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Dissertations from 2017

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Love, Touch and the Documentary Project, Laurel Ahnert

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Neo-Fascism and the State: The Negotiation of National Identity in Modern Russia, Hanna Baranchuk

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Transnational Presidential Rhetoric and the Global Imaginary: George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, Zoe Carney

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A Hip-Hop Joint: Thinking Architecturally About Blackness, Lauren Cramer

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Discourse and Network Analysis of Iran Expertise in the U.S., Esmaeil Esfandiary

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To (A)Void: Rhetorical Shifts, Significant Absences, and Absent Signification in The Bush Administration’s Justificatory Iraq War Rhetoric, Mina Ivanova

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Narrative Change in Professional Wrestling: Audience Address and Creative Authority in the Era of Smart Fans, Christian Norman

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Celebrities’ Climate Change Advocacy on Twitter and its Effects on Public Perception and Behavioral Change, Sejung Park

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Fear vs. Hope: Do Discrete Emotions Mediate Message Frame Effectiveness In Genetic Cancer Screening Appeals, Matthew C. Sones

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NEW INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTERS AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY: SITES OF CONTESTATION, Christopher M. Toula

Dissertations from 2016

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IMAGINING THE HOUSEWIFE: MEDIATED REPRESENTATIONS OF GENDER IN POST-WAR AMERICA, Nicole Barnes

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Exploring the Obesity-Related Lifestyle Attitudes and Behaviors of African-American Women and Afro-Caribbean Immigrant Women in Metro Atlanta, Georgia, Melany Chambers

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Case Study of the “No On 37” Coalition Against the Deceptive Food Labeling Scheme: Public Relations Strategies & Tactis, Ethically Problematic Communication, and the First Amendment, Eugenia Pia Ferrero

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Bodies That Scatter: Sound, Cinema, Figure, Form, Justin Horton

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DOC MCSTUFFINS: HOW AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESCHOOLERS INTERPRET ENTERTAINMENT-EDUCATION MESSAGES, Shajobia Keys

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Queering Images of Citizenship: Rhetoric, Representation, and LGBTI Refugees, Emily Kofoed

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Likes, Posts, and Tweets Oh My: Social Media and The Practice of Excellence in Public Relations Within Professional Sports Organizations, Trayce Leak

Dissertations from 2015

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The February 20th Movement Communication Strategies: Towards Participatory Politics, Houda Abadi

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Presidential Rhetoric at the United Nations: Cosmopolitan Discourse and the Management of International Relations, Andrew D. Barnes

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Entertainment-Education To Increase Self-Efficacy And Reduce Counterarguing: HIV/AIDS Prevention And African Americans, Tonia N. East-Phanor

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Representations of African American Women on Reality Television After the Great Recession, Steven Herro

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Viewers' Involvement and Responses to an Entertainment Narrative in the Personal Television Environment, Sangmi Lee

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Sonic Vocality: A Theory on the Use of Voice in Character Portrayal, Cindy Milligan

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Comparing Effects of Public Service Announcements on Young Adults' Perception of the R-word, Vangelia Morris

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"Hello Shoppers?" - Themed Spaces, Immersive Popular Culture Exhibition, and Museum Pedagogy, Ian Peters

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The Digital Logic of Death, Steven Pustay

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Global Playground: Mutualism, the Ethic of World Citizenship, and the Films of Dayyan Eng, Munib Rezaie

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A Rhetorical Analysis of George Jackson's Soledad Brother: A Class Critical and Critical Race Theory Investigation of Prison Resistance, Nick J. Sciullo

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Seeking Sexual Health Information from Romantic Partners: Testing an Application and Extension of the Theory of Motivated Information Management, Michael Tannebaum

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The Evolution of Cable Network Branding: Time Warner in the Post-Network Era, 2001-2011, Darcey West

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Post-Feminism, Shaming, and Wedding-Themed Reality Television, Katharine P. Zakos

Dissertations from 2014

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From Splicing To Dicing: Film Sound Design Goes Digital In The 1990s, Vanessa Ament-Gjenvick

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The Mobile Savage: Presidential Peace Rhetoric and the Perpetuation of Enemies, Stephen Heidt

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Digital image politics: The visual rhetoric of Anonymous, Jason Jarvis

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Institutionalized Speech: The Presidency and the Domestic Auto Industry, Steve A. Stuglin

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The Rhetorical City: (Re)Arranging and (Dis)Placing Atlanta's Urban Space, Scott Tulloch

Dissertations from 2013

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Oblique Optics: Seeing the Queerness of Ec-static Images, Kristopher L. Cannon

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The Rhetoric of Louis E. Martin, "Godfather of Black Politics", Kristina E. Curry

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The Role of The Media in a Precarious Plural Democracy: The Case of Lebanon, May Fawaz

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I am a Revolutionary Black Female Nationalist: A Womanist Analysis of Fulani Sunni Ali's Role as a New African Citizen and Minister of In-formation in the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Africa, Rondee Gaines

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Profit Margins: The American Silent Cinema and the Marginalization of Advertising, Jeremy W. Groskopf

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Nothing But the Truthiness: A History of Television News Parody and its Entry into the Journalistic Field, Curt W. Hersey

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The Ontological Scandal of Corporate Personhood and Speech: A Rhetorical Analysis of Key Supreme Court Decisions, Nneka Logan

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The Last Stone is Just the Beginning: A Rhetorical Biography of Washington National Cathedral, Teresa F. Morales

Dissertations from 2012

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Vernacular Posthumanism: Visual Culture and Material Imagination, Drew R. Ayers

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Phenomenal Bodies: The Metaphysical Possibilities of Post-Black Film and Visual Culture, Michele P. Beverly

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Subterranean Dissent in the Okefenokee Swamp: The Life and Politics of Walt Kelly's 1950s POGO, James E. Black Dr.

