Dissertations are available through Proquest’s PQDT (Dissertations and Theses). Users of Proquest can view a 24-page preview for those dissertations entered into the UMI database after 1997 (though a goodly portion of earlier dissertations also have previews).
If you are Purdue student, you can download copies of most Purdue dissertations completed after 1995; earlier Purdue dissertations will either be online or in print in the Library. Many newer CIC school dissertations are available for download as well.
For those visitors to this website who do not have Proquest readily available, we have linked this list to formal abstracts for Purdue’s Rhetoric/Composition dissertations [we use the abstracts that have appeared in Proquest].
D. Kate Agena, MA, Ph.D.
Process and power: Building strategies for technical communicators to effect organizational change (2006)
Nancy Allen, Ph.D.
Collaborative voices: Rhetorical and textual features of collaboratively written reports (1991)
Laura Andres, Ph.D.
The authentic I: A theory of expressive writing (1987)
Elizabeth Angeli, Ph.D.
Networks of communication in emergency medical services (2012)
Dianne Atkinson, Ph.D.
A meta-analysis of recent research in the teaching of writing: Workshops, computer applications, and inquiry (1993)
Janet Atwill, Ph.D.
Refiguring rhetoric as art: Aristotle’s concept of techne and the humanist paradigm (1990)
Lori Baker, MA, Ph.D.
Collaboration and gender communication traits: The negotiation of authority in a composition class (1999)
Georgina Barcelow-Hill, Ph.D.
The effect of peer critique groups on students’ critiquing and writing ability (1988)
Robert Bergland, MA,Ph.D.
Downsizing and upgrading: A manufacturing firm’s move to electronic distribution of documents (2002)
Karen Bishop-Morris, Ph.D.
Documenting institutional identity: Strategic writing in the IUPUI comprehensive campaign (2002)
Kristine Blair, Ph.D.
The politics of popular culture in the composition classroom: Toward a pedagogy of resistance and transformation (1994)
Stuart Blythe, Ph.D.
Technologies and writing center practices: A critical approach (1997)
Allen Brizee, Ph.D.(2010)
College-community partnerships: Designing a sustainable and participatory literacy program (2010)
Randy Mark Brooks, Ph.D.
Rhetorical theory in business communication curricula from 1900 to 1980: An historical critique (1991)
Nicole Brown, Ph.D.
Constructing ‘community’ online: A discussion of metaphor, meaning, and rhetorical action (2003)
Vicki Byard, MA, Ph.D.
Considering heuristics as symbolic acts: Their relevance to epistemic rhetoric, social invention, and cultural studies (1993)
JennieMarie Calcamuggio, Ph.D.
Public intellectual as rhetor: Employing epideictic rhetoric, ethos, and technology to open spaces, promote participation, and encourage action (2010)
Linda Calendrillo, Ph.D.
The art of memory and rhetoric (1988)
Jonathan Lee Campbell, Ph.D.
The relevant communication of rhetorical arguments (1990)
Susan Brown Carlton, Ph.D.
Poetic, rhetoric, and disciplinary discourse (1991)
Winner, James A. Berlin Award for Best Dissertation, Conference on College Composition and Communication
David Carrell, Ph.D.
The ethos of two corporate annual reports: A rhetorical analysis of the visual and discursive aspects (1994)
Geoffrey Carter, Ph.D.
Rereading and rewriting bloc/ks: Teaching multi-modal literacies through an apprenticeship in proper names (2007)
Michael Carter, Ph.D.
Genesis of written discourse: Features of the art (1986)
Tyler Carter, Ph.D.
The Rhetorics of Vipassanā Meditation (2017)
Colin Charlton, Ph.D.
A pedagogical becoming: Alternatives to the rhetoric of “You don’t know jack” in first-year composition (2005)
Jessica Clark, Ph.D.
An investigation of the quantity and quality of collaboration in writing center tutorials (2005)
Jessica Clements, Ph.D.
The new face of ethos: Assembling students’ ethical competencies (2013)
Michelle Comstock, Ph.D.
Re-mapping the territory of “youth”: Youth-generated sites of rhetorical, cultural, and political practice (1999)
Sean Conrey, Ph.D.
Coming to terms with place: Toward a phenomenological technique of rhetorical placemaking (2006)
Jennifer Consilio, Ph.D.
Attitudes of African American vernacular speakers towards technology (2008)
Danielle Cordaro, Ph.D.
How student data matters in writing program administration (2010)
Jennifer Courtney, Ph.D.
The rhetoric of domestic advice: Ethos and metaphor (2004)
Laurie Cubbison, Ph.D.
