PhD (2009) - Communication, Arizona State University
MA (2005) - Human Communication, California State University, Chico
BA (2003) - Speech Communication, California State University, Chico
"Mutability is our tragedy, but it's also our hope.” - Boethius from The Consolation of Philosophy
Human beings have a co-dependent relationship with language—language shapes us and we shape language. My life as a researcher and as an instructor is dedicated to understanding the nuances of this relationship. My first exposure to language theory was as an undergraduate and debater at CSU Chico. I continued to pursue the complications of humans and language as a Master’s student at Chico, where my interests became more narrowly focused on terrorism, national security, and politics. As a PhD student at Arizona State University I joined the Consortium for Strategic Communication and co-authored two book chapters in Weapons of Mass Persuasion concerning language and terrorism. The same issues fascinate me today as I continue to explore politics and security through the study of conservativism in the United States.
- Western States Communication Association (WSCA)
- National Communication Association
Courses Frequently Taught
- CMST 131 - Speech Communication Fundamentals
- CMST 350 - Foundations of Rhetorical Communication Theories and Practice
- CMST 354 - Persuasion
- CMST 452 - Freedom of Speech
- CMST 620 - Teaching Strategies for Communication Studies Teaching Associates
The language of terrorism. The rhetoric of conservative activism in the United States. The rhetoric of immigration.