Hadassah Ward
PhD Student
Communication

M. Hadassah Ward Hill is a doctoral student pursuing the area of Community and Social Interaction. Her research focuses on identity, survivorship, queerness, family and interpersonal interaction using queer, interpersonal and feminist theory alongside qualitative methods.

During her doctoral journey, Hadassah is most interested in investigating interpersonal and intrapersonal communication regarding identity in those that have experienced sexual trauma. In the past, she has investigated the perception of family for transgender individuals pre and post coming out. At her previous institution, Hadassah taught Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, Business Communication and Introduction to Effective Public Speaking. She prefers to interact with her students through open dialogue that brings real experiences, examples and applications into the classroom through a feminist pedagogy lens while developing students as both people and professionals.

During previous degrees, she has also served as an LGBTQ ambassador, resident assistant, assistant hall director and Phi Mu sister. Hadassah earned her MA in Communication at the University of Cincinnati (2019) and BA in Communication Studies at Northern Kentucky University (2017).