Validating illness: Internet activism in response to institutional discourse (2000)
Jeremy Cushman, Ph.D.
Selling a $600 piece of paper: Rhetorical action in an automotive repair shop (2013)
Mary Ellen Daniloff-Merrill, MA, Ph.D.
Using critical discourse analysis to analyze a basic writing workbook (2001)
Jennie Dautermann, Ph.D.
Writing at Good Hope Hospital: A study of negotiated discourse in the workplace (1991)
Suanna Haston Davis, Ph.D.
A rhetorical analysis of the influence of official missionary correspondence on community identity in selected Churches of Christ (2000)
Fredrik DeBoer, Ph.D.
The CLA+ and the two cultures: Writing assessment and educational testing (2015)
David Dedo, Ph.D.
Profile of the ESL freshman writer: Predicting success in the academic setting (1990)
Nancy DeJoy, MA, Ph.D.
Rhetoric of critique/critique of rhetoric: Toward critical discursive practices in the academy (1993)
Huiling Ding, Ph.D.
Rhetoric of a global epidemic: Intercultural and intracultural professional communication about SARS (2007)
Dana Driscoll, Ph.D.
Pedagogy of transfer: Impacts of student and instructor attitudes (2009)
Karen Dwyer, MA, Ph.D.
A cultural and rhetoric analysis of internationalized human rights discourse (1997)
Cris Elder, Ph.D.
Dissertation unavailable through Proquest (2012)
Karin Evans, Ph.D.
A contextual-developmental approach to basic writing: Broadening environments and practicing literacy (1997)
Helen Foster, Ph.D.
An institutional critique of writing process (2001)
Carlann Fox, Ph.D. [Scholl]
Relationship-centered discourse for clinical medicine: A case study in medical rhetoric (2005)
Christopher Gilliard, MA, Ph.D.
Sports, power, and the black body: Pedagogy and writing race (2003)
Mary Gitzen, Ph.D.
Face to face: Conferencing as ESL writing instruction (2002)
Serkan Gorkemli, Ph.D.
The globalization of digital technologies and lgbt identities: The Turkish collegiate lesbigay population’s access to the Internet and the formation of lesbigay identities and communities in Turkey (2005)
Michael Gos, MA, Ph.D.
Computer anxiety and the computerized writing classroom: A qualitative and quantitative study (1992)
Tarez Samra Graban, Ph.D.
Towards a feminine ironic: Understanding irony in the oppositional discourse of women from the early modern and modern periods (2006)
Jeffrey Grabill, Ph.D.
Situating literacies and community literacy programs: A critical rhetoric for institutional change (1997)
Karen Griggs, Ph.D.
Audience complexities in administrative law: An historical case study of an environmental policy (1994)
Mary Flaherty Haas, PhD.
A case study of grant proposal writing in a nonprofit workplace: Writing to keep families off the street (2002)
Gary Hafer, Ph.D.
An analysis of writing instruction in the home school (1990)
Mark Hannah, Ph.D.
Theorizing a rhetoric of connectivity (2011)
Myrna Harrienger, Ph.D.
Medicine as dialogic rhetoric and the elderly ill woman. (Volumes I-III) (1993)
Bill Hart-Davidson, Ph.D.
Writing networks: A participatory design initiative for preparing teachers of professional writing for networked environments (1999)
Amy Kimme Hea, Ph.D.
Entanglements: Re-articulating discourses and practices of Web-based teaching and learning (2001)
Gary Heba, Ph.D.
Inventing culture: A rhetoric of social codes (1992)
Teresa Henning, MA, Ph.D.
Ethics and the scope of rhetoric: Constructions of moral and rhetorical agency in selected cultural critical rhetorics (1998)
Rebecca Hettich, Ph.D.
Writing apprehension: A critique (1994)
Alexandra Hidalgo, Ph.D.
Lifers, casual offenders, and remixers: Bringing together rhetoric and feminist film and video production (2013)
Catherine Hobbs, Ph.D. [Peaden]
Language and rhetoric in Locke, Condillac, and Vico (1989)
Elizabeth Hoger, Ph.D.
Writing in the discipline of music: Rhetorical parameters in writings about music criticism (1992)
Tharon Howard, MA, Ph.D.
The rhetoric of electronic communities (1992)
Debrah Huffman, Ph.D.
Reading by the book: An examination of reading pedagogy in introductory composition textbooks (2007)
Charlotte Hyde, Ph.D.
Silent Dissent: The Effect of Structural Secrecy on Professional Communication at NASA (2016)
Jeffrey Jablonski, Ph.D.
