Faculty & Staff
Dr. Kristen Cole earned her PhD from the University of New Mexico with emphases in Rhetoric, Media and Cultural Studies. She is interested in constructions of identity and enactments of agency within marginalized communities and how these are represented in publicly mediated spaces. She utilizes feminist, queer, critical/cultural and rhetorical approaches to media texts in order to understand the ways power is exerted and negotiated and the ways change is enacted. Her research and teaching focus on how communication at interpersonal, social, and cultural levels restricts and promotes social justice.
Dr. Cole has researched topics such as citizenship and immigration, race and ethnicity, science and technology, and gender and sexuality. Her dissertation project focused on the ways that the Objectùm Sexuality community (a term that indicates identification with emotional and sexual ties or longings toward objects) communicates various feelings and experiences within an online forum in hopes of facilitating understanding and respect for their beliefs and desires. Other research projects include rhetorical analyses of mediated representations of identical twins in film and advertising and analyses of communicative conflict within feminist perspectives on pornography and public perspectives on plural marriage.
Dr. Cole teaches COMM 115: Race and Communication and COMM 320: Language, Culture, and Communication.
Suzanne Condray brings eclectic interests in politics, law, rhetoric, gender and documentary to her study of communication. Consequently, she teaches a range of courses that intersect those topics. As an independent videographer, Suzanne has produced documentaries about women's professional basketball and the first woman to run for the U.S. presidency in 1872, Victoria Woodhull. She's passionate about her family, cooking, travelling, a good visual story and trying to live more serenely.
Hollis Griffin earned a doctorate in media and cultural theory at Northwestern University and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in gender and sexuality studies at Colby College. His research and teaching interests include media historiography, narrative analysis, queer and critical theory, and issues related to emotion, citizenship, and consumer culture. He is currently at work on a book manuscript about queer media production in the context of digital media convergence, a project that was awarded the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Dissertation Prize. His research can be found in venues like Popular Communication, Television and New Media, Velvet Light Trap, Spectator, JumpCut, in Media Res, and the anthology Film and Sexual Politics.
Amanda Gunn focuses her teaching and scholarship on the development of relationships and communities through engaged communication. Specifically, she explores questions of marginality, voice, and empowerment in a variety of communication context including interpersonal, small group, and organizational. She completed her BS at Appalachian State University, her MA and PhD at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Alina Haliliuc earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Address from the University of Iowa. Her research and teaching are in the areas of public persuasion, rhetorical criticism, and mass mediated representations of gender, class, and ethnicity. She has worked on projects examining the role of television, film, music, and museums in negotiating social norms both in the U.S. and internationally. Her work may be found in such venues as Aspasia. The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women's and Gender History (2013), Text and Performance Quarterly (2011), The Business of Entertainment–Television. Ed. Robert Sickels (2009), and Pimps, Wimps, Studs, Thugs and Gentlemen. Essays on Media Images of Masculinity. Ed. Elwood Watson (2009).
At Denison, Dr. Halilliuc has taught courses that mirror and expand her interest in public discourse: Rhetoric, Rhetorics of Hope, Rhetoric & Performance, Public Address, Exploring Masculinity, and Discourses of Authentic Experience. Her service to our community reflects Denison’s commitment to cultivating the whole person. She is dedicated to furthering international perspectives on campus by serving on the International Studies Committee. Her attention to public discourse in all its forms has made her an enthusiastic faculty leader for the Denison Experience in Urban Culture and Expression pre-orientation trip to Philadelphia. A practitioner of mindful meditation and yoga, Dr. Haliliuc works toward cultivating a more mindful community by teaching yoga at The Open House.
Bill Kirkpatrick earned his B.A. in Journalism and Cinema Studies at New York University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is currently working on a book about localism in American thought and media to 1934, exploring how regulators, the radio industry, and the public used discourses and structures of localism in a range of struggles to shape the media system. His publications include articles in Radio Journal, Journal of Popular Culture, the Journal of the Society for American Music, Community Media Review, and several forthcoming anthologies. His ongoing research and teaching interests include media history and cultural policy; impacts of popular culture on American public life; theories, practices, and future of citizen-produced media; and media and disability. More about his work, including links to his publications, can be found at http://www.billkirkpatrick.net.
