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Student Research

Advanced students in the Communication Studies program are invited by faculty to submit their research for presentation at the annual Northwest Communication Association (NWCA) conference. Papers are competitively selected through a blind review process. Unless otherwise noted, the following authors presented their papers at NWCA.

Curr, Rita. (2011). From Father to Self: Psychoanalysis of the Transformation of a 'Hero' in Ironman

Davis, William (2010). Bourgeoisie Hero versus the Uncomfortable Enemy of Poverty: Marxist Analysis Exposes The Secret Millionaire (Top Paper Award)

Lincicome, Stephanie (2010). Career, Caretaker, Captive: Gender Roles in The Men's Room.

McGowan, Justin (2010). The Influence of Fear: A Look into the Motivation of Fear within Public Service Announcements.

Pettyjohn, Tashia (2010). Restructuring the Hero Through Narrative: A Narrative Criticism of Dexter.

Alexander, Jesse (2008). Wrongful Convictions and False Justice: John Grisham's The Innocent Man

Flukinger, Kaleen (2008). The Conviction of Scott Lee Peterson: How the Media Influenced Attorney Mark Geragos' Opening Statement

Pettyjohn, Tashia (2008). Analyzing Vonnegut: A Bitter Pill of Advice for Educated America

Rockwell, Tiffany (2008). The Platinum Perfect Bride: Romantic Consumerism in Bridal Magazines

May, Gary (2007). What Would Jimmy Do? Carter's "A Message on Justice"

Bolen, Kathy (2007). Rosie the Riveter: The Metaphoric Messages

Setvin, Trevor (2007). Barbara Jordan: Interpretation of Articles of Impeachment

Wickham-Phelps, Ambyre (2007). An Exclusion of Me: A Study of Metaphor and Myth in Toni Morrison's Nobel Lecture (Top Paper Award).

Clarkson, Lee (2006). Super Size Me: Will Extreme Approach Spark Extreme Change?

Wells, Stacie (2006). Fostering Cultural Acceptance: A Narrative Criticism of Finding Forrester

Florence , Will (2006). The Rhetorical Power of Symbolism in Advertisements: Analyzing the Archaic Appeals of Dean Guitars. See the 2007 published essay in the Journal of the Northwest Communication Association

Austin, Maria (2006). Emmeline B. Wells: Revolutionary Woman of Words and Action

Florence, Will (2006). Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Legacy, the Universalization, and the Prize

Sharp, Steven (2005). Bush's Failure to Enact the Presidency

Estabrook, Robert (2005). The Man Who Would Have Been President: John Kerry's Concession at Fanuiel Hall

Vandehey, Regina (2005). What Does It Take to Be a Woman? A Feminist Analysis of Miss Congeniality

Beck, Ashley (2005). Women as Means to an End: A Feminist Analysis of two American Pie Movies

Richards, Jamie (2005). The Day Women Worldwide Took on the Patriarchy: An Analysis of Hillary Rodham Clinton's Speech to the World Women's Conference

Nelson, Maria (2005). Case Studies in Public Address: Barack Obama

Newell, Danielle (2005). Case Studies in Public Address: Hillary Rodham Clinton

Wells, Stacie (2005). Case Studies in Public Address: Sarah Brady

Coupens, Joel (2005). Case Studies in Public Address: Rachel Carson


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