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Dissertations by Year

The following dissertations were completed toward the attainment of the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the Department of Communication.


Tasha Rennels. “You Better Redneckognize”: White Working-Class People and Reality Television.

Blake PaxtonFeeling at Home with Grief: An Ethnography of Continuing Bonds and Re-membering the Deceased.

Travis Thompson. Designing Together with the World Café: Inviting Community Ideas for an Idea Zone in a Science Center.


Summer Cunningham. Love and (M)other (Im)possibilities.

Ellen Klein. Changing Landscapes: End-of-Life Care and Communication at a Zen Hospice.

Carolyn Day. The Rhetoric of Corporate Identity: Corporate social responsibility, creating shared value, and globalization.

Colin A. Forde. Emergency Medicine Triage as the Intersection of StoryteLLing, Decision Making, and Dramaturgy.

Barbara Bennington. Crisis Communication : Sensemaking and Decision-Making by the CDC Under Conditions of Uncertainty and Ambiguity During the 2009-2010 H1N1 Pandemic.

Amanda Firestone. "Is That What You Dream About? Being a Monster?”: Bella Swan and the Construction of the Monstrous-Feminine in The Twilight Saga.

David Lee. Informing, Entertaining & Persuading: Health Communication at The Amazing You.

Kristen Blinne. Communication as Yoga.

Shelby D. Forbes. Organizing Disability: Producing Knowledge in a University Accommodations Office.


Tammy Jeffries. Examining the Ontoepistemological Underpinnings of Diversity Education found in Interpersonal Communication Textbooks.

Eric Engel. Polysemy, Plurality, & Paradigms: The Quixotic Quest for Commensurability of Ethics and Professionalism in the Practices of Law.

Allison Weidhaas. An analysis of how female business owners construct and communicate identity.

Huikyong Pang. The 2008 Candlelight Protest in South Korea: Articulating The Paradox of Resistance in Neoliberal Globalization.

Christopher J. Patti. Compassionate Storytelling with Holocaust Survivors: Cultivating Dialogue at the End of an Era.

Patrick Dillon. African Americans and Hospice: A Culture-Centered Exploration of Disparities in End-of-Life Care.

David Purnell. Community on the Menu: Seven Courses to Cultivate Familial Bonds, Exchange Social Capital, and Nourish Community.


Ardis Hanson. Unlocking the Black Box of Policymaking: A Discursive View of the Florida Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse

David Steinweg. Improvisational Music Performance: On-Stage Communication of Power Relationships.

Rachel Anne Binns Terrill. Inside NFL Marriages: A seven year ethnographic study of love and marriage in professional football.

Carly Giesler. Performances of Gender and Sexuality in Extreme Sports Culture.

Steve Schoen. The Rhetoric of Evidence in Recent Documentary Film and Video.

Sarah T. McGhee. Masculinity, Sexuality, and Soccer: An Exploration of Three Sport-for-Social-Change Programs in South Africa.

J. Jacob Jenkins. Community as Metaphor: Dialectical Tensions of a Racially Diverse Organization.


Beverly McClay Borawski. The Construction of Adversarial Growth in the Wake of a HurricaneConstructing

Brian Johnston. Alternative Christian Identities: An Ethnography of Jesus People USA’s Cornerstone Festival

Emily Ryalls. The Culture of Mean: Gender, Race, and Class in Mediated Images of Girls’ Bullying

Julia Barnhill. Giving Meaning to Grief: The Role of Rituals and Stories in Coping with Sudden Family Loss


Rachel Silverman. Coming Out, Becoming, Being and Doing: A Spectrum of Jewish Female Identity in Contemporary Culture and A Call to Action for the Jewish Community.

Daniel Blaeuer. An Ecology of Performance: Gregory Bateson’s Cybernetic Performance.

Matthew Johnson. An Ethnography of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Performing Community and Reconfiguring Gender

Elizabeth Edgecomb. Looking Good and Taking Care: Consumer Culture, Identity, and Poor, Minority, Urban Tweens

Sara Dykins Callahan. Where Christ Dies Daily: Performances of Faith at Orlando's Holy Land Experience


Gregory V. Smith. Rhetorics of Fear, Deployment of Identity, and Metal Music Cultures.

Robin Boylorn. Southern Black Women: Their Lived Realities

Jillian Tullis Owen. Communicating Spirituality, Dying and a Good Death at the End-of-Life: The Role of Hospice Interdisciplinary Team Members

Bouziane Zaid. Public Service Television Policy and National Development in Morocco

Robert Gonzales. The Drama of Collaborative Creativity: A Rhetorical Analysis of Hollywood Film Making-of Documentaries

Mary Poole. The Class of '65: Boomers at Sixty Recall Turning Points That Shaped Their Lives

Angie Day. Family Business Daughters: The Ties that Bind and Divide

Kendall Smith-Sullivan. The Autoethnographic Call: Current Considerations and Possible Futures

Andrew Herrmann. Socialization and Transitional Academic Identity: Sensemaking Narratives of the New Communication Faculty

Tony Adams. Learning, Living, and Leaving the Closet: Making Gay Identity Relational

Gary Carson. Time Bending: Temporal Malleability and Organizational Response in Crisis Situations

Linda Levitt. Hollywood Forever: Culture, Celebrity, and the Cemetery

Jeanine Minge, Cob Building: Movements and Moments of Survival

Cara Mackie. Achieving Sobriety: A Narrative Investigation of Women, Identity, and Relationships.

Matt Brooks. Friendships Between Men: Masculinity as as Relational Experience.

Beth Eschenfelder. Interagency Collaboration and Communication: Funders and Service Providers Working Together to Create a Management Service Organization.

Patrick Cannon. Communication for Planetary Transformation and the Drag of Public Conversations: The Case of Landmark Education Corporation.