Sangeet Kumar earned his PhD from the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa where his dissertation studied the construction of postcolonial identities through the consumption and production of western popular culture in India. His current research interests are focused on two distinct but connected dimensions of the globalization of media and culture. The first interrogates power and resistance within global digital media networks from the perspective of postcoloniality, critical theories of technology and parody/satire. The second uses theories of human desire to reimagine power and identity within global popular cultural texts and practices. In addition to the Communication Department, he also serves on the International Studies committee at Denison. He has a background as a newspaper journalist with a daily in New Delhi prior to his academic career.
His research has appeared in journals including Popular Communication, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Global Media and Communication and Journal of South Asian History and Culture among others as well as in anthologies such as News Parody and Political Satire Across the Globe and Television at Large in South Asia among others.
At Denison his courses explore media, technology and popular culture from critical, theoretical and global perspectives. The courses he teaches are:
- Media and Modernity
- Global Digital Networks
- Cultural Globalization and Identity
- Democracy, Liberalism and the Mass Media
- Critical Cultural Approaches to Advertising
- The Politics of Popular Culture
Dr. Kurtz's teaching and research interests circle around issues of textual interpretation and rhetorics of reform and advocacy, particularly from the antebellum era, the African-American civil rights movement, and the intersection of religious and civic discourse in American public life. His articles and review essays have appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, The Review of Communication, Rhetoric and Public Affairs and the Journal of Communication and Religion.
Dr Lisbeth A. Lipari is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Denison University. She joined the faculty at Denison in 1998. and her research and teaching focus on the relationship between language, politics, and ethics. Central to her work are questions involving the role of public communication in the creation of equitable and just democratic political practices.
As a scholar, Dr Lipari's work on listening draws on both European phenomenological and dialogic philosophies and Indian Buddhist and language philosophies in order to develop a theoretical perspective on listening as an ethico-political communicative praxis. Among other things, her work centers of the interplay of alterity and ethics and the ways in which listening acts as a form of communicative conjuring that is nascent to the ethical relation. Much of her work is involved in developing new concepts and a theoretical vocabulary for understanding listening from humanistic perspectives. She has also published scholarship involving rhetorical history, which concerns the work of civil rights playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry, as well as critical political communication, which concerns the ideologies of public opinion polling.
As a teacher, Dr Lipari approaches the classroom as a student-centered interactive learning community where students and professor work collaboratively to apply, analyze, create, critique, and extend knowledge. Her teaching is embedded in interdisciplinary perspectives that help students draw distinctions and make connections across a variety of epistemic frameworks. Because of the centrality of communication to all aspects of our shared social world, students are encouraged to develop the habits of mind needed to fulfill their many life goals. In short, Dr. Lipari's courses invite students to recognize and cultivate their own intellectual abilities, values, and goals so that they may contribute meaningfully to the communities they inhabit.
Dr Lipari's work has been published in a number of scholarly journals including Argumentation and Advocacy, Communication Theory, Discourse Studies, International Journal of Listening, Journal of Communication, Journal of Popular Culture, Media Culture and Society, Philosophy & Rhetoric, Political Communication, and The Quarterly Journal of Speech, as well as in several edited volumes including 'After You,' Human Sciences on Ethics in Dialogical Counseling; Black Writers of the Chicago Renaissance; Encyclopedia of Identity; Encyclopedia of Communication Theory; Queering Public Address: Sexuality and American Historical Discourse; and Politics, Discourse, and American Society. Her work has also been presented at a range of scholarly conferences including the International Association for Dialogic Studies; at an Interdisciplinary Expert Seminar held in the Faculty of Theology, Katholieke Universiteit; A Critical Symposium on Race, Communication, Media, and Counter-Racist Scholarship; at The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation; at the New Agendas in Political Communication; the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research; the National Communication Association; and the International Communication Association.
