Wayne State University

Research

The research interests of our faculty broadly span five areas, democratic participation & culture; identity & representation; media, society, & culture; risk, crisis, & conflict; and wellness, worklife, & relationships. The faculty are actively engaged in research and scholarship on topics noted below and some of the recent publications of the faculty who do doctoral advising are noted here.

Democratic participation & culture
  • Argumentation
  • Public address
  • Political campaigns
  • Media politics
  • Social justice & health
  • Social movements
  • Labor movements
  • Rhetoric of agitation and social change
  • Rhetoric of citizenship
  • Critical rhetoric & incarceration
Identity and representation
  • Ethnic & gender studies
  • Rhetoric of race & racism
  • Feminist rhetoric & criticism
  • Rhetoric & identity
  • Asian rhetoric & ableism
  • Diversity & communication
  • International communication & national identity
  • Identity,  representation & media
Media, society and culture
  • New media
  • Visual rhetoric
  • Rhetoric & cultural studies
  • Rhetoric & popular music
  • Cinema & television studies
  • Ethnic & gender diversity in media
  • International communication
  • Political economy of media industries
  • Media & politics
  • Media framing
  • Media history & practices
  • Journalism studies
  • Media, telecommunication & space policy
  • Media ethics
  •  Media effects and influences
Risk, crisis and conflict
  • Organizational crises & strategic communication
  • Politics of risk & crisis
  • Rhetoric of risk & crisis
  • Risk, crisis & disasters
  • Dispute resolution
  • Health crises & risk communication 
  • Media communication of risk & crisis
  • Conflict & aggression
Wellness, Worklife, & Relationships
  • Health campaigns
  • Health organizations & communication
  • New media & health
  • Patient-provider communication
  • Stress & coping
  • Family communication
  • Relationship maintenance
  • Persuasion, interpersonal influenc & compliance gaining
  • Long distance relationships
  • New communication technology & relationships 
  • Leadership
  • Small group communication
  • Social influence in the workplace
  • Workplace bullying