This page collects the digitized full text Masters Theses of the Department of Communication Studies at Eastern Illinois University.

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Theses from 2022

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Q/A: A Semiotic Deconstruction of Narrative Transportation on Episodic Television, Josh Grube

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More Than Just Sticks and Stones: Effects of Interpersonal Interactions on Liminality and The Negotiation of Identity, Conlon Muhr

Theses from 2021

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Faith Down the Rabbit Hole: A Critical Rhetorical Interrogation of Q-Anon and Parasitic Christianity, Nate Carlson

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Branding Small Businesses in Small Communities, Lacey Jenkins

Theses from 2020

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Representations of Africa in US Media: A Semiotic Analysis of Ebola: The Doctor’s Story and Body Team 12, Olubusola Akinpelu

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Using Sport Identification & Rhetorical Strategy: Evaluating an NCAA D1 Collegiate Football Team’s Social Media Presence, Maria Baldwin

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Boutique Branding: Televisually Signifying the Feminine Business-Owner, Payton Blakney

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Narrativizing the Holidays: Event Branding through Commodity Narrative Campaigns, Peighton Hinote

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Creative Thesis Project: Handbook for Developing Trust with Gender and Sexual Minority Students in a Campus Health Care Clinic, Anne E. Pettit

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How All In Are We Really?: An Examination of Eastern Illinois University’s “All In” Branding Campaign’s Impact on Tenured Faculty Members’ Organizational Identification and Commitment, Melissa A. Stone

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Terministic Screening and Conspiracy Theory in Political Communication: A Critical Analysis of Trump’s Rhetorical Ties to FAIR and Alex Jones Through “Invasion” Immigration Discourse, Emily A. Wiedeman

Theses from 2019

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A Journey of Cross-Cultural Adaptation: An Autoethnography of a Vietnamese Graduate Student in The American Classroom, Tram Nguyen

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"Mystery Meat" and "Bulldyke": Disciplining Gender and Silencing Women Sports Reporters on Reddit, Kayla J. Peterson

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Obtaining and Retaining Engagement in Nonprofit Organizations, Sierra Price

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Using Digital Storytelling to Create Intercultural Awareness at Eastern Illinois University, Toluwalase Solomon

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(Dis)Respect in the Classroom: A Gendered Perspective of Academia, Abriana Nichole Vesconte

Theses from 2018

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Re-Presenting Black People Through OTT Television, Bradley C. Chatman

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Promoting a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Changes in Promotional Strategies Seen in Star Wars Marketing Campaigns, Michael Fenton

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Building a Blog/Building a Brand: Public Relations Campaign for "Goodwill Hunting" Fashion Blog, Yanik Gene Flowers

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Student-Instructor Negotiations of Vulnerability in Higher Education, Kelli A. Halfman

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Race, Identity, and Communication: Experiences of College Students from Underrepresented Groups, Raya D. Petty

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Only in It for the News: Satire Television Pilot Critiquing the Structure of Television News, Dakota Pruemer

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A Guide to Patient-Provider Interactions in Women's Healthcare, Emma Welton

Theses from 2017

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Service Standards in Higher Education: Lasswell's Communication Model as a Training Tool, Crystal R. Alston

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New Year, New Look: Communicating an Organizational Identity for the EIU Women's Basketball Team, Nathan Bryant

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Framing Gun Violence: Agenda-Setting on NBC's Meet the Press, Daniel A. Douglas

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On Solid Ground I Stand: Narratives on Disclosure, Resilience, and Faith Amidst Recognition of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Wade Rhodes Dundee

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Support for Friends and Family Members of Incarcerated Individuals, Brandon M. Goodman

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Steven Avery, A Case Study: Making a Murderer or Making an Identity, Allison Grussing

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"My Tattoos Make Me, Me": Constructing Personal Identities through Tattoos, Ryan Howard

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A Long Strange Trip through the Evolution of Fan Production, Fan-Branding, and Historical Representation in the Grateful Dead Online Archive, Anna Richardson

