Craig Hall 373
Elizabeth is most interested in studying how individuals create themselves as part of or outside of the social system through language. Language creates and upholds social institutions such as the Presidency, the electorate and our class system. Understanding how individuals decide to participate, enact their citizenship or promote their own life agenda is best answered through a close examination of their communicative activities. Therefore, most work is centered on rhetorical acts and requires answers found through rhetorical criticism, focus group participation, close textual analysis and critical approaches. Recent works include, “New kids on the block: My first time in a political community,” published in the American Behavioral Scientist and “International appeal in the presidential inaugural: An update on genre and an expansion of argument” in Contemporary Argumentation and Debate. Elizabeth also enjoys exploring film from critical perspectives, particularly, examining gender issues and using psychoanalytical approaches although the majority of her work is categorized as political communication or rhetorical studies.
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