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M. Elizabeth Thorpe

Visiting Assistant Professor


Ph.D. Communication Texas A&M University

M.A. English Texas A&M University

B.A. English Baylor University


Teaching Experience:

Courses include: Speaking for Technical Professions, Organizational Communication Seminar, American Oratory, Argumentation and Debate, Communication and Popular Culture, Introduction to Speech, Rhetorical Criticism, Rhetoric and Composition, Protest and Public Opinion, Political Rhetoric.

Conference Presentations:
  • Mercieca, Jennifer R. & M. Elizabeth Thorpe, “Tory Responses to the Colonial Rebellion: Traitors or Patriots?” Public Address Division, National Communication Association, November, 2006.
  • Thorpe, M. Elizabeth. “Gender and Harry Potter.” American Culture/Pop Culture Association, April, 2007.
  • Thorpe, M. Elizabeth. "McCarthy and Foucault." Rhetorical Society of America, May 2008.
  • Thorpe, M. Elizabeth. “This is Not a Vampire: Angel as a Post-structural Exemplar.” Rhetorical Society of America, May 2010.
In Progress:
  • Thorpe, M. Elizabeth. "'Under God:' Rhetorically Constructing American Identity via Epideictic Rhetoric." (under review)
  • Thorpe, M. Elizabeth. "Gender, Science, and The Pill."
  • Thorpe, M. Elizabeth. "Making American." (dissertation)
  • Tiffany Hunnicut Memorial Graduate Teaching Award, Communication department, 2009.
Professional Associations:
  • Rhetorical Society of American, 2008-2009
  • Popular Culture Association, 2007-2008
  • National Communication Association, 2006-2007
Research Interests:

My research focuses on the rhetorical creation and maintenance of identity. I am particularly interested in the rhetorical dimensions of "American", "un-American", and how rhetoric assigns or denies agency because of gender, sex, race, class, and religion. I am comfortable with rhetorical criticism and theory application. My work has employed neo-Aristotelian criticism, close textual analysis, Burkean criticism, as well as post-structural analysis.

Other: Volunteer for Family Promise program in Bryan-College Station, TX

The College at Brockport Visiting Assistant Professor (Fall 2010 - Present)
Texas A&M Communication department, Instructor (2005-2010)
Texas A&M English department, Instructor (2004-2005)
Texas A&M Grader/TA, Film studies, 2003-2004
Baylor University, Grader/Middle English Transcriber, 1998-2001

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