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Of Music and Media: A Producer Study of Promotional Encoding on Social Media Through the Lenses of Paratext and Medium Theory, Connor D. Wilcox

Theses from 2016

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Shame on You: An Analysis of Guilt-Based Advertising Strategies Directed at Parents, Jamie M. Alexander

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Relationally Managing Weight Loss, Clinton L. Brown

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Culture for Sale: The Appropriation of Japanese Style Tattoos through Transculturation, Evan Lohmann

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Dairy, Democracy, & PR: A Political Economic Analysis of Associated Milk Producers, Inc. 1988-1989, Anna L. Percival

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What's Their Expiration Date? Age Discrimination in the Workplace, Bianca L. Tomlin

Theses from 2015

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Whose Beer Is It, Anyway?: An Examination of the Constraints of Organizational Legitimacy with the Craft Beer Industry, Audra E. Clodfelter

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Breaking the Chains of Trafficking: An Educational Program, Amanda K. Feder

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Branding a Cohesive Identity: The Case of Northern Illinois Alliance, Ashley Gocken

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Barriers to Communicating Sexual Orientation Identity at Work, Marissa A. Guenzi

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"I'm Very Much Myself": The Construction and Communication of ASMRtist Identities, Victoria S. Weinberg

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Stepping out from the Crowd: (Re)branding Jamaica's Tourism Product through Sports and Culture, Thelca Patrice White

Theses from 2014

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Sexual and Political Affairs: Representation of Women in American News Media, Melissa Beal

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At the Intersections of Dialogue, Social Media, and Crisis Communication: A Case Study of Consolidated Edison's Communicative Response to Superstorm Sandy, Nathan Furstenau

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Building and Maintaining Legitimacy Online: UNICEF's Use of Facebook, John Kraps

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"They Want All of Your Kids to be Gay and Oppose God": Incivility and Othering in Yahoo! News Comments, Emily Vajjala

Theses from 2013

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"A Few Smooth Moves": Phi Rho Eta Fraternity Inc. National Branding Campaign, Shea E. Brunson

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The Construction of Spiritual Identity: CMM and Conversion to Catholicism, Stephanie Gruner

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Those Who Slay Together, Stay Together: A Thematic Analysis of Concert Fan Narratives and the I-57 Youth Punk Music Scene, Michael James Janowski

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"Single Girl Summer" Enterprise: Building a Successful Brand Using Social Media as a Branding Tool, Rashida Lyles-Cowan

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The Inmate Code: The Stories Lived and the Stories Told of Men Behind Bars, Pauline Matthey

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Video Game Cultivation: Sowing the Seeds of Consumer Behavior, Jonathan K. Mattson

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Coordination and Symbolic Convergence at the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Jessica McDonald

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A Soldier's Home, Andrew O. McLaughlin

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Organizational Identity as a Promotional Tool: The Case of the Panther Paw, Samantha L. Neal

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A Strategic Communication Campaign to Build Effective Relationships, Lauren Kluge Padillo

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Team Identification in Professional Sports, Lisa Schleef

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Pygmalion Music Festival as Alternative Media? A Critical Analysis of the Intersection of Independence and Corporatization, Patrick R. Singer

Theses from 2012

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Dynamic Crisis Modifiers: BP's Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, Catherine G. Bocke

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Hegemonic Peter?: A Critical Analysis of Hegemonic Masculinity in Family Guy, Justin Danowski

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A plaguing militainment: Ideology, metaphor, and interpellation in THQ's "Homefront", Brendan G.A. Hughes

Spaces of marginalization [equal] margins of resistance : Congolese women's testimonies facilitate rhetorical agency, Saunnie E. Knotts

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Spaces of marginalization [equal] margins of resistance: Congolese women's testimonies facilitate rhetorical agency, Saunnie Elizabeth Knotts

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International image repair: Integrating culture into image repair discourse, Nicole Mangiaracina

Theses from 2011

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The graying of Facebook: Emerging adults and their parents as Facebook friends (FBF), Jodi M. Jackson

