (D.A. Cai & E.L. Fink, co-advisors). Current position:  School of Communication, Radford University, Radford, Va.
  • Ai Zhang, "Public Relations Education in the 21st Century: An Exploratory Study of Public Relations Education in China" (E.L. Toth, advisor). Current position:  Department of Communication, Richard Stockton College, Pomona, N.J.