Robert Mack is currently concluding his PhD in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Rhetoric & Language at the University of Texas at Austin. He is generally interested in studying the text-audience interface in U.S. American popular culture, and he draws widely on rhetorical, reception, critical, and psychoanalytic approaches in order to analyze this relationship. His research and teaching in communication contemplate the role of audience subjectivity and agency in an increasingly mediated social landscape.
Robert's research focuses on topics like authorship, fandom, scandal, and the relationship between the individual and the cultural imaginary. His dissertation sketches the contours of a "rhetoric of projective identification" and considers how this rhetorical mode operates within the context of television reception. Other recent projects have analyzed peculiar patterns in contemporary media (including images of maternal torment and narratives of terminally ill artistic geniuses) for the ways in which these patterns crystalize widespread social anxieties. A special subset of his work revisits notable media phenomena from the past (the original broadcast of The Twilight Zone, the 1992 premiere of The Crying Game, the break of the 1950s quiz show scandals) in order to reevaluate related texts from new perspectives.
Robert is also co-author of Critical Media Studies (2nd ed). At Denison he teaches Public Address and Argumentation.
Instructor Alan D. Miller joined the faculty at Denison in 1999. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Ohio University and teaches courses in journalism. He also advises the student newspaper, The Denisonian. Outside Denison, Miller is Managing Editor for News for The Columbus Dispatch, president-elect of the Associated Press Society of Ohio and a member of the professional advisory board at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.
Anna joined the Communication Department Fall 2012 to teach a special topics course, Music as a Form of Communication. Anna earned her B.A. at St. Olaf College, her M.M in oboe performance at Wichita State University where she studied with Emily Pailthorpe, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Her ongoing research centers on disputes over the moral and cultural value of popular musics, and she co-authored the article “Cultural Policy in American Music History: Sammy Davis, Jr., vs. Juvenile Delinquency” which appeared in the February 2010 Journal of the Society of American Music. She also authored a chapter, “U.S. Evangelicals and the Redefinition of Worship Music,” in the anthology Mediating Faiths: Religion, Media and Popular Culture (Ashgate, 2011).
She has contributed several entries to the forthcoming second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music and her chapter “Negotiating the Tensions of U.S. Worship Music in the Marketplace” will appear in The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities.
Previous Denison classes taught by Dr. Nekola include: Intro to Queer Studies, Queer Theory, 20th c. Music History, History of Rock, Intro to World Music, FYS 101: “Music and Transcendence”, FYS 101: From Holy Sabbath to Black Sabbath: Religion and Popular Music in 20th-Century America,” FYS 101: “Commemoration and History: Investigating the Politics of Memory,” and FYS 102: 20th-Century Images of Women.”
Anna also maintains an active career as an oboist and reedmaker, and has held positions with professional orchestras in Kansas and Wisconsin.
Sally joined the Department of Communication August 2007. She has been at Denison for 17 years working in the Department of Art, Geology and Geography, Environmental Studies and Women's Studies. She has helped out in the International Studies Department, Dance Department and the History Department. From 1996 through January 2000, she was a part-time employee of the American Economic Association in Nashville, TN. Sally served as assistant to the chair, Dr. Robin Bartlett, for the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. She concurrently served as the administrative assistant to CCOFFE (Creating Career Opportunities For Female Economists). She also assisted Robin Bartlett with IAFFE (International Association For Feminist Economics).
Sally has a B.S.Ed from Ohio University. Her husband, Larry, is now Director of Athletic Facilities, after serving for twenty years as Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Director at Denison University. They have two grown sons, Jason (wife Amanda) and Jared. She also has one grandson, Graham.
Ping Yang joined the Communication Department Fall 2009. Her teaching and scholarship focus on the intersection of culture, communication, and technology. She is currently working on projects that examine ethnic minority identity, heritage language education, and identities construction in intercultural online communication. Ping will be teaching COMM 244: Theories of Intercultural Communication and COMM 215: Communication and Technology in the fall semester. Ping has great interest in learning new cultures, languages, and people. She also enjoys reading, travelling, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.