Rhetoric and Public Culture Students

J. Dakota Brown initially trained as a graphic designer and later received an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently he is a third-year student; his primary research interest is typography as contextualized by historical transformations in labor, technology, and aesthetic experience. jdakotabrown@gmail.com

Beatrice J. Choi is a 5th year PhD candidate. Before coming to Northwestern, she completed an MA in Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU and BAs in Communication and International Studies from UCSD. She is currently developing a media ethnography on open-source software communities in Brazil that explores technological conditions of knowledge production, alternative labor formations, and narratives of innovation in the Global South. beatrice.choi@u.northwestern.edu

Anndrea Ellison is a PhD Candidate who received her MA from University of Illinois at Chicago in English Studies after receiving a BA in English Literature from Bryan College. Her research interests include gender studies, American twentieth century religions, and the American public sphere. Her dissertation focuses on the print culture of mainstream women's political organizations in the 1980s.

Lauren DeLaCruz is a third-year student with a B.B.A in Business and Economics from James Madison University and an M.A. in English with a concentration in Professional Writing and Rhetoric from George Mason University. Her dissertation research explores how processes of public memory work to perpetuate gender ideologies through popular toys, such as the Easy Bake Oven and American Girl dolls. She is also interested in ideologies of girlhood and childhood and the various forms of popular education that work to sustain them such as 19th-century didactic literature for girls, puberty guidance manuals, and historical fiction.

Tricia England is a third-year student with a BA in English Literature from Carleton College. Her professional experience includes political communications consulting and campaign management. Her research interests include discourses and practices of American civic participation and digital space, particularly as they relate to issues of gender.
tricia.england@gmail.com

Gabby Garcia is a third-year student with a BA in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications from the University of Winnipeg, and an MA in Communication Studies from Northwestern University. Her current research interests consist of critical theory, visuality, urban spaces, theories of modernity, Latin America, and transnationalism. gabbygarcia@u.northwestern.edu

Eric James is a second-year student with a BA in Communication Studies and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on rhetorical elements of digital interface and interaction, particularly in social media and video games. Before coming to Northwestern, Eric spent two years in Austin, Texas working for a reputation management and digital marketing startup. His past research involved multi-mediated horror narratives and American monster myths.

Kate Johnston is a sixth-year who studies modern transnational social movements with a focus on women's rights, the Middle East, and social media. She came to Northwestern with graduate degrees in both Comparative Literature and Iranian Studies from Indiana University. Her current research looks at the implications of how social media has started to change American notions of relationship with Middle Eastern Muslim women from one of owner and/or caretaker to self-identification or heroization. kathrynjohnston2012@u.northwestern.edu

Harriette Kevill-Davies is a second year student. She holds BA (Hons) degrees in Politics, Philosophy and History; and Linguistics and French, from Birkbeck College, University of London, and an MA in Social Sciences from The University of Chicago. Recent work has included examinations of public memory in relation to television representations of the late Cold War period, considering the role of sentimental nostalgia in confronting complex political events that continue to affect Western ideologies. In previous work, she examined twenty-first century British tabloid news representations of child sexual abuse alongside exposés of child prostitution in the late nineteenth century. She continues to be interested in the rhetoric and public representation of child abuse, as well as constructions of adolescence and masculinity. harriettekevilldavies2014@u.northwestern.edu

Angela Leone is a second-year student who received her BA in Rhetoric and Media Studies from Willamette University. Her undergraduate research and BA thesis were centered on how music can act as discourse, and how performing music functioned as a stylistic precedent for oral discourse in the early women's suffrage movement within the United States. Her research interests take particular root in queered communities, and relate to the overlapping significance of music, technology, community, performance, and rhetoric. angelacleone@gmail.com

Rob Mills is a fifth-year student and a Northwestern University Presidential Fellow. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Emory University and an MA in Communication Studies from Georgia State University. His dissertation project explores maritime piracy in early nineteenth century United States public culture and its part in the development of a sovereign imaginary. He is also interested in the role of law in public life, the politics of the unspeakable, and contemporary rhetorical and political theories. robmills@u.northwestern.edu

Zachary Mills is a first-year student who earned a BA in Print Journalism from Western Kentucky University and both an M.Div and MA with concentrations in Homiletics and Liturgics from Vanderbilt University. His MA thesis explored how the rhetorical tropes trickster figures in Afro-American literature and folklore utilized to navigate systems of oppression might inform African American homiletic theory in general and contemporary African American preaching in particular. His research interests include the intersections of race, religion and politics. His most recent project involves writing the biography of civil rights leader and Chicago pastor Rev. Clay Evans. Currently, he serves as the director of the Center for African American Theological Studies at the non-profit SCUPE. zacharymills2017@u.northwestern.edu.

