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T. Jake Dionne is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication and an instructor for the Program for Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Colorado Boulder. He earned a BA in communication studies from the University of North Texas in 2014 and a MA in communication and rhetorical studies from Syracuse University in 2016.
Specializing in rhetoric and culture, his research comments on the need to consider (and show consideration toward) the more-than-human world within the study of communication. He is particularly invested in documenting the rhetoric surrounding nonhuman animals classified as endangered or extinct. To that end, he has completed fieldwork regarding how various museums of natural history across the globe communicate about the untimely extinction of species like the dodo bird–including institutions in Copenhagen, Oxford, London and New York City.
His current project investigates how and to what effect Coloradans negotiate their relationship to the American bison, a mammal that calls attention to the human capacity to trigger extinction. Given the dearth of American bison in the Centennial State despite their symbolic and material connection to the prairie, he specifically charts and assesses the myriad ways in which the local rhetoric of "return" emerges at sites where humans coalesce to form community, including the University of Colorado Boulder and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.