Reconceiving interdisciplinary collaboration: Locating the intellectual work of writing across the curriculum consultants (2000)
Debra Jacobs, Ph.D.
Positioning the subject in discourse: Toward a rhetorical theory of voice in writing (1995)
Patricia Jenkins, Ph.D.
A pedagogy for basic writing (1998)
Kristine Johnson, Ph.D.
Meeting when he asks to be met: Public religious discourse in the “Catholic Worker” (2009)
Robert Johnson, MA, Ph.D.
Rhetoric and use: Toward a theory of user-centered computer documentation (1991)
Michael Kapper, Ph.D.
Affect as epistemic source in a posthuman age (2004)
Joan Karbach, Ph.D.
Writing expressive discourse: ESL and native English-speaking freshmen (1993)
Erin Karper, MA, Ph.D.
“Ordinary people do this”: A rhetorical case study of novice Web design (2004)
Barbara Kelb, Ph.D.
Martin Buber’s philosophy of dialogue and three modern rhetorics (1991)
Dan Kenzie, Ph.D.
Defining Injury, Managing Uncertainty: Articulating Definitions of Traumatic Brain Injury (2017)
Karen Kopelson, Ph.D.
Teaching trouble. Performativity and composition pedagogy: Composing connections (2002)
Bryan Kopp, Ph.D.
The cultural rhetorics of deviance: True crimes in postwar America (2000)
Zach Koppelmann, Ph.D.
Dissertation unavailable through Proquest (2014)
Timothy Krause, Ph.D.
Strategic Web design: Practice and peril in user-centered Web design (2008)
Karen Kuralt, Ph.D.
Collaborative literacy in the writing classroom: A theory of pedagogy (2004)
Alexandra Layne, Ph.D.
Policies, women, and procedural ethics: Obscured presences in meritocratic technological environments (2014)
Elizabeth T. Lane, Ph.D.
From Silence to Impact: Analyzing Women Rhetors and Activist Discourse in Networked Spaces (2017)
Lisa Langstraat, Ph.D.
Toward a feminist politics of affect for cultural studies approaches to composition (1996)
Karen Kaiser Lee, Ph.D.
From telling to transforming: Rhetorical invention and the genre of the research paper (2011)
Barbara L’Eplattenier, Ph.D.
Investigating institutional power: Women administrators during the Progressive Era, 1890–1920 (1999)
Maria Lombard, Ph.D.
Professional writing, technology, and the rhizomatic transmission of knowledge (2008)
Elizabeth Lopez, MA, Ph.D.
The geography of computer writing spaces: A critical postmodern analysis (1995)
Paul Lynch, Ph.D.
Entertaining moralities: Casuistry and the teaching of writing (2008)
Nicholas Marino, PhD.
Muscular Articulations: Towards a Theorization of the Interaction between Rhetoric and Physical Fitness (2017)
Christine Masters, Ph.D.
Encounters beyond the interface: Data structures, material feminisms, and composition (2016)
Paul Kei Matsuda, Ph.D.
ESL writing in twentieth-century United States higher education: The formation of an interdisciplinary field (2000)
Bruce McComiskey, Ph.D.
Postmodern cultural studies and the politics of writing instruction (1994)
Mary McDonald, MA, Ph.D. [Murray]
Measuring insight in student writing (1987)
Sharon James McGee, Ph.D.
A qualitative study of student response to teacher-written comments (1999)
Steve Merrill, Ph.D.
Audience adaptiveness in job application letters written by college students: An exploratory studY (1986)
Shayela Mian, Ph.D.
Literacy for Bangladeshi students (1999)
Grace Marie Mike, Ph.D.
Rhetoric and feminism in the Americanization Era: The YWCA’s rhetorical education program for immigrant women (2016)
Elizabeth Miles, MA, Ph.D.
Building rhetorics of production: An institutional critique of composition textbook publishing (1999)
Winner, James A. Berlin Award for Best Dissertation, Conference on College Composition and Communication
Bernard Miller, Ph.D.
Heidegger and the Gorgian ‘kairos’ (1987)
Jessie Moore, MA, Ph.D. [Kapper]
Mapping the geographies of second language writing (2004)
Kristen Moore, Ph.D.
Rhetoric, interrupted: Public engagement practices and policy work (2012)
Margaret Morgan, Ph.D.
Four dimensions of the collaborative composing processes of student writers (1988)
Megan [Hughes] Morton, MA, Ph.D.
Deliberative rhetoric and colonial identity in New England, 1632-1646: Miantonomi, Roger Williams, Samuel Gorton, and Edward Winslow (2009)
Thomas Moriarty, Ph.D.
