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Alisha Menzies successfully defended her dissertation, “Black Americans and HIV/AIDS in Popular Media: Conforming to The Politics of Respectability.” Congratulations Alisha!
Travis Bell has been accepted to the 2016 NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar at Ohio University, taking place July 21-24. Congratulations!
Nathan Hodges successfully defended his dissertation, “Blue-Collar Scholars: Bridging Academic and Working Class Worlds.” Congratulations Nate!
Elizabeth Jeter successfully defended her dissertation, “The Communication Constitution of Law Enforcement in North Carolina’s Efforts Against Human Trafficking.” Congratulations Libby!
Nicholas Riggs successfully defended his dissertation, “Improvising Close Relationships: A Relational Perspective on Vulnerability”. Congratulations Nick!
Marquese McFerguson delivered a spoken word performance at the 2016 Florida College Access and Success Summit for an audience of over 200 educators, city leaders and business professionals from across the state. Congratulations!
Hannah Prince successfully completed her MA comprehensive examination on April 15, 2016! Congratulations Hannah!
Conversations in Color by Marquese McFerguson has been published! The book contains a mixture of poetry, prose and original paintings that celebrate the American Civil Rights Movement. Marquese will also take part in a panel discussion and book signing as part of the 2016 National Park Service Centennial in Little Rock, Arkansas. Congratulations!
Dr. Aubrey Huber was selected by The National Student Employment Week committee as USF’s 2016 Supervisor of the Year. She was nominated by our graduate students for her commitment to quality student employment, commitment to teaching new student employees during an on-boarding process, commitment to the professional development of student employees, and dedication to helping student employees with their academic pursuits. Congratulations!
Lindy Davidson successfully defended her dissertation, “Spiritual Frameworks in Pediatric Palliative Care: Understanding Parental Decision-making”. Congratulations Lindy!
Joanna Bartell successfully defended her dissertation, “When Maps Ignore the Territory: An Examination of Gendered Language in Cancer Patient Information Literature”. Congratulations Joanna!
Nancie Hudson won the 2016 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Arts and Humanities category. Congratulations!
Adolfo Lagomasino and Jacob Abraham received top paper awards at this year's Southern States Communication Association Convention. Congratulations!
Erin Scheffels had two papers published, one in Argumentation and Advocacy as well as one in the Journal of Medicine and the Person. Congratulations!
Sean Swenson received a $1350 grant to help fund his and two of his graduate student colleagues’ travel to Georgetown University for the Kennedy Institute of Ethics' Intensive Bioethics Course. In addition, Sean also had three entries published in The Sage Encyclopedia of Economics and Society.
Lindy Davidson had a piece published in the recent special issue of Departures in Critical Qualitative Research. Dr. Aisha Durham is a guest editor of this special issue. Congrats!
Dr. Art Bochner and Dr. Carolyn Ellis have published Evocative Autoethnography: Writing Lives and Telling Stories with Routledge Press. Congratulations!
Elizabeth Jeter has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Human Relations position in the Department of Human Relations, Sociology, Anthropology, and Non-Profit Studies at High Point University, a private liberal arts institution in High Point, North Carolina. Congratulations!
Dr. Rachel Dubrofsky is quoted in "Why are 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' so white? Lifetime's 'UnREAL' explores the issue," an article in The Los Angeles Times. Congratulations!
Max Plumpton successfully defended his thesis, "Selling the American Body: The Construction of American Identity Through the Slave Trade." Congratulations Max!
Jaime Robb successfully defended his thesis, "In Search of Solidarity: Identification Participation in Virtual Fan Communities." Congratulations Jaime!
Dr. Arthur Bochner has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award in Qualitative Inquiry for his lifetime contributions to the methods, theory, practice, and dissemination of qualitative inquiry. Congratulations!
Alisha Menzies has accepted an Assistant Professor position starting Fall 2016 in the Communication Department at The University of Tampa. Congratulations!
