NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

North Carolina State University, Program in Communication, Rhetoric & Digital Media

The Ph.D. Program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at North Carolina State University prepares doctoral students to analyze the social, cultural, and political dimensions of information technologies, new communication media, and digital texts and to actively engage digital media through research, criticism, production, and practice. Students work with program faculty from the departments of Communication and English and with affiliated faculty from departments across the university to study oral, written, visual, computational, and multimodal forms of communication and rhetoric and digital media; to examine the transformation of communication in the context of converging digital media and communication networks; and to address the theoretical challenges of innovative, interdisciplinary research.Master's degree in Communication, English, Rhetoric, or other relevant field.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-15: 14


Concentrations/Research Emphases 

  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital Media Production
  • Digital Rhetoric
  • Emerging Digital Genres
  • Environmental Communication
  • Game Studies
  • Interpersonal and Group Communication in a Network Society
  • Mobile Technologies and Culture
  • Online Information Design
  • Organizational Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods in Digital Media Research
  • Science, Technology, and Risk Communication
  • Social Networks & Social Media
  • Technology and Pedagogy
  • Visual Rhetoric


  • None

Admission Requirements 

  • Master's GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Master's level work should include one quantitative or qualitative methods course (this requirement may be met after admission from courses at NC State).
  • Master's level work should include 9 credit-hours in an approved disciplinary area and 3 credit-hours in a second disciplinary area (this requirement may be met after admission from master's level courses at NC State).

Graduate Faculty 

  • Professor Chris Anson, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Professor David Berube, Ph.D., New York University
  • Assistant Professor Andrew Binder, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor Helen Burgess, Ph.D., West Virginia University
  • Professor Michael Carter, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Assistant Professor Elizabeth Craig, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • Professor Deanna Dannels, Ph.D., University of Utah
  • Associate Professor Adriana de Souza e Silva, Ph.D., Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Assistant Professor Huiling Ding, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Assistant Professor Casie Fedukovich, Ph.D., University of Tennessee
  • Assistant Professor Paul Fyfe, Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • Professor Victoria Gallagher, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Associate Professor Ora Gelley, Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • Assistant Professor Chris Ingraham, Ph.D., University of Colorado
  • Associate Professor Jessica Katz Jameson, Ph.D., Temple University
  • Professor Melissa Johnson, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Assistant Professor Andrew Johnston, Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • Associate Professor Susan Katz, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Professor Hans Kellner, Ph.D., University of Rochester
  • Associate Professor William Kinsella, Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • Associate Professor James Kiwanuka-Tondo, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
  • Associate Professor Kami Kosenko, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Professor Carolyn Miller, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Associate Professor Devin Orgeron, Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • Professor Ann Penrose, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
  • Assistant Professor Stacey Pigg, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Associate Professor David Rieder, Ph.D., University of Texas, Arlington
  • Professor Robert Schrag, Ph.D., Wayne State University
  • Associate Professor Sarah Stein, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Assistant Professor Timothy Stinson, Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • Professor Jason Swarts, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Assistant Professor Nick Taylor, Ph.D., York University
  • Professor John Wall, Ph.D., Harvard University
  • Assistant Professor Rebecca Walsh, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor Stephen Crofts Wiley, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Assistant Professor Emily Winderman, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Professor Kenneth Zagacki, Ph.D., University of Texas
Research Specialties : 
Communication & Technology, New Media-Social Media, Organizational Communication, Public Relations-Strategic Communication, Rhetorical Studies, Risk-Science-Environmental Communication