South Africa’s rhetoric of reconciliation: Changes in ANC and Pretoria government rhetoric, 1985–1991 (1999)
Jennifer Morrison, MA, Ph.D.
Purdue University’s School of Liberal Arts Writing Intensive Initiative: A case of professional development for teaching assistants (2002)
Ed Nagelhout, MA, Ph.D.
Writing and professional apprenticeship: Case studies of biology graduate students’ entry into the scientific community (1996)
Christine Norris, Ph.D.
The rhetoric of cookbooks in eighteenth-century England (2003)
Miriam Olver, MA, Ph.D.
Negotiation of difference, context, and audience: A case study of a Haitian-American young adult’s written and oral strategy (1999)
Bridget O’Rourke, Ph.D.
Meanings and practices of literacy in urban settlement communities: Chicago’s Hull House, 1890-1940 (1998)
Kathleen Parvin, Ph.D.
Toward a theory for ethical-democratic composition practice: Transgressing boundaries of radical pedagogy discourses (2000)
Tim Peeples, Ph.D.
(Re)writing the WPA: A spatial analysis of the organizational subject (1999)
Kelly Pender, Ph.D.
Writing beyond the art/chance binary: The ongoing debate about techne in rhetoric and composition (2005)
Michael Pennell, MA, Ph.D.
English in the “hurricane winds of change”: Labor market intermediaries and literacy in two Indiana counties (2005)
Mark Pepper, Ph.D.
Redefining the popular: Systems, networks, and the circulation of digital desire (2011)
Christine Persak, MA, Ph.D.
Representing the social order: Rhetoric and Victorian hierarchy, 1839-1852 (1991)
Ehren Pflugfelder, Ph.D.
In measure of the world: Advancing a kinaesthetic rhetoric (2012)
Laurie Pinkert, Ph.D.
[In]visible writing programs: The infrastructure of graduate writing across and within the disciplines (2013)
Patricia Poblete, Ph.D.
Administration, situation, and scholarship: A posthuman examination of writing program administrators (2014)
Adam Pope, Ph.D.
Programmatically-centered design: An integrated approach to LMS design and curation (2013)
Josh Prenosil, Ph.D.
A proposal for a non-modern rhetoric of social movements (2012)
Justin Rademaekers, Ph.D.
Rhetoric for the disciplines: A theory of writing and language instruction for students of interdisciplinary and applied sciences (2014)
Alexis Ramsey, MA, Ph.D.
[ad]dressing the past: a critical methodology for archival research in rhetoric and composition (2008)
Cody Reimer, Ph.D.
Big Data-Fueled Design: Rapid Iteration and Constructing Compelling Systems (2015)
Morgan Reitmeyer, Ph.D.
From glass flowers to computer games: Examining the emergent media practices of plant biologists (2011)
Jingfang Ren, Ph.D.
Usability Research in the Writing Lab: Sustaining Discourse and Pedagogy (2008)
Larissa Reuer, Ph.D. [Vinogravada]
The eighteenth-century Russian rhetorical tradition: V. K. Trediakovsky’s career and rhetorical views (2000)
Enrique Reynoso, Ph.D.
Pick Yourself Up By Your Broadband: Access, the Digital Divide, and Migrant Workers (2016)
Nathaniel Rivers, MA, Ph.D.
Cultivating rhetorics: Exploring and exploiting the emergent boundaries of nature and culture (2009)
Elizabeth Roberts, Ph.D. [Huettman]
Writing for the unknown reader: An ethnographic case study in a business setting (1990)
Julia Romberger, Ph.D.
The ecology of a digital environment: Using ecofeminist theory to understand Microsoft Word’s rhetorical design (2004)
Katherine Rowan, Ph.D.
Producing written explanations of scientific concepts for lay readers: Theory and a study of individual differences among collegiate writers (composition research, text, discourse analysis, writing, rhetoric) (1985)
Bridget Fahey Ruetenik, Ph.D.
Visual rhetoric, media, and rhetors: Creating spaces for deliberation (2003)
Christina Saidy, Ph.D.
Civics lessons: Rhetorics for citizenship in the public and academic spheres (2011)
Carlos Salinas, Ph.D.
Toward a critical rhetoric of images: Design/writing within a corporate Web site (2000)
Fernando Sanchez, Ph.D.
Technical communication in place-making professions: Exploring the network pictures of urban designers (2016)
Marc Santos, Ph.D.
Toward another rhetoric: Web 2.0, Levinas, and taking responsibility for response ability (2009)
Karen Schiler, Ph.D.
A movable ethos: How ethics and rhetoric can imagine and invite new publics (2010)
Meg Schoen, Ph.D.
