PhD Student

Office Hours: Mon, Wed 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

T. Jake Dionne is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication and a Harper Graduate Fellow in the Bruce D. Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization. He also teaches in the Department of Communication, having previously conducted writing and rhetoric courses in the Program for Writing & Rhetoric. His research considers how western institutions communicate about the more-than-human world. His dissertation, “The Synecdochal Bison in an Age of Territorial Dispossession: Rhetorical De/Animalization as an Argumentative Resource for U.S. Settler Colonial Institutions,” traces how settlers rhetorically mediate the social standing of the American bison to facilitate and justify territorial dispossession. His most recent published essays appear in Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice and Rhetorical Animals: Boundaries of the Human in the Study of Persuasion, which will soon be joined by forthcoming articles in Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society and Teaching Media Quarterly.