Academic advisor Andrea Sereno has been promoted to SAII, a senior advisor position. Congratulations!
Nathan Hodges has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Communication Studies at Coe College, a private liberal arts college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Congratulations!
Dr. Aisha Durham spoke with reporter Emerald Morrow of Tampa Bay's WTSP 10 News in an interview discussing the meaning and signifance of Beyonce's "Formation" video and halftime performance at Super Bowl 50. Congrats!
Dr. Marleah Dean Kruzel recently had her story, "Marleah: Inspired By My Mom," featured by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Bring Your Brave" campaign. The campaign, centered around the experiences of young women affected by breast cancer and with an elevated genetic risk for breast cancer, seeks to to raise awareness and provide important health information for young women. Congrats!
Alyse Keller performed her solo performance, Disabling Mother, with Adolfo Lagomasino at the 2016 Patti Pace Performance Festival at Georgia Southern University. Using her family as a source of inquiry, the performance sought to explore the construction and performance of disability within family units while challenging and critiquing current societal constructions of disibility and chronic illness. Congrats!
Lindy Davidson led "Dealing With The Hard Conversations," a skill development session centered on health communication and patient-centered care at the 2016 AMSA Pre-Med Fest. Congrats to Lindy!
Dr. Keith Berry served as the guest editor for a special issue of Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies: "Queering Family/Home/Love/Loss," 2015. Dr. Berry's special issue was recently selected to receive the 2016 Innovator Award by the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Caucus of the Central States Communication Association. Congrats!
Dr. Aisha Durham discusses Home With Hip Hop Feminism: Performances in Communication and Culture as the featured scholar in the latest interview with New Books in Pop Music. Congrats!
Dr. Rachel Dubrofsky was recently featured in an article in The Washington Post examining "hate-watching" as it relates to reality television. Congrats!
Dr. Aisha Durham has gone international media this time! Dr. Durham describes Halloween minstrelsy for Haaretz, a leading international Israeli newspaper akin to the New York Times. Published in its Hebrew edition, the interview is based on Durham’s recent Cultural Studies Critical Methodologies publication, “_____ While Black: Millennial Race Play and the Post Hip-Hop Generation.” Congrats to Aisha!
Summer Cunningham, Jim Bowman, Jennifer Whalen, and Mariaelena Bartesaghi will receive a Top Paper award at NCA, 2015 for the work they submitted to Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The title of their paper is:
“Re-Writing Interpersonal Communication: A Portfolio-Based Curriculum for Process Pedagogy”. Congrats!
Cody Hawley’s paper, Mother Against Modernity: The Rhetorical Uses of 'Mother' in White Southern Gospel, 1929-1949, will be featured in the Top Student Paper panel of the Religious Communication Division at the National Communication Association conference in Las Vegas in November 2015.
Travis Bell’s paper, Framed: A qualitative analysis of ESPN's coverage of the College Football Playoff, won the Competitive Communication Scholarship Graduate Student Top Paper at the 2015 Florida Communication Association conference.
Jen Whalen has been elected as President of the Florida Communication Association for 2015-2016. Congrats to Jen!
Dr. Marleah Dean Kruzel was featured on Tampa Bay’s local Bay News 9 Station regarding her participation in the Center of Disease Control’s (CDC) new Young Women & Breast Cancer campaign called “Bring Your Brave.” By sharing real life stories about young women who have been affected by breast cancer and who are at a high genetic risk for breast cancer - like Dr. Dean Kruzel - the campaign hopes to raise awareness, provide information, and encourage preventative healthy behaviors among women under 45-years of age. You can read the Bay News 9 story by following this link:
Aisha Durham is the recipient of the 2015 Top Book Award from the NCA African American Communication and Culture Division (AACCD). She will receive her award for Home with Hip Hop Feminism: Performances in Communication and Cultureduring the AACCD business meeting on Saturday, November 21, 2:00-3:15 pm.
