“Beyond bad hombres, mamacitas, and borders: Rethinking representation of Mexicanidad in 2017 animation Coco”

Dr. Julia Khrebtan-Hörhager & Emily Dosch’s paper published in Communication, Culture, and Critique Associate Professor Julia Khrebtan-Hörhager and M.A. student Emily Dosch have published the paper “Beyond bad hombres, mamacitas, and borders: Rethinking representation of Mexicanidad in 2017 animation Coco” in the latest issue of Communication, Culture, and Critique. Abstract: The release of Coco in […]

“‘There are two sides to every story’: Text and con-text at the Mob Museum”

Cari Whittenburg’s paper published in Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric Along with coauthor Brian L. Ott—Professor of Communication at Missouri State University—Ph.D. student Cari Whittenburg has published the paper “‘There are two sides to every story’: Text and con-text at the Mob Museum” in the latest issue of Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric. Abstract: The Museum of Organized […]

Congratulations to our outstanding graduate students!

Annual Gordon F. Hostettler Memorial Scholarships announced Every year, two Communication Studies graduate students—one M.A. student and one Ph.D. candidate—are awarded Gordon F. Hostettler Memorial Scholarships. These awards are given to students who distinguish themselves in all aspects of the graduate program. They recognize excellence in academics, research productivity, strengths as an instructor, and positive […]

Ph.D. Student Wins College Award for Research

Congratulations to our Ph.D. Student Michelle Matter, who won a College of Liberal Arts – Highest Achievement Award for Scholarship/Research at the 2022 GradShow! CSU GradShow The Colorado State University GradShow is an annual event at which hundreds of CSU graduate students present their research, entrepreneurship, and creative arts. On November 16, 2022, students competed […]

M.A. Graduate Finds Success Connecting People

Clarence Sanon, ’22, demonstrated excellent communication skills early on. At age 12, he was already a door-to-door salesman, “selling Black Pages (think Yellow Pages, but just black-owned businesses).” Fast forward to his time as an M.A. student in Communication Studies at CSU, where Clarence enjoyed further honing those skills. Bridging gaps and communicating differences Clarence […]

“Adding amusement to anxiety: Uses of humor in informal caregiver support groups”

Michelle Matter’s paper published in Communication Quarterly Ph.D. student Michelle Matter has published the paper “Adding amusement to anxiety: Uses of humor in informal caregiver support groups” in Communication Quarterly. Summary from Matter: I analyzed support groups for informal caregivers of people with dementia, in which humor and laughter were fairly common. I sorted the […]

“Perceived immediacy and burnout as mediators of instructor misbehaviors and students’ task value”

Emeline Ojeda-Hecht’s paper published in Southern Communication Journal Along with coauthors Stephanie Kelly, Ryan Goke, and Nikki Christen, Ph.D. student Emeline Ojeda-Hecht has published the paper “Perceived immediacy and burnout as mediators of instructor misbehaviors and students’ task value” in Southern Communication Journal. Abstract: The purpose of the present study was to examine instructional influences […]

“The Refractive Comic: Nanette and Comedy From Inside Identity”

Kiah Bennett’s paper published in Television & New Media Ph.D. student Kiah Bennett has published the paper “The Refractive Comic: Nanette and Comedy From Inside Identity” in Television & New Media. Abstract: This essay theorizes a millennial-era iteration of stand-up comedy: refractive comedy. Through close textual analysis of Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette (2018), I argue refractive […]

Graduate students impress with 2022 Excellence in Teaching Awards

Our graduate committee was beyond impressed by the nominations received for the Excellence in Teaching Award at the M.A. and Doctoral levels this year. Communication Studies graduate students are doing amazing work and are making phenomenal contributions in the classroom. Congratulations to the winners of this year’s awards, Emily Scroggins (M.A. Student) and Kira Marshall-McKelvey […]

“(W)reckoning dual pandemics through food and hip-hop topoi: An analysis of Ghetto Gastro’s Afrocentric PCI rhetoric”

Mitch Combs and Kristen Herring’s article published in Popular Culture Studies Journal Ph.D. students Mitch Combs and Kristen Herring have published the article “(W)reckoning dual pandemics through food and hip-hop topoi: An analysis of Ghetto Gastro‘s Afrocentric PCI rhetoric” in Popular Culture Studies Journal. Excerpt: Contemporary chefs are pushing the boundaries of their work beyond the kitchen, […]