Moving Image Studies

School of Film, Media, and Theatre – College of the Arts – Georgia State University

Ph.D. Dissertations Completed 2010 – present

Media & Society

  • Houda Abadi.”The February 20th Movement Communication Strategies: Towards Participatory Politics.” 2015
  • Tonia N. East-Phanor. “Entertainment-Education to Increase Self-Efficacy and Reduce Counterarguing: HIV/AIDS Prevention and African Americans.” 2015
  • Steven Herro. “Representations of African American Women on Reality Television After the Great Recession.” 2015
  • Sangmi Lee. “Viewers’ Involvement and Responses to an Entertainment Narrative in