Recent Dissertations

The Department of Communication would like to acknowledge graduate students who have completed their Ph.D. at Georgia State University. The details of their dissertation are listed below.

  • Eugenia Pia Ferrero, Esq. "Case Study of the "NO ON 37" Coalition Against The Deceptive Food Labeling Scheme: Public Relations Strategies & Tactics, Ethically Problematic Communication, and The First Amendment." 2016
  • Melany M Chambers. "Exploring the Health and Lifestyle Attitudes and Behaviors of African- American Women and Afro- Caribbean Immigrant Women in Atlanta, Georgia." 2016
  • Trayce Billingsly Leak. "Likes, Posts, and Tweets Oh My: Social Media and The Practice of Excellence in Public Relations Within Professional Sports Organizations." 2016
  • Shajobia Keys. "Doc McStuffins: How African American Preschoolers Interpret Entertainment- Education Messages." 2016
  • Tonia East Phanor. “Entertainment-Education to Increase Self-Efficacy and Reduce Counterarguing: HIV/AIDS Prevention and African Americans.”  2015
  • Michael Tannebaum. “Seeking Sexual Health Information from Romantic Partners: Testing an Application and Extension of the Theory of Motivated Information Management.”2015
  • Darcey West Morris. “The Evolution of Cable Network Brand: The Case of Time Warner in the Post-Network Era, 2001-2011.” 2015
  • Vann Morris. “Comparing Effects of Public Service Announcements on Young Adults’ Perception of the R-Word.”2015
  • May Fawaz-Huber. “The role of the Media in the Precarious Plural Democracy: the Case of Lebanon.”  2013
  • T. Randahl Morris. “Reconsidering Testimonials Forms and Social Justice: A Study of Official and Unofficial Testimony in Chile” 2012
  • James R. Schiffman. “Cultural Narratives as Discursive Struggles: An analysis of the CCTV and NBC presentations of the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Summer Games.” 2012
  • Matt Duffy.  "Unnamed Sources:  A Longitudinal Review of the Practice and its Merits."  2010
  • Melissa Plew.  "Facebook Friendships Between College / University Instructors and Students:  Deciding Whether or not to Allow Students as Friends, Communicating With Students, and the Individual Differences that Influence Instructors' Impression Management on Facebook."  2010
  • Qing Tian.  "Self-Presentation and Social Interaction on Blogs:  A Structural Equation Modeling of the Uses and Gratifications of Blogging."  2009
  • Raiz A. Renkoff-Toohey.  "Wired Valentines and Webs of Love:  An Examination of People's Attitudes and Their Intentions to Use the Net to Form Romantic Relationship."  2007
  • Nahed M. Eltantawy.  "U.S. Newspaper Representation of Muslim and Arab Women Post 9/11"  2007
  • Woongjae Ryoo.  "The South Korean Mediascape:  State, Civil, Society, and the Implications of Regional Political Economy for Cultural Transformation."  2006
  • Jiali Ye.  "Maintaining Friendships Formed Online:  Analyzing the Role of Relational Experiences, the Medium, and Culture."  2006
  • Amal Ibrahim.  "Automatic Activation of Ethnic Stereotypes:  The Role of News Exemplars' Ethnic Cues in Perception of Social Issues."  2005
  • Ghalib Ali Shatnawi.  "Jordanian Civil Society and Democratic Consolidation:  An Analysis of Media Coverage From 2000-2004."  2004

  • Justin Horton: "Bodies That Scatter: Sound, Cinema, Figure, Form." 2016
  • Munib Rezaie. "Global Playground: Mutualism, The Ethic of World Citizenship, and The Films of Dayyan Eng." 2016
  • Cindy Milligan. “Sonic Vocality: A Theory on the Use of Voice in Character Portrayal”. 2015
  • Ian Peters. “Hello Shoppers?” – Themed Spaces, Immersive Popular Culture Exhibition, and Museum Pedagogy”. 2015
  • Steven Pustay. “The Digital Logic of Death”. 2015
  • Vanessa Ament-Gjenvick. “From Splicing to Dicing: Film Sound Design Goes Digital in the 1990s”. 2014
  • Kris Cannon, "Oblique Optics: Visions of Otherness in the Image and its Queer Children” 2013
  • Curt Hersey. “Nothing but the Truthness: The Decline of Journalistic Objectivity and the Rise of News Parody”.  2013
  • Jeremy Groskopf.  “Profit Margins: The American Silent Cinema and the Marginalization of Advertising”.  2013
  • Drew Ayers, "Vernacular Posthumanism: Visual Culture and Material Imagination” 2012
  • Michele Beverly, "Phenomenal Bodies: the Metaphysical Possibilities of Post-Black Film and Visual Culture” 2012
  • Karen Petruska, "Disruption: The Business of Television in the Digital Age” 2012
  • Eric Dewberry. "Jake Wells and the Development of Early Southern Cinema, 1895-1925." 2011
  • Kimberly Huff. "Rhetorical Failures, (A)Social Heroes: The Traversal of the Fantasy and the Ethics of Resistance." 2011
  • Stacy Rusnak. "Mexican Cinema in a Global Age: The Films of Guillermo Del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro González Iñárritu." 2010
  • RuAnn Keith. "Constructing Professionalism: Reifying the Historical Inevitability of Commercialization in Mass Media Communication." 2008
  • Bryce McNeil. "Building Subcultural Community Online and Off: An Ethnographic Analysis of the CBLocals Music Scene." 2008
  • Harper Cossar. "Snakes and Funerals: Aesthetics and American Widescreen Films." 2007
  • Jae Ryu. "Reality and Effect: A Cultural History of Visual Effects." 2007
  • Laszlo Strausz. "Traveling through Space: Stylistic Progression and Camera Movement." 2007
  • Keith Tims. "Masks and Sartre's Imaginary: Masked Performance and the Imaging Consciousness." 2007
  • Susan MacFarlane Alvarez. "Imaging and the National Imagining: Theorizing Visual Sovereignty in Trinidad and Tobago Moving Image Media through Analysis of Television Advertising." 2006