Rhetoric of the thirstland: Discourse and democracy in Botswana (2012)
Sonja Schrag, Ph.D.
The discourse of music scholarship (1992)
Kristen Seas, Ph.D.
Of a certain persuasion: Rhetoric, complexity, and the emergence of subjectivity (2008)
Mark Sidey, Ph.D.
WPAs and adjuncts: What we can learn from social identity & expertise theories (2012)
Michelle Sidler, MA, Ph.D.
Teaching genre literacy in composition (1998)
Ellery Sills, Ph.D.
Emerging genres, dangerous classifications: The kairos of digital composing policy (2016)
Tony Silva, Ph.D.
A comparative study of the composing of selected ESL and native English-speaking freshman writers (1990)
Michele Simmons, Ph.D.
Building public rhetorics: A critical approach to public participation in environmental public policy (2000)
Ann Marie Mann Simpkins, Ph.D.
The professional writing practices and dialogic rhetoric of two black women publishers: Discourse as social action in the nineteenth-century (1999)
Mark Simpson, Ph.D.
Shaping computer documentation for multiple audiences: An ethnographic study (1989)
Lars Soderlund, Ph.D.
Catalyzing persuasion: Toward a theory of kairos and repetition (2011)
Ethan Sproat, Ph.D.
Inexorable burden: Rhetoric and togetherness (2013)
Julie Staggers, MA, Ph.D.
Learning to love the bomb: Secrecy and denial in the atomic city, 1943–1961 (2006)
Winner, James A. Berlin Award for Best Dissertation, Conference on College Composition and Communication
Adam Strantz, MA, Ph.D.
Wayfinding localized research practices through mobile technology (2016)
Amy Ferdinandt Stolley, Ph.D.
(Re)placing grammar in the composition classroom (2007)
Karl Stolley, MA, Ph.D.
An art of emergent visual rhetoric (2007)
Lynn Sykes, MA, Ph.D.
Collaboration in a group of graduate writing teachers (2001)
Pamela Takayoshi, MA, Ph.D.
Theorizing technocentrism in computers and composition: Conflicting values, competing visions, and pedagogical interventions (1995)
Jennifer Talbot, Ph.D.
Re-articulating postprocess: Affect, neuroscience, and institutional discourse (2012)
Katie Taylor, Ph.D.
Attuned advocacy: Rhetorics of engagement in urban Appalachia (2014)
Barry Thatcher, Ph.D.
Orality and writing in Latin American and United States of America professional communication (1997)
Jeremy Tirrell, Ph.D.
Mapping a geographical history of digital technology in rhetoric and composition (2009)
Lisa Toner, MA, Ph.D.
Ethical roles for the writing teacher: A rhetorical casuistic perspective (1996)
Janice Tovey, Ph.D.
A visual rhetoric of electronic-aided publishing (1995)
Melinda Turnley, Ph.D.
Re-writing media: A critical investigation of mediological assumptions in composition pedagogies (2001)
Don Unger, Ph.D.
What peer-to-peer networks teach us about institutional service (2015)
Kyle Vealey, Ph.D.
Storytelling failure in the Vale of Leven: How a bacterial outbreak became a wicked problem (2016)
Jonathan Wallin, Ph.D.
Dissertation unavailable through Proquest (2016)
John Weaver, Ph.D.
The concept of ethos in Tudor rhetorical theory and practice (1993)
Ryan Weber, MA, Ph.D.
Ironically we dwell (2009)
Jaclyn Wells, Ph.D.
Online writing labs as sites for community engagement (20120)
Jim Weston, Ph.D.
Toward a contextual approach to cliches (Grice) (1987)
Barbara M. Whitehead, Ph.D.
A rhetorical analysis of John Fowles’s “Daniel Martin” (2007)
Debbie Williams, Ph.D.
‘Olelo huna: A rhetorical critique of literacy policies in Hawai’i (1996)
Jessica Woodruff, Ph.D.
Agnostics, skeptics, and believers: Writing teachers’ perspectives on student-centered teaching (2009)
Katie Yankura-Swacha, Ph.D.
Dissertation unavailable through Proquest (2017)
Linda K. Yost, Ph.D.
Their silence set them apart: A study of international students in a mainstream composition class (2007)
Michael Zerbe, Ph.D.
Toward a cultural studies-based pedagogy for the rhetoric of science (1998)
Heping Zhao, Ph.D.
“Wen Xin Diao Long”: An early Chinese rhetoric of written discourse (1990)
Meredith Zoetewey, MA, Ph.D.
Mobile writing technologies and the dis/location of the computer classroom (2005)