Dr. Carolyn Ellis will be awarded the 2015 NCA Distinguished Scholar Award. Congratulations to Carolyn!
PhD student Marquese L. McFerguson and Undergraduate student Terrell Foster have been chosen to participate in TedxUSF talks. Congrats to both! Marquese’s talk examines the use of spoken word poetry to promote cross-cultural consciousness and encourage critical dialogue on intercultural issues and lived experiences. Terrell's talk is titled "We Could Be Heroes" and focuses on the minority experience during military service. Tickets are available beginning October 1 and the talks are scheduled for November 18, 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm.
David Jenkins successfully defended his dissertation “Was it Something They Said? Stand-up Comedy and Progressive Social Change”
James Chris Holcom successfully defended his thesis “Eye of the Beholder: An Artistic Transposition of Truth in Historical Narrative from Herodotus to Hollywood
Heather Curry successfully defended her dissertation, “A Semiotic Phenomenology of Homelessness and The Precarious Community: A Matter of Boundary.” Congrats, Heather!
Robert Bruce successfully defended his thesis, “Straight Benevolence: Preserving Heterosexual Authority and White Privilege.” Congrats, Robb!
Aisha Durham has been promoted and granted tenure at the University of South Florida. Congratulations!
Chaim Noy’s new book, Thank You for Dying for Our Country: Commemorative Texts and Performances in Jerusalem, was recently released by Oxford University Press. In the book, Chaim examines a commemorative visitor book that is located in a national military site in Jerusalem, Israel. The book combines ethnographic approaches to language and to writing (and reading), with a semiotic analysis of the museum in which the visitor book is located, and a discursive-textual analysis of visitors’ texts. The book depicts how identity and commemoration are actually being performed.
Rachel Dubrofsky’s co-edited collection with Shoshana Magnet, Feminist Surveillance Studies, will be released by Duke at the end of May. The introductory sections are now available online and can be accessed by clicking here.
The collection contends that questions of gender, race, class, and sexuality have been left largely unexamined in surveillance studies. Contributors provide new directions for analyzing surveillance, using feminist theory to expose the ways in which surveillance practices and technologies are tied to systemic forms of discrimination that serve to normalize whiteness, able-bodiedness, capitalism, and heterosexuality.
Mariaelena Bartesaghi was a panelist at the American Meteorological Society's 43rd Conference on Broadcast Meteorology and Third Conference on Weather Warnings and Communication. Mariaelena argued that contrary to post-facto accounts, Hurricane Katrina was no failure of "coordination."
Ashley J. Martinez, who earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in our department, has recently been appointed as Communications and Engagement Manager with the Florida College Access Network. Ashley’s responsibilities include developing communication strategies, creating informational materials and managing internal and external communications. Ashley’s service as a mentor for Latina migrant youth and her own experience as a first generation college student and Take Stock in Children scholarship recipient has made her an advocate for college access and completion initiatives.
David Lee, a doctorate from the department, has been offered, and will accept, a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the CUNY New York City College of Technology. Congrats, David!
Tori Lockler successfully defended her dissertation “The Meaning of Stories Without Meaning: A Post-Holocaust Experiment”. Congratulations!
Tasha Rose Rennels successfully defended her dissertation, “You Better Redneckognize”: White Working-Class People and Reality Television.” Congrats Tasha.
This year's Comm Day took place on Friday, April 22, 2016. Events included the Bull Speak Out, the Lambda Pi Eta Induction Ceremony, the Spring 2016 Performance Showcase, the annual Grazier Lecture, and more. Click here for a schedule of the day's events.
Dr. Aisha Durham presented Between Death and Life: Why Communication Matters When We Talk About Social Justice on Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library. The presentation, sponsored by the USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships, described how the performance, regulation and representation of blackness today informs how we talk about poverty, inequity, and social justice.