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Exploring Subtext Processing in Narrative Persuasion: The Role of Eudaimonic Entertainment Use Motivation and a Supplemental Conclusion Scene, Elizabeth L. Cohen

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Strategies of Narrative Disclosure in the Rhetoric of Anti-Corporate Campaigns, Richard A. Herder

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Reconsidering Testimonial Forms and Social Justice: A Study of Official and Unofficial Testimony in Chile, T. Randahl C. Morris

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The Critical Eye: Re-Viewing 1970s Television, Karen C. Petruska PhD

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Mass Media and Representation: a Critical Comparison of the CCTV and NBC Presentations of the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Summer Games, James R. Schiffman

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"Doing it For The Dudes": A Comparative Ethnographic Study of Performative Masculinity in Heavy Metal and Hardcore Subcultures, John Ike Sewell Jr.

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Black Public Creative Figures in the Neo-Racial Moment: An Analysis of Tyra Banks, Tyler Perry and Shonda Rhimes, 2005-2010, Danielle E. Williams

Dissertations from 2011

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Rhetorical Failures, Psychoanalytic Heroes: A Psychorhetoric of Social Change, Kimberly D. Huff

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Webs of Resistance: The Citizen Online Journalism of the Nigerian Digital Diaspora, Farooq A. Kperogi

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Competing Image Vernaculars in the Anti-lynching Movement of the 1930's, Samuel P. Perry

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Facebook Friendships between College/University Instructors and Students: Deciding Whether or Not to Allow Students as Friends, Communicating with Students, and the Individual Differences that Influence Instructors' Impression Management on Facebook, Melissa S. Plew

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The Playful Audience: Professional Wrestling, Media Fandom, and the Omnipresence of Media Smarks, Shane Matthew Toepfer

Dissertations from 2010

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Jake Wells Enterprises and the Development of Urban Entertainments in the South, 1890-1925, Eric Dewberry

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Corruptions of the Flesh: The Body, Subjectivity, Postmodernity, Larrie Dudenhoeffer

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Unnamed Sources: A Longitudinal Review of the Practice and its Merits, Matt J. Duffy

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Strategic Positioning: UNESCO's Use of Argumentation to Encourage a U.S. Return to Membership, Jared L. Johnson

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Recovering Hyperbole: Re-Imagining the Limits of Rhetoric for an Age of Excess, Joshua R. Ritter

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Mexican Cinema in a Global Age: The Films of Guillermo Del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro González Iñárritu, Stacy S. Rusnak

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The Paranoid Style in an Age of Suspicion: Conspiracy Thinking and Official Rhetoric in Contemporary America, Chara Kay Van Horn

Dissertations from 2009

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Constructing Professionalism: Reifying the Historical Inevitability of Commercialization in Mass Media Communication, RuAnn Rae Keith

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Building Subcultural Community Online and Off: An Ethnographic Analysis of the CBLocals Music Scene, Bryce James McNeil

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Self-Presentation and Social Interaction on Blogs: A Structural Equation Modeling of the Uses and Gratifications of Blogging, Qing Tian

Dissertations from 2007

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Snakes and Funerals: Aesthetics and American Widescreen Films, John Harper Cossar

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U.S. Newspaper Representation of Muslim and Arab Women Post 9/11., Nahed Mohamed Atef Eltantawy

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Reality & Effect: A Cultural History of Visual Effects, Jae Hyung Ryu

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Re-Mediating the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Use of Films to Facilitate Dialogue, Elana Shefrin

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Traveling through Space: Stylistic Progression and Camera Movement, Laszlo Strausz

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Masks and Sartre's Imaginary: Masked Performance and the Imaging Consciousness, William Keith Tims

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Wired Valentines and Webs of Love: An Examination of People’s Attitudes and their Intentions to Use the Net to Form Romantic Relationships, Raiza A. Toohey

Dissertations from 2006

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Foreign Policy Rhetoric for the Post-Cold War World: Bill Clinton and America's Foreign Policy Vocabulary, Jason Allen Edwards

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Imaging and the National Imagining: Theorizing Visual Sovereignty in Trinidad and Tobago Moving Image Media through Analysis of Television Advertising, Susan Lillian McFarlane-Alvarez

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Communicating Cosmopolitanism:An Analysis of the Rhetoric of Jimmy Carter, Vaclav Havel, and Edward Said, Rasha I. Ramzy

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The South Korean Mediascape: State, Civil Society and the Implications of Regional Political Economy for Cultural Transformation, Woongjae Ryoo

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An Open Source Technoscape in India: Motivations, Manifestations, and Speculations, Sumitra Srinivasan

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Freedom and Terror: President George W. Bush's Ideograph Use during his First Term, Joseph Michael Valenzano III

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Maintaining Online Friendship: Cross-Cultural Analyses of Links among Relational Maintenance Strategies, Relational Factors, and Channel-Related Factors, Jiali Ye

Dissertations from 2005

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America's #1 Fan: A Rhetorical Analysis of Presidential Sports Encomia and the Symbolic Power of Sports in the Articulation of Civil Religion in the United States, Michael David Hester