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Alumni Dissertations

2018

Leblanc, Amanda
Opening wounds and possibilities: A critical examination of violence and monstrosity in horror TV

Hawley, Cody
The Uses of Community in Modern American Rhetoric

Scheffels, Erin
EVERYTHING IS FINE: Self-portrait of a caregiver with chronic depression and other preexisting conditions

Zonni Spinazola, Lisa Pia
Lives on the (story)Line: Group Facilitation with Men in Recovery at The Salvation Army

McCarthy, Mark
Redefining Survival Through Post-Race and Post-Feminism in the Lost Apocalypse

Fine, Zoe
Becoming a Woman of ISIS

2017

Bell, Travis
Documenting an Imperfect Past: Examining Tampa's Racial Integration through Community, Film, and Remembrance of Central Avenue

Monteagut, Lorraine
Second-Generation Bruja: Transforming Ancestral Shadows into Spiritual Activism

Gobes-Ryan, Sheila
Full-Time Teleworkers Sense Making Process for Informal Communication

Abraham, Jacob
Breach: Understanding the Mandatory Reporting of Title IX Violations as Pedagogy and Performance

Clements, Meredith
Chemotherapy-Induced Alopecia and Quality-of-Life: Ovarian and Uterine Cancer Patients and the
Aesthetics of Disease

Keller, Alyse
Performing Narrative Medicine: Understanding Familial Chronic Illness through Performance

Hudson, Nancie
Practical Theology in an Interpretive Community: An Ethnography of Talk, Texts and Video in a Mediated Woman's Bible Study

2016

Bartell, Joanna
When Maps Ignore the Territory: An Examination of Gendered Language in Cancer Patient Information Literature

Davidson, Lindy
Spiritual Frameworks in Pediatric Palliative Care: Understanding Parental Decision-making

Hodges, Nathan
Blue-Collar Scholars: Bridging Academic and Working Class Worlds

Jeter, Elizabeth
The Communication Constitution of Law Enforcement in North Carolina's Efforts Against Human Trafficking

Menzies, Alisha
Black Americans and HIV/AIDS in Popular Media: Conforming to The Politics of Respectability

Bresnahan, Krystal
From Portraits to Selfies: Family Photo-making Rituals

2015

Jenkins, David
Was it Something They Said? Stand-up Comedy and Progressive Social Changed

Lockler, Tori
The Meaning of Stories Without Meaning: A Post-Holocaust Experiment

Curry, Heather
A Semiotic Phenomenology of Homelessness and The Precarious Community: A Matter of Boundary

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

(Dunn) Rennels, Tasha
"You Better Redneckognize": White Working-Class People and Reality Television

Paxton, Blake
Feeling at Home with Grief: An Ethnography of Continuing Bond and Remembering the Deceased

2014

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

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

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

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

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

Day, Carolyn
The Rhetoric of Corporate Identity: Corporate Social Responsibility, Creating Shared Value, and Globalization

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

Blinne, Kristen
Communication as Yoga

2013

Weidhaas, Allison
An Analysis of How Female Business Owners Construct and Communicate Identity

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

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

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

Jefferies, Tammy
Examining the Ontoepistemological Underpinnings of Diversity Education Found in Interpersonal Communication Textbooks

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

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

2012

Terril, Rachel Anne Binns
Inside NFL Marriages: A Seven Year Ethnographic Study of Love and Marriage in Professional Football

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

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

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

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

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

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

2011

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

Johnston, Brian
Alternative Christian Identities: An Ethnography of Jesus People USA's Cornerstone Festival

Borawski, Beverly McClay
The Construction of Adversarial Growth in the Wake of a Hurricane Constructing

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

2010

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

Johnson, Matthew
An Ethnography of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Performing Community and Reconfiguring gender

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

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

Blaeuer, Daniel
An Ecology of Performance: Gregory Bateson's Cybernetic Performance

2009

Zaid, Bouzaine
Public Service Television: Policy and National Development in Morocco

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

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

Boylorn, Robin
Southern Black Women: Their Lived Realities

2008

Smith-Sullivan, Kendall
The Authoethnographic Call: Current Considerations and Possible Futures

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

Minge, Jeanine Cob
Building: Movements and Moments of Survival

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

Hermann, Andrew
Socialization and Transitional Academic Identity: Sensemaking Narratives of the New Communication Faculty

Gonzalez, Robert
The Drama of Collaborative Creativity: A Rhetorical Analysis of Hollywood Film Making-of Documentaries

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

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

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

2007

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

Thelan, Adi
Narrative Efforts at Social Redemption by People with AIDS/HIV

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

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

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

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

Brooks, Matthew
Friendships Between Men: Masculinity as a Relational Experience

2006

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

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

2005

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

Reffue, John
A Rhetoric of Sports Talk Radio

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

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

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

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

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

2004

Shouse, Eric
Outlaw Heroes and Road Warriors: Standup Comedy and the Quest for Fame

