Carolyn Robbins is a current Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Political Culture. Prior to attending the University of Maryland, Carolyn earned her B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy and her M.A. in Communication with a focus on rhetorical criticism from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Her scholarly pursuits focus on the rhetoric surrounding mass incarceration. She is particularly interested in the ways public memory, circular reasoning, and tautology come together to maintain hegemonic power structures. Outside of her research, Carolyn works to engage her students in collaborative learning exercises and meaningful discussions about advocacy.