David Molina holds a BA in English from Amherst College and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi. Prior to joining the Rhetoric and Public Culture program, David engaged in various education and community work in Mississippi: as a high school teacher in Jackson, as project coordinator for the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, and as instructional designer for the Center for Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Mississippi. His research currently focuses on articulations of “coalition” in social movement discourse and expressive arts in the late 60s and early 70s. dmmolina@gmail.com

Liam Olson-Mayes is a second year PhD student. He received a BA in Women's Studies and an MA in Communication Studies from McGill University in Montreal. His master's thesis analyzed different kinds of media produced around the Detroit bankruptcy. His current research takes up economic anthropology as a tool for understanding how the question of what constitutes value is context specific. The goal of this research is to fill out how value is operating in modernity and to begin to identify sites where non-exploitative forms of exchange take place, that is, sites with the potential for new forms of reciprocal sociality.

Lital Pascar is a fourth year student in Northwestern's Rhetoric and Public Culture program. Her work looks into the contemporary American public discourse about monogamy and non- monogamy, in relation to the contemporary political, economic, and cultural moment. She holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Tel- Aviv University, and an MA in cultural studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her professional experience includes working and volunteering in several human rights, LGBTQ and women’s rights NGOs as youth counselor, community coordinator and administrative director. Her research interests include feminist and queer theory, critical theory, cultural studies, affect theory, and popular culture. litalpascar2017@u.northwestern.edu

James Proszek is a second-year student who earned his BA in Philosophy and Communication from Drury University and his MA in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. James studies intercultural rhetoric with a special focus on rhetorical discourses and methods as a pedagogical topic. His current research projects consider how classrooms and schools, and the institutions and subjects therein, are rhetorically constructed. jamesproszek2019@northwestern.edu

Dylan Rollo earned his BA with honors in Rhetoric and Communication Studies and Writing at Drake University and his MA in Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University. His research interests have developed around feminist and queer geographies as well as visual cultures of space and place as seen in architectural renderings, particularly relating to potential modes of embodied belonging and resistance for marginalized groups in the built environment. He previously worked as an editorial assistant for the Women’s Studies in Communication journal. dylan.rollo@u.northwestern.edu

Michelle E. Shaw is a second-year student and earned her BA in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University. While working as a full-time journalist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center. She later earned a Master of Theology degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Before returning to the classroom to pursue her graduate education, she wrote for several newspapers in the South and Southeast over the course of 15 years. She is currently interested in how rhetoric factors into the preaching moment, specifically within predominately Black churches. michelleshaw2015@u.northwestern.edu

Catalina Uribe holds a M.A. in Political Philosophy from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. Her research focuses on the intersection between media, political discourse and public policy. She is also interested in the tensions between technocratic and populist discourses and its implications on public opinion. Before coming to Northwestern she worked as an Assistant Professor at Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. catalinauribe@u.northwestern.edu

LaCharles Ward is a Ph.D. candidate in the Rhetoric and Public Culture program in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. He is also the 2016-2017 co-organizer (with Patricia Nguyen, Performance Studies) of the Colloquium on Ethnicity and Diaspora (CED) which is affiliated with the Asian American Studies Program in the Weinberg College of Arts and Science. Broadly, his research interests lie at the junctures of critical theories of race and racism, visual rhetoric, state violence, and Black visual culture studies. His dissertation, “They Left Us Dead,” attends to questions around the precariousness of Black life, anti-black state violence, and the political, social, and visual role of contemporary Black protest culture.

Zhiqiu (Benson) Zhou is a second year student who obtained his BA in Public Relations and a minor in Journalism from Communication University of China, and an MA in Communication Studies from Renmin University of China. His recent research focuses on the relationship between commercial mobile media and media users in the changing media market, how the concept and connotation of homosexuality transformed in the late imperial China, and online discourse of vulnerable groups’ resistance.