Department of Communication

Graduated with PhD 2011

I am a feminist thinker who wonders how talk and silence construct identity, community, agency, oppression, and resistance within contexts such as classrooms, school boards, city council meetings, peace actions, and religious communities. I hope that my dissertation—as I envision it, an ethnographically informed discourse analysis—will provide a safe space for clergy wives to share currently unspoken narratives. I think that their stories will illustrate how people may orchestrate insider/outsider identity within a role codified by a community.