Dissertations

Dissertations are now 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].


Matthew Abraham, Ph.D.

The rhetoric of resistance and the resistance to theory: Controversial academic scholarship in the American public sphere (2003)

Joanne Addison, Ph.D.

Emancipatory research and composition studies: Feminist postmodern, cultural studies, and teacher research methodologies (1995)

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)

Hulda Amenya, Ph.D.

English in a Kenyan university: How Kenyan students negotiate their cultural upbringing and the university's western-oriented education in writing (2001)

Laura Andres, Ph.D.

The authentic I: A theory of expressive writing (1987)

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)

James Beasley, Ph.D.

A prehistory of rhetoric and composition: New Rhetoric and neo-Aristotelianism at the University of Chicago, 1947--1959 (2007)

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)

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)

Jonathan Bush, Ph.D.

Teaching writing in a middle school: A multiple case study of pedagogical content knowledge, context, and beliefs (2001)

Vicki Byard, MA, Ph.D.

Considering heuristics as symbolic acts: Their relevance to epistemic rhetoric, social invention, and cultural studies (1993)

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)

Colin Charlton, Ph.D.

A pedagogical becoming: Alternatives to the rhetoric of "You don't know jack" in first-year composition (2005)

Jonikka Charlton, Ph.D.

Explaining ourselves to others: A study of how WPAs argue for humanities-oriented composition programs in the "Corporate University" (2005)

Jessica Clark, Ph.D.

An investigation of the quantity and quality of collaboration in writing center tutorials (2005)

Thomas Clemens, Ph.D.

A rhetoric of early Anglo-Saxon law: A revisionary interpretation of the interrelationships among rhetor, audience, and culture (1996)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Kevin De Pew, Ph.D.

The rhetorical process of digital subjectivities: Case studies of international teaching assistants negotiating identity with digital media (2003)

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)

Karin Evans, Ph.D.

A contextual-developmental approach to basic writing: Broadening environments and practicing literacy (1997)

Sheila Ewing, Ph.D.

The effects of time and instruction on writing performance of eighth-grade students in writing assessment situations (1992)

Julie Farrar, Ph.D.

Constructing Chaim Perelman: Implications of the New Rhetoric for teaching argumentation in the composition classroom (1994)

T.A.E. (Teresa) Fishman, Ph.D

Writing distance education: Select histories of distance education writing courses and their effects on ongoing distance education writing course pedagogy (2002)

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)

Mark Gellis, Ph.D.

Burke, Campbell, Johnson, and Priestley: A rhetorical analysis of four British pamphlets of the American Revolution (1993)

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)

Baotong Gu, Ph.D.

From the oracle bones to the computer: A rhetorical perspective on writing technology development in China (2000)

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)

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)

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)

Marjorie Rush Hovde, Ph.D.

The knowledgeable practice of computer documentation writers: Tactics for constructing user and software images and for negotiating organizational boundaries (1994)

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)

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)

Scott Jones, MA, Ph.D.

The role of electronic mail in workplace writing (2002)

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)

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)

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)

Haixia Lan, Ph.D. [Wang]

Chinese public discourse: A rhetorical analysis of the account of the Tiananmen Square incident by the newspaper "People's Daily" (1993)

Lisa Langstraat, Ph.D.

Toward a feminist politics of affect for cultural studies approaches to composition (1996)

Susan Latta, Ph.D.

Women and writer's block: An exploration of social and cultural influences upon the writing processes of five graduate student writers (1995)

Barbara L'Eplattenier, Ph.D.

Investigating institutional power: Women administrators during the Progressive Era, 1890--1920 (1999)

Lu, Liu, Ph.D.

Understanding rhetorical traditions, rethinking writing pedagogies: A cross-national study of written argumentation instruction in secondary school textbooks (2006)

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)

Dan Lupo, Ph.D.

Negotiating context: A multiple case study of professional writing majors in transition from academic to workplace contexts (1996)

Paul Lynch, Ph.D.

Entertaining moralities: Casuistry and the teaching of writing (2008)

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)

Nancy McCoy, Ph.D.

A relationship between rhetoric and poetics: English studies in secondary schools, a composition-literature paradigm (1874-1917) (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)

Lisa McGrady, Ph.D.

Writing together with technology: Technological literacy and collaboration in professional writing student teams (2007)

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)

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)

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)

Christine Persak, MA, Ph.D.

Representing the social order: Rhetoric and Victorian hierarchy, 1839-1852 (1991)

Alexis Ramsey, MA, Ph.D.

[ad]dressing the past: a critical methodology for archival research in rhetoric and composition (2008)

Jingfang Ren, Ph.D. (2008)

Larissa Reuer, Ph.D. [Vinogravada]

The eighteenth-century Russian rhetorical tradition: V. K. Trediakovsky's career and rhetorical views (2000)

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)

Anne Rosenthal, Ph.D.

Transforming the cultural politics of writing across the curriculum: Cross-disciplinarity, advanced literacy, and democracy (1992)

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)

Cynthia Ryan, Ph.D.

Competing discourses and the female consumer: Implications for feminist composition theory, research, and pedagogy (1998)

Carlos Salinas, Ph.D.

Toward a critical rhetoric of images: Design/writing within a corporate Web site (2000)

Marc Santos, Ph.D. (2009)

Mark Schaub, Ph.D.

Sociolinguistic profiling and the negotiation of stakeholder expectations in a writing program: A case study (1999)

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)

Bonnie Selting, Ph.D.

The entry of student discourse communities into academic conversation: An inquiry into student identities in composition classrooms (1997)

Michelle Sidler, MA, Ph.D.

Teaching genre literacy in composition (1998)

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)

Morgan Sousa, Ph.D. (2009)

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

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)

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)

Nancy Uber-Kellogg, Ph.D.

Moments of encounter, modes of engagement: A multiple case study of four colleges and four Anglo composition instructors who teach Native American students (1999)

John Weaver, Ph.D.

The concept of ethos in Tudor rhetorical theory and practice (1993)

Ryan Weber, MA, Ph.D.

Ironically we dwell (2009)

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)

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)

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