Lydia Reinig
PhD Student

Office Hours: Thurs. 3:15 - 5:15 p.m., and by appointment

Lydia Reinig is a doctoral candidate in the Community and Social Interaction area.  Her research program draws on language and social interaction perspectives (i.e., ethnography of communication, grounded practical theory, communication as design) and is motivated by the question: How do socio-cultural understandings of participation shape democratic action and ongoing community engagement?   Her dissertation uses cultural discourses analysis (CuDA) and action-implicative discourse analysis (AIDA) to trace cultural understandings and practical dilemmas of public participation for energy democracy.  This trajectory of theorizing allows Lydia to trace how public participation might be creatively transformed for socio-material energy system transitions, including through design intervention.  Her previous research has explored how locally available communicative resources allow rural community members to make sense of the mass-exodus of young people while simultaneously creating a coherent understanding of community membership and emplacement amidst uncertainties for the future. 

During her time at CU Lydia has taught courses focused on everyday discourse, social identities, and cultural meanings in interaction; interpersonal communication; and qualitative communication research methods.  Currently, she works as a research fellow for BoulderTalks, where she assists in the design and facilitation of democratic engagement efforts in the community.

Lydia received an MA in communication studies from Colorado State University.