Shirlan Williams. Graduate Students/Mothers Negotiating Academia and Family Life: Discourses, Experiences, and Alternatives.

Sandy Cooper. Making Sense of Complex Failure: The Case of 9/11.

Adi Thelen. Narrative Efforts at Social Redemption by People with AIDS/HIV.

Wang, Zhong (June). Inside and Outside Multinational Corporations: Evolutional Identities of Researcher and Researched.

Vangelis, Linda. Communicating Change: An Ethnography of Women's Sensemaking on Hormone Replacement Therapies, Menopause, and the Women's Health Initiative.

Malcolm, Nigel. One More River to Cross: The Therapeutic Rhetoric of Race and the Post-Civil Rights Era.

Moreman, Shane. Performativity and the Latina/o-White Hybrid Identity: Performing the Textual Self.

Davis, Christine. A Future With Hope: The Social Construction of Hope, Help, and Dialogic Reconciliation in a Community Children’s Mental Health System of Care.

Gao, Hongmei. The Invisible Handshake: Interpreting the Job-Seeking Communication of Foreign-Born Chinese in the U.S.

Walker, Deborah. Motive and Identity in the Narratives of Community Service Volunteers.

Curry, Elizabeth. Communicating Collaboration and Empowerment: A Research Novel of Relationships with Domestic Violence Workers.

Reffue, John. A Rhetoric of Sports Talk Radio.

Asmuth, Margaret (Vi). Developing and Sustaining Interpersonal Relationships Between Certified Nursing Assistants and Residents in Long-Term Care Facilities.

Kodish, Slavica. Trust Unbound: The Meaning of Trusting Organizational Relationships.

Shouse, Eric. Outlaw heroes and road warriors: Standup comedy and the quest for fame.

Baglia, William J. Building masculinity: Viagra and the performance of sexual health.

Bean, Cynthia. Framing and sensemaking in organizational change: The experience of nomadic work.

George, Joan. Flat chests and crossed eyes: Scrutinizing minor bodily stigma through the lens of cosmetic surgery.

Hemmat, Allen. Transformation aspects of culturally distant mystical and religious texts.

Kreisher, Robert. Developing organizational development: Alienation and organizing in the age of information.

Leoutsakas, Dennis. The orphan tales: Real and imagined stories of parental loss.

Arrington, Michael. Recreating ourselves: Stigma, identity changes, and narrative reconstruction among prostate cancer survivors.

Foster, Elissa. Intimate strangers: Relational communication between hospice volunteers and patients.

Goodier, Bethany. Sustaining the spirit: Creating a sanctuary for living, working, and healing.

Kohl, Virginia. From arm-chair philosophy to social agency: A case study in participatory action research with the humanities of Florida.

Ostrenko, Margaret. Learning conversations at a marine science center.

Cox, Dennis E. "Smile honey, our church is watching": Identity and role conflict in the pastoral marriage.

Ellingson, Laura J. Communicating across disciplines: A feminist ethnography collaboration on a geriatric oncology team.

Frame, Melissa J. Blind spots: The stigmatizing experiences of being invisibly visually impaired.

Golombisky, Kimberly D. Unexcused absences: Education discourses on women's sport, student-on-student sexual harassment, and gender equity advocacy.

Gregory, Kimberly Weller. Don't sweat the small stuff: Employee identity in the new economy.

Hirschmann, Krista. Fidelity and fecundity: The performance of sex communication between parents and children and patients and physicians.

Makagon, Daniel. When the ball drops: Disrupting Times Square's fantasy.

Perry, Judith L. Sibling relationships and care of parents: Deconstructing memoirs and personal narratives.

Singh, G'han. Romancing the tar baby: Performance, representation and the emotional economy of cross-racial sex.

Strauman, Elena. The doctor's stories: A narrative analysis of physicians in the news.

Woodward, Thomas. Aroused from dogmatic slumber: A rhetorical history of the intelligent design movement.

Andrews-Crotwell, Linda. The Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force: An ethnographic study of collaboration for the love of a river.

Berger, Leigh. Messianic Judaism: Searching the spirit.

Rand, Honey. In the public interest: A story of conflict, communication, and change in Tampa Bay's water wars.

Laine-Timmerman, Linda E. Living the mystery: The emotional experience of floor nursing.

Winn, John Emmett. Negotiating class through contemporary Hollywood cinema.

Austin, Deborah. Understanding close relationships among African Americans in the context of the Million Man March.

French, Daniel B. Through the eyes of the comic mask: An ethnographic exploration of the identity of a stand-up comedian.

Jago, Barbara J. Ambivalence and agency: Women's narratives of father-absence.

Jones, Janna. The downtown picture palace: The significance of place, memory and cinema.

Murphy, Alexandra G. Managing "nowhere": The changing organizational performance of air travel.

Pupchek, Leanne. Home and native land: Imagining "Canada" in the style of indigenous art.

Tillman-Healy, Lisa. Life projects: A narrative ethnography of gay-straight friendship.

Cherry, Keith P. Ain't no grave deep enough: An ethnographic study of a residential facility for homeless people with AIDS.

Grant, Charles Henry III. Physician-patient communication in accrual to trial interviews.

Sells, Laura. Toward a feminist critical rhetoric: Subjectivity, performance, and the body in feminist public address.

Olive, Tonja E. Cultural and collective stories of health and illness: An analysis of women's stories and media representations of breast cancer.

Simpson, Timothy A. Contesting community: Memory, place, and culture in Ybor City, Florida.

Kiesinger, Christine. Anorexic and bulimic lives: Making sense of food and eating.

Moberg, Virgil B. Foreign correspondent films: A form for knowing.

Peterson, Lori W. The influence of sharing a semantic link on social support in work relationships at a hospital.