As a part of Dr. Marleah Dean Kruzel’s research project, “Empowering Preventative Options for Women Experiencing Risk", undergraduate communication students Rachel Korou and Jennifer Martinez presented research on genetic testing and health communication at the Undergraduate Research Colloquium on April 6, 2016 at the Marshall Student Center.
Communication student Brittany Schoen will also presented her research, which grows from a research project with Dr. Mariaelena Bartesaghi that investigates the tensional discourses of deafness that emerge from the campaign for cochlear implants. Psychology student Ashley Derisme, who worked with Dr. Bartesaghi on her honors thesis, presented her research, examining the process of creating an art journal as a way to experience identity as reflexive, emergent, and ongoing.
On Monday, March 21, 2016, Dr. Art Bochner spoke about his current work on memory-work and its significance in autoethnography and personal narrative as part of the Spring 2016 USF Educational Psychology Colloquium in the USF College of Education.
Dr. Carolyn Ellis presented a lecture titled "Take(s) Heart: Doing Compassionate Research with a Holocaust Survivor" on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Patel Center for Global Solutions. Click here for more information.
On Monday, February 15, 2016, Senior Capstone students participated in a Distinguished Alumni Panel to learn about building networking relationships and finding internships and careers after graduation. Six panelists facilitated small group discussions and answered questions about how they apply communication theory and skills in the workplace. Thank you to our wonderful alumni for volunteering their time!
Dr. Marleah Dean Kruzel delivered an invited presentation at the 5th Annual Houston Area Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Conference in Houston, TX on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Her presentation is entitled, “So You Tested Positive for BRCA, Now What?: Learning from Previvors’ Healthcare Experiences to Navigate One’s Own Health Journey."
On Friday, November 20, 2015 PhD student Marquese McFerguson was a featured panelist at the Social Conscience Gathering in Little Rock, Arkansas. The panel sought to engage participants in solution-oriented dialogue that examines what young people, parents, leaders, businesses and community stakeholders can do to address social barriers that still persist in communities of color.
Homegrown Humanities: Feminist Interventions in Surveillance Studies & Miley and Kim K's Twitpix, with Rachel Dubrofsky
On Tuesday, November 10th, Grace Allen Room (Library, 4th Floor) at 3:30 pm Associate Professor from the Department of Communication, USF's own Rachel Dubrofsky discussed her newly published book that looks at the controversial questions of gender, race, class and sexuality that have been left unexamined in surveillance studies. Her talk addressed questions such as: How might surveillance put different bodies at risk/on display with particular contingencies? Who is scrutinized under surveillance, and why and at what cost? What are the implications for disenfranchised bodies? This presentation discussed these questions and how a few of the questions are taken up in a chapter on tabloid coverage of Twitter photographs posted by Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian.
PhD student Marquese L. McFerguson and undergraduate student Terrell Foster have been chosen to participate in TedxUSF talks. Congrats to both! Marquese’s talk examines the use of spoken word poetry to promote cross-cultural consciousness and encourage critical dialogue on intercultural issues and lived experiences. Terrell's talk is titled "We Could Be Heroes" and focuses on the minority experience during military service.
Dr. Marleah Dean Kruzel delivered an invited presentation entitled, “Understanding Health Communication, Genetic Risk, and Hereditary Cancer through Qualitative Research” for the Department of Clinical Psychology at the University of South Florida on Friday, September 18th from 12-1pm.
Dr. Aisha Durham delivered a keynote address, “Necropolitics in the Age of New (Media) Minstrelsy,” for the Department of Communication Graduate Student Conference at California State University (East Bay) on May 15, 2015.
For the conference titled, “#BlackLivesMatter: Civil Rights and Social Justice in the 21st Century,” Durham turned to digital media to describe how the doing-being black body performs cathartic labor for the nation. She also disscissed how minoritized millennials protest the political minstrelsy of American democracy. She suggests postrace like blackface has been unmasked for a new generation now activated as the new dream defenders challenging new (media) minstrelsy and racial terror today.