  • Nicole Williams Barnes. "Imagining the Housewife: Mediated Representations of Gender in Post- War America." 2016
  • Emily Kofoed. "Queering Images of Citizenship: Rhetoric, LGBT Refugees, and The Public." 2016
  • Houda Abadi. “The February 20th Movement Communication Strategies: Towards Participatory Politics”. 2015
  • Andrew Barnes. “Presidential Rhetoric at the United Nations: Cosmopolitan Discourse and the Management of International Relations.” 2015
  • Nick Sciullo. “A Rhetorical Analysis of George Jackson’s Soledad Brother: An Ideological and Critical Race Theory Investigation of Prison Resistance”. 2015
  • Steve Stuglin. “Institutionalized Speech: The Presidency and the Domestic Auto Industry”. 2014
  • Jason Jarvis. “Digital Image Politics”.  2014
  • Stephen Heidt. “The Mobile Savage: Presidential Peace Rhetoric and the Perpetuation of Enemies”. 2014
  • Scott Tulloch. “The Rhetorical City: (Re)Arranging and (Dis)Placing Atlanta’s Urban Space”. 2014
  • Teresa Federico Morales. “The Last Stone is Just the Beginning: A Rhetorical Biography of Washington National Cathedral”.   2013
  • Kristina E. Curry. “The Rhetoric of Louis E. Martin, “Godfather of Black Politics”. 2013
  • Rondee Gaines. “I Am A Revolutionary Black Female Nationalist: A Womanist Oral History of Fulani Sunni Ali’s Role as a new African Citizen and Minister of Information in the Provisional Government of the Republic of new Africa”.  2013
  • Nneka Logan. “The Ontological Scandal of Corporate Personhood and Speech: A Rhetorical Analysis of Key Supreme Court Decisions”.  2013
  • Richard A. Herder. “Strategies of Narrative Disclosure in the Rhetoric of Anti-Corporate Campaigns.” 2012Farooq Adamu Kperogi.  "Webs of Resistance:  The Citizen Online Journalism of the Nigerian Diaspora."  2011
  • Sabrina Freeney.  "Framing Collective Action in the African Diaspora."  2010
  • Jared Johnson.  "Strategic Positioning:  Unesco's use of Argumentation to Encourage a US Return to Membership."  2010
  • Josh Ritter.  "Recovering Hyperbole:  Re-Imagining the Limits of Rhetoric in an Age of Excess."  2010
  • Chara Van Horn.  "The Paranoid Style in an Age of Suspicion:  Conspiracy Thinking and Official Rhetoric in Contemporary America."  2010
  • Elani Shefrin.  "Re-Mediating the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:  The Use of Peace Building Films to Facilitate Dialogue Interventions."  2007
  • Joe Valenzano.  "Freedom and Terror:  An Analysis of President George W. Bush's Use of Ideographs in His Calls for War."  2006
  • Jason Edwards.  "Presidential Foreign Policy Rhetoric in the Age of Globalization:  Bill Clinton's Rhetorical Vocabulary."  2006
  • Rasha Ramzy.  "Communicating Cosmopolitanism:  An Analysis of the Rhetoric of Jimmy Carter, Vaclav Havel, and Edward Said."  2006
  • Michael Hester.  "America's #1 Fan and the Secular Faith:  A Rhetorical Study of Presidential Sports Encomia and its Contribution to an American Civil Religion."  2005
  • E. Grace Lager.  "Body Bound:  Oppositional Arguments Through Three Waters of the American Feminist Movement."  2004