2012 Doctoral Honors Seminar

July 10 - 13, 2012
Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
United States

The 2012 DHS was held July 10-13 on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and was hosted by the Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism. Over 100 students were nominated for the 2012 DHS, and the thirty-five selected participants include individuals representing twenty-nine different doctoral programs.

The 2012 DHS coordinator was G. Thomas Goodnight. Faculty seminar leaders included Michael Cody (USC), Sarah Banet-Weiser (USC), Daniel Gross (University of California-Irvine), David Hingstman (University of Iowa), Peter Monge (USC), Stephen O'Leary (USC), Linda Putnam (University of California-Santa Barbara), Patricia Riley (USC), and Alison Trope (USC).

  • Colin Agur, Columbia Journalism School. Colin’s project is entitled “From the Bank to the Bazaar: Mobile Payment and Second-Order Network in Low Income Countries.”

  • Erin M. Arizzi, Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina. Erin’s project is entitled “Surveying the State of Natality: Technologies of Assisted Reproduction and the ‘Structure of Feeling’ in the 1980s.”  

  • Anna Baranchuk, Department of Communication, Georgia State University. Anna’s project is entitled “Russia’s New Fascism: A Lacanian-Burkean Study of Russian National Identity Renegotiation.”

  • Caitlin Bruce, Department of Communication Studies, Northwestern University. Caitlin’s project is entitled “Transnational Art, Transnational Murals: Post-Revolutionary Urban Street Art.”

  • Lisa Carlton, Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa. Lisa’s project is entitled “Friended from the Front.”

  • Courtney Caudle, Department of Communication, University of Illinois. Courtney’s project is entitled “Jacqueline Kennedy and the Politics of Popularity.”

  • Emily Cram, Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University. Emily’s project is entitled “Smell the Blood in the Soil: Rhetorics of Citizenship, Violence, and the Sensate in the Queer West.”

  • Theresa Donofrio, Department of Communication, University of Maryland. Theresa’s project is entitled “From Memory to Action: Mutability, Memory & Agency in U.S. Mediations of Genocide Cessation Discourse.”

  • Ersen (Ali) Erol, Department of Communication and Culture, Howard University. Ali’s project is entitled “Internarrativity.”

  • Moritz Fink, University of Munich. Moritz’s project is entitled “Convergence Culture, Culture Jamming, and ‘The Simpsons.’”

  • Lauhona Ganguly, School of Communication, American University. Lauhona’s project is entitled “The Cultural Sway of the Market: Cultural Adaptation of Reality TV Formats and the Production of Aspirations in India.”

  • Lisa Guntzviller, Department of Communication, Purdue University. Lisa’s project is entitled “Interaction Goals, Parenting, and Language Brokering: Understanding Latino Mother-Adolescent Communication.”

  • Kate Lockwood Harris, Department of Communication, University of Colorado. Kate’s project is entitled “Show Them a Good Time: Organizing Violence and Inequality Regimes.”

  • Sophie Janicke, Department of Communication, Florida State University. Sophie’s project is entitled “Exploring the role of Entertainment in Meaningful Spirituality Experiences.”

  • Elizabeth Jeter, Department of Communication, University of South Florida. Elizabeth’s project is entitled “Dialoguing Fair Trade: Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts and Ethical Consumerism.”

  • Erik Johnson, Department of Communication Studies, Northwestern University. Erik’s project is entitled “Nkrumahism’s Moments: Ghanaian Rhetorical Tradition, Political Thought, and the African Public Sphere.”

  • Sherri Katz, Department of Communication, Cornell University. Sherri’s project is entitled “Re-Constructing Reactance: A Test of Theoretical Integrations between Construal Level Theory and Psychological Reactance Theory.”

  • Sarah Kornfield, Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University. Sarah’s project is entitled “Postfeminist Detectives: Television Genres and Crimes.”

  • Jungmin Kwon, Department of Communication, University of Illinois. Jungmin’s project is entitled “Specularizing the Queer Body: When Korean Straight Females Appeared.”

  • Lucas Logan, Department of Communication, Texas A&M University. Lucas’s project is entitled “The IPR GPR: The Emergence of a Global Prohibition Regime to Regulate Intellectual Property Infringement.”

  • Jennifer Malkowski, Department of Communication, University of Colorado. Jennifer’s project is entitled “The Remarkation of Identity: Online Health Forums, Rhetorical Identification, and Stories of HPV Exposure.”

  • Mridula Mascarenhas, Department of Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Mridula’s project is entitled “The ELCA as Deliberative Community: A Study of the Distinctive Features of Deliberation in a Religious Context.”

  • Alison Novak, Department of Culture & Communication, Drexel University. Alison’s project is entitled “How (Not) to Caffeinate a Political Group: Parent Post Influence on Conversational Network Structure.”

  • Vandhana Ramadurai, Department of Communication, Texas A&M University. Vandhana’s project is entitled “A Critical Understanding of Health & Hunger Issues among Women in an Indian Slum.”

  • Michael Rancourt, Department of Language, Literature, and Communication, Renssalear Polytechnic Institute. Michael’s project is entitled “Remembering the Iraq War: The Rhetoric of Public Memory and the Memory of Publics.”

  • Shawna Malvini Redden, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University. Shawna’s project is entitled “How Lines Organize Compulsory Interaction, Emotion Management, and ‘Emotional Taxes’: The Implications of Passenger Emotion and Expression in Airport Security Lines.”

  • Stephanie Robbins, Department of Communication, University of California-Santa Barbara. Stephanie’s project is entitled “Computer Mediated Communication, Disclosure, and the Confidante Response Model.”

  • Jenny Rosenberg, School of Communication Studies, Kent State University. Jenny’s project is entitled “Impression Management, Negative Self-Conscious Emotions & Information Management: A Motivated Information Management Model of Self-Presentation (MIMMS).”

  • Mark Schaukowitch, Department of English, University of South Carolina. Mark’s project is entitled “The Politics & Ethics of Dividing the Subject: The Roman Catholic Church’s Use of Silence.”

  • Monika Jones Sengul, Department of Communication, University of California-San Diego. Monika’s project is entitled “Metaphorical Imprints: Performativity in Data Mining and Cloning.”

  • Lara Stache, Department of Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Lara’s project is entitled “A Rhetorical Construction of Botox: Botox Parties, Real Housewives, and the Female Body from a Technophilic Lens.”

  • Anthony Stagliano, Department of English, University of South Carolina. Anthony’s project is entitled “Electronic Disturbances: Transborder Immigrant Tools, Invention, & Geopolitics.”

  • Chan Le Thai, Department of Communication, University of California-Santa Barbara. Chan’s project is entitled “Development and Validation of a Scale for Media Literacy.”

  • Freya Thimsen, Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina. Freya’s project is entitled “Troping Democratic Collectivity: Community and Corporate Personhood.”

  • Edward Timke, Department of Communication, University of Michigan. Edward’s project is entitled “Looking at Me, Looking at You: Popular French and American Magazines’ Constructions and Comparisons of Each Other’s Women, 1945-1963.”