Academic Work

Rhetoric, communication, and journalism studies

Who, What, When, Where, and Why? A New Story of Journalism, As Told by Nonprofit News Organizations — My University Honors thesis, completed and defended in December 2019 at Appalachian State University.

Ethics in the News — An essay for Journalism Ethics, examining the coverage of Jussie Smollett and hate crime coverage.

Identification is Metaphor — A “conceit essay” analyzing Kenneth Burke’s selections on consubstantiality in Rhetoric of Motives.

Identity is Isolation — Another “conceit essay” analyzing moral hierarchy and scapegoating from C. Allen Carter’s “The Rod, the Ladder, and the Skull.”

True Crime Studies

Defining Deviancy — A podcast created for my honors seminar, Considering the Role of Language, which examines definitions of the term across academic fields and popular culture.

A persuasive plan developed based on the writings of Vico, Burke, and Lakoff and Johnson. I examined metaphors, drama, moral hierarchies, and presence in reviews of TV shows and movies about serial killers, and proposed an adaptation of these rhetorical devices to change our understanding about consuming “true crime” content.

True Crime, Language and Culture — A podcast created for my linguistic anthropology class at Appalachian State University. It examines the genre differences between true crime media, referencing and intertexuality in podcasts, and conversation style as audience design.