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Meet the Newest CRDM Cohort: Class of 2010

With a third of the semester already behind us, it seems high time we introduced our new crop of eager CRDM’ers that have joined the program this year. Say hello to the CRDM 2010 Cohort.


Fernanda Duarte, Brazil (Fulbright)

  • BA in Design and Visual Communications, Pontifical Catholic University
  • MA in Communication and Media Studies, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Interested in intersection mobile devices (hybrid/augmented reality), and digital media art, and changing roles of users/interactors

Aliyah Hakima, Tuscaloosa, AL
current assignment: teaching Comm 110

  • AA in Political Science, Jefferson Davis Community College, Brewton, AL
  • BA in Political Science, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
  • BS in Psychology, University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • MA in Communication Studies, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
    • Thesis: rhetorical constructions of memory within digital spaces

Interested in theoretic and pragmatic, humanistic and technological pedagogy

Nathan Hulsey, Birmingham, AL
current assignment: teaching Comm 110

  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies – Verbal and Written Communication concentration, New College of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
  • MA in Journalism/Mass Communication, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Interested in testing and expanding other people’s theoretical concoctions; experience with sociological theory, cognitive media theory, and community studies.

web: http://koda.us/people/hulse009

Ashley Kelly, Ontario, Canada
current assignment: research assistant for Dr. Berube

  • BA in Literature and Rhetoric, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • MA in Rhetoric and Communication Design (Co-op) , University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    • Thesis: “Rhetorical figures’ description and use in
      single-sourced health documentation”

Interested in the history and theory of rhetoric, the rhetoric of science, and genre theory, as well as technical communication studies and digital media studies.

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ashleyrkelly
Academia.edu: http://ncsu.academia.edu/ashleyrkelly
twitter: @ashleyrkelly

Meagan Kittle Autry, Winchester, Ontario, Canada
current assignment: teaching English 101

  • BA in English, Catawba College, Salisbury, NC
  • MA in English, North Carolina State University
    • Capstone: “The large family reality show genre: Traditional values in television programming”

Interested in research in environmental rhetoric, digital rhetoric, genre studies, and reality television

web: http://www4.ncsu.edu/~makittle
blog: http://megsroadtophd.blogspot.com
twitter: @makautry

Kate Maddalena, Raleigh, NC
current assignment: teaching English 101

  • BA in English, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, NC
  • BA in French, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, NC
  • MA in English – Literature concentration, North Carolina State University

Interested in the ways in which sociolinguistic perspectives can be applied to new media.

twitter: @KateMadd
flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/redpony

Ryan McGrady, Providence, RI
current assignment: teaching Comm 110

  • BS in Business Administration – Marketing concentration, Whittimore School of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire, Durham
  • MA in Visual and Media Arts – Media Studies concentration, School of the Arts, Emerson College, Boston, MA

Interested in citizen journalism, Wikipedia as an educational tool, digital media production.

twitter: @antisomniac

Jeff Swift, Provo, UT
current assignment: teaching English 101

  • BA in English – Rhetoric and Composition, Brigham Young University
  • MA in English – Rhetoric and Composition, Brigham Young University
    • Thesis: “The Rhetoric of Microblogging”

Interested in digital rhetoric, rhetoric and deliberative democracy, technology and digital pedagogy, identification and individuality online

twitter: @swiftj

Dan Trigoboff, Fayetteville, NC
Currently an Assistant Professor of Communication at Methodist University in Fayetteville

  • BS in Journalism, Boston University
  • JD, University of San Diego, School of Law
  • MA candidate. Studies include journalism, public relations and advertising, media principles, media theory, management, ethics and law, University of Memphis

Interested in Journalism in new media contexts


Looking forward to big things from this cohort. Have any questions for what it’s like to start an interdisciplinary PhD program like ours? Feel free to contact any of these students.

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