'COMM Plishments, Volume 4, Issue 3: November 1, 2016

Published: Nov. 1, 2016

Sarah Beck, PhD Student, had her paper, “Leaky Closets: The Potentiality of Queer Digital Space” accepted to the Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association conference.    

David Boromisza-Habashi, Associate Professor, was elected Vice-Chair of the Language and Social Interaction Division at ICA, a position that morphs into division chair in the years ahead. In addition, he has two papers that were just published: (1) “What we need is good communication: Vernacular globalization in some Hungarian speech” in the International Journal of Communication, 10, 4600-4619; and (2) with coauthor G. Pál, “The discourse of dictatorship in Central Eastern Europe and the case of Hungarian ‘hate speech’” in D. Carbaugh (Ed.), The handbook of communication in cross-cultural perspective (pp. 287-298). New York, NY: Routledge.

Robert Craig, Professor Emeritus, just published “El metamodelo constitutivo: una revisión a dieciséis años” (C. Vidales, trans.) in C. E. Vidales Gonzáles & E. Vizer (coords.), Comunicación, campo(s), teorías y problemas. Una perspectiva internacional (pp. 307-336). Seville, Spain: Comunicación Social Ediciones y Publicaciones.

Tiara Na’puti, Assistant Professor, has published: “From Guåhan and Back: Navigating a ‘Both/Neither’ Analytic for Rhetorical Field Methods,” in Sara L. McKinnon, Robert Asen, Karma R. Chávez, and Robert Glenn Howard, Eds., Text + Field: Innovations in Rhetorical Method. Penn State University Press, 2016, pp. 56-71. And, her article, "Pacific Moves Beyond Colonialism: A Conversation from Hawai’i and Guåhan" has been accepted for publication by Feminist Studies. Additionally, as a BoulderTalks Executive Committee Member she facilitated a workshop on “The New Green Economy” at the RISE Latino Business Conference in Longmont, Colorado on October 14, 2016. 

Leah Sprain, Assistant Professor, had two articles accepted. The first article, co-authored with past MA graduate student Sonia Ivancic is titled “Communicating openness in deliberation” and it will be appearing in Communication Monographs; the second article, “Paradoxes of public participation in climate change governance” is to appear in The Good Society. As a BoulderTalks Executive Committee member she, along with several other members of the field, received a grant from NCA to support a summer symposium to develop a research agenda around energy democracy.


At the National Communication Association conference in Philadelphia this November the following graduate students will be presenting papers. All are PhD unless otherwise indicated.

Harry Archer, “Using Google Maps to Teach Geosemiotics, Indexicality, and the Contestability of Public Spaces."

Rebecca Avalos, is a panelist on “Construyendo Puentes/Building Bridges: Communicating Environmental Justice and Latinx Community Engagement,” a panelist on “Working Through Anti-racist Pedagogy and Praxis to Critique Notions of Civility as Junior Educators of Color,” and “Race and Revolution from Democracy to Donald: An Intellectual History of the Cultural Formations of (In)Civility.”

Nathan Bedsole, with Jennfier Malkowski, “Inertia, Invention, and Reclaimed Architecture: From Factory Production to Bioengineering.”

Patrick Bujold, MA student, “Creating the Social Pariah through Social Movement: Fossil Fuel Divestment in the Case of Divest Harvard."

Sarah Chorley, “Mental Illness in Organizational Communication Research: Utilizing Feminist Standpoint Theory,” and “Using Exposure Therapy to Manage Public Speaking Anxiety."

T. Jake Dionne and Joe Hatfield, “Objectivity’s Rhetorical Effects,” and “All Eyes on Me’: Subverting Memories of Madness through Residency Shows."

T. Jake Dione is presenting “Specters of James Byrd, Jr: A Racial Haunting in Obama’s Remarks on Hate Crimes Legislation” and “Creatures in the Classroom: Including Internatural Communication in our Textbooks."

Elizabeth Eger, “An Uncertain ‘Closet’ for Transgender Job Seekers,” and with Amy K. Way, “Reimagining Qualitative Data Analysis and Writing in Organizational Communication via a Comparative Constructed Focus Group Method.”

Blake Hallinan, “Likes and Dislikes: The Lazarsfeld-Stanton Program Analyzer and the Theory of Media Affects."

Stephanie Hartzell is presenting “Reasonably Racist: Locating Discourses of White Superiority along an (Un)Reasonable Spectrum”  and “Put Your Theory Where Your Mouth Is: Considering Non-Human Animals from Post-Humanist and New-Materialist Perspectives."

Joe Hatfield is presenting “Temporal Residues in the Backward Archive,” and “Staging Southern Diaspora: Alvin Ailey’s Blood and the Backward Temporality of Quare Memorialization.”

Danielle Hodge, “Kanye West’s Yeezus and the College Dropout: Exploring Intertextuality and Identity through Sampling.”

Jared Kopczynski, with Natalie Nelson-Marsh, “’Lights Must Stay On’: The Communicative Roles of Boundary Spanning,” and with Matt Koschmann, Associate Professor, “Practicing Authority in Disaster Relief Coordination.”

Katherine Peters, “Organizing Lives: Organizational Subjectivity,” and “’They were Just Anti-Information’: The Problem of Partner Selection for Collaboration."

Lydia Reinig with David Boromisza-Habashi, Associate Professor, “Making Fear My Bitch: Students’ Narratives of Self-Transformation in the Public Speaking Course.”

Rebecca Rice, “When Collaborations Don’t Collaborate: High Reliability Organizational Networks and the Collaborative Continuum.”