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

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

2003

Leoutsakas, Dennis
The Orphan Tales: Real and Imagined Stories of Parental Loss

Kreisher, Robert
Developing Organizational Development: Alienation and Organizing in the age of Information

Hemmat, Allen
Transformation Aspects of Culturally Distant Mystical and Religious Texts

George, Joan
Flat Chests and Crossed Eyes: Scrutinizing Minor Bodily Stigma Through the Lens of Cosmetic Surgery

Bean, Cynthia
Framing and Sensemaking in Organizational Change: The Experience of Nomadic Work

Baglia, William J.
Building Masculinity: Viagra and the Performance of Sexual Health

2002

Ostrenko, Margaret
Learning Conversations at a Marine Science Center

Kohl, Virginia
From Arm-Chair Philosophy to Social Agency: A Case Study in Participatory Action Research with the Humanities of Florida

Goodier, Bethany
Sustaining the Spirit: Creating a Sanctuary for Living, Working and Healing

Foster, Elissa
Intimate Stranger: Relational Communication Between Hospice Volunteers and Patients

Arlington, Michael
Recreating Ourselves: Stigma, Identity Changes, and Narrative Reconstruction Among Prostate Cancer Survivors

2001

Woodward, Thomas
Aroused from Dogmatic Slumber: A Rhetorical History of the Intelligent Design Movement

Strauman, Elena
The Doctor's Stories: A Narrative Analysis of Physicians in the News

Singh, G'han
Romancing the Tar Baby: Performance, Representation, and the Emotional Economy of Cross-racial Sex

Perry, Judith L.
Sibling Relationships and Car of Parents: Deconstructing Memoirs and Personal Narratives

Makagon, Daniel
When the Ball Drops: Disrupting Times Square's Fantasy

Hirschmann, Krista
Fidelity and Fecundity: The Performance of Sex Communication Between Parents and Children and Patients and Physicians

Gregory, Kimberly Weller
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: Employee Identity in the New Economy

Golombisky, Kimberly D.
Unexcused Absences: Education Discourses on Women's Sport, Student-on-Student Sexual Harassment, and Gender Equality Advocacy

Frame, Melissa J.
Blind Spots: The Stigmatizing Experiences of Being Invisibly Visually Impaired

Ellingson, Laura J.
Communicating Across Disciplines: A Feminist Ethnography Collaboration on a Geriatric Oncology Team

Cox, Dennis E.
"Smile Honey, Our Church is Watching": Identity and Role Conflict in the Pastoral Marriage

2000

Rand, Honey
In the Public Interest: A Story of Conflict, Communication, and Change in Tampa Bay's Water Wars

Berger, Leigh
Messianic Judaism: Searching the Spirit

Andrews-Crotwell, Linda
The Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force: An Ethnographic Study of Collaboration for the Love of a River

1999

Winn, John Emmett
Negotiating Class Through Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

Laine-Timmerman, Linda E.
Living the Mystery: The Emotional Experience of Floor Nursing

1998

Tillman-Healy, Lisa
Life Projects: A Narrative Ethnography of Gray-Straight Friendship

Pupchek, Leanne
Home and Native Land: Imagining "Canada" in the Style of Indigenous Art

Murphy, Alexandra G.
Managing "Nowhere": The Changing Organizational Performance of Air Travel

Jones, Janna
The Downtown Picture Palace: The Significance of Place, Memory and Cinema

Jago, Barbara J.
Ambivalence and Agency: Women's narratives of Father-Absence

French, Daniel B.
Through the Eyes of the Comic Mask: An Ethnographic Exploration of the Identity of a Stand-up Comedian

Austin, Deborah
Understanding Close Relationships Among African American in the Context of the Million Man March

1997

Sells, Laura
Toward a Feminist Critical Rhetoric: Subjectivity, Performance, and the Body in Feminist Public Address

Grant, Charles Henry III
Physician-Patient Communication in Accrual to Trial Interviews

Cherry, Keith P.
Ain't No Grace Deep Enough: An Authoethnographic Study of a Residential Facility for Homeless People with AIDS

1996

Simpson, Timothy A.
Contesting Community: Memory, Place, and Culture in Ybor City, Florida

Olive, Tonja E.
Cultural and Collective Stories of Health and Illness: An Analysis of Women's Stories and Media Representations of Breast Cancer

1995

Peterson, Lori W.
The Influence of Sharing a Semantic Link on Social Support in Work Relationships at a Hospital

Moberg, Virgil B.
Foreign Correspondent Films: A Form For Knowing

Kiesinger, Christine
Anorexic and Bulimic Lives: Making Sense of Food and Eating