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Constitutive walls: The U.S.-Mexico border fence and constructing identity, Mary Katherine Klipp

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Romantic conflict: A problematic integration, Alyssa Obradovich

Theses from 2010

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Halfway around the world in 33 days: The creation of short videos, Tasha Brown

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Harnessing the power of social media: Understanding the use of social media for crisis communication, Amanda Fountain

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Hidden in plain sight: An examination of entertainment-education, Kendra M. McClure

Ready, set, GROW! Planting the seeds for a targeted networking approach for rural businesses in Clark County, Illinois, Nora L. Swalls

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Ready, set, grow!: Planting the seeds for a targeted networking approach for rural businesses in Clark County, Illinois, Nora L. Swalls

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Keeping myself morally straight: A rhetorical critique of the Boy Scouts of America, Zachary Matthew Thuring

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Bridging the digital divide: Framing whiteness, Martha L. Wilkinson

Theses from 2009

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Taking out the trash: Critiquing the equipment for living of white trash films, Tasha Rose Dunn

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You've come a long way, baby?: A feminist rhetorical analysis of More magazine, Therese Supple Kincade

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"Remodeling" the Hadwiger Communication Laboratory: The lab manager manual and lab assistant training program, Ramey Strong

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Silencing and assaulting the feminine: An analysis of institutions that perpetuate a rape-supportive culture, Melissa Territo

Theses from 2008

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Collectively we unite on Facebook: A case study of Egypt's collective action on Facebook toward social change, Basma Botros

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Stepping outside the sacred circle: Narratives of violence and disempowerment of the contemporary Indian woman, Koeli M. Goel

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The making of a middlerace: The social politics surrounding Black-White interracial marriages and Black White biracial identity, Yoftahe K. Manna

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Discussing The Argumentativeness Scale, Jacob A. Sweet

Theses from 2007

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Communication and authenticity: Transformations of the self in the digital age, John Dowd

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Coming out in the workplace: Stigma and boundary management for homosexual men, Eric A. Evans

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Fathers' and young sons' everyday talk: A conversation analytic study of topic initiation and development, Stacia Jayne Ozier

Theses from 2006

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Cinematic scripture: The structure and usage of The lord of the rings as equipment for living, Brent Yergensen

Theses from 2005

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Chinese and English discourse in business communication: A case study of a U.S. executive of a multinational corporation in China, Jinghui Liu

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Searching for what was lost: An autoethnography on disclosure, identity, and social construction from a rape victim and survivor's perspective, Sarah R. Moll

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Teens Talk with Parents about Sex, Alcohol, Drugs, and Suicide... Or Do They? Vol. 1, Vanessa Sneed

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Teens Talk with Parents about Sex, Alcohol, Drugs, and Suicide... Or Do They? Vol. 2, Vanessa Sneed

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Teens Talk with Parents about Sex, Alcohol, Drugs, and Suicide... Or Do They? Vol. 3, Vanessa Sneed

Theses from 2004

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Subsemy: Using Subversion to Create Multiple Meanings in Rhetorical Texts, Kane Madison Click

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Sibling Interaction: Sisters' Use of Advice Episodes in the Construction of Relational Identities, Melissa R. Gornick

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The Changing Identity of Feminism in the Third Wave: A Critical Analysis, Jillian Marie Klean

Theses from 1988

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Communication Through Athletic History at Eastern Illinois University: 1899-1988, Michael H. Chron

Theses from 1974

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A Historical-Rhetorical Analysis of Selections of Martin Luther's Rhetoric, Maynard D. Hilgendorf

Theses from 1963

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A Guide for Students Interested in Graduate Study in Rhetoric and Public Address, Donald Linn Grigsby

Theses from 1961

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A Plan for Teaching Listening at Benjamin Franklin Junior High School, Springfield, Illinois, Charles R. Pulliam

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A Rhetorical Analysis of Jane Addams' Speech of July 9, 1915, Delvenia Gail Shadwell