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A rigorous and thoughtful researcher in the dissertation stage of completing a PhD (ABD status). Dual enrollment in the Departments of Communication and Writing/Rhetoric Studies in the College of Humanities at the University of Utah.

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

Primary

Communication strategies people use when personal identity conflicts with social expectations in membership groups such as congregations, work teams, and classrooms.

Secondary

Organizational and technological innovation in education.

QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES

Oral History, Rhetorical Criticism, Archival Research, Coding, Participant Observation, Interviews, Topic Modeling

DISSERTATION

Working Title: “Young Mormon Women as Insiders/Outsiders: Exploring Tensions of Organizational Membership in Tight-Knit Communities, 1975-2000”

I am using oral history and rhetorical analysis to study group membership and individual identity among LDS young women in the American West in the late twentieth century. I plan to interview twenty-five women who relocated as Mormon teenagers to predominantly LDS communities between 1975 and 2000. I am specifically wondering how members of tight-knit religious communities reacted when newcomers entered the group, and how newcomers navigated these situations.

Committee: Dr. Kimberly Mangun (Chair), Dr. James A. Anderson, Dr. Robin E. Jensen, Dr. Natalie Stillman-Webb, Dr. W. Paul Reeve

PUBLICATION

Mormon historiography bibliography accepted for digital publication by Mormon Studies Review and the Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship (2016).

View the bibliography at this link.

WORKS IN PROGRESS

  • Member of Graduate Student/Postdoc Digital Humanities Workgroup, University of Utah (2016-2017). Working with a team to use technology-assisted research methods, including topic modeling, to evaluate the genre of Digital Humanities. Prepared a collaborative paper for presentation at the DHU, the Utah Digital Humanities conference.
  • “‘A Crater in the Mind’: Seismic Shifts in LDS Ideologies of Mental Illness.” Analysis of the ideograph in historical and contemporary LDS discourse about mental illness.
  • “Ambiguity, Prescription, and Metaphor: Virtue Rhetoric and Young Latter-day Saint Women.” Analysis of LDS Church Personal Progress Program virtue value, its connection to Evangelical purity culture, and potential implications for young women.

Member of Graduate Student/Postdoc Digital Humanities Workgroup, University of Utah (2016-2017). Working with a team to use technology-assisted research methods, including topic modeling, to evaluate the genre of Digital Humanities. Prepared a collaborative paper for presentation at the DHU, the Utah Digital Humanities conference.

“‘A Crater in the Mind’: Seismic Shifts in LDS Ideologies of Mental Illness.” Analysis of the ideograph in historical and contemporary LDS discourse about mental illness.

“Ambiguity, Prescription, and Metaphor: Virtue Rhetoric and Young Latter-day Saint Women.” Analysis of LDS Church Personal Progress Program virtue value, its connection to Evangelical purity culture, and potential implications for young women.

AWARDS & APPOINTMENTS

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Panel Chair/Discussant, “Mormonism & the Domestic Sphere,” Western Association of Women Historians Conference (May 2016).

  • Presenter, “Remembering Membership: How Young LDS Women Constructed Social & Religious Position in the 1980s,” LDS Church History Symposium (Mar. 2016). Methodological innovations with oral history and rhetorical analysis.

  • Presenter, “Joining the Club: How Moving to Utah Affected LDS Young Women in the 1980s,” Mormon History Association Annual Conference (Jun. 2015). Oral history research exploring rhetorical strategies used by LDS young women to negotiate social and religious position.

  • Presenter, “African-American Newspapers & Brown v. Board of Education: Six Decades of Mediated Commemoration,” Making Sense of Memory and History Pre-Conference, International Communication Association (May 2014). Media history research examining commemorative journalism and social memory.

  • Presenter, “A Case Study: Working Women at Hill Air Force Base 1966,” American Journalism Historians Association Conference (Sep. 2013). Historical media research on working women in the federal service immediately before the U.S. Executive Order prohibiting sex discrimination was signed.

  • Presenter, “Obama & Boehner Sequester Discourse: Private Sphere Encroachment on Public Argument?” Alta Argumentation Conference (Aug. 2013). Discourse analysis of political speeches.

  • Presenter, “Naming & Silence: Critical Discourse Analysis of U.S. History Curriculums in Texas,” Central States Communication Association Conference (Apr. 2013). Discourse analysis of Texas U.S. History curricula.

     

AFFILIATIONS

  • American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA)

  • Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH)

  • International Communication Association (ICA)

  • Mormon History Association (MHA)

  • Oral History Association (OHA)

  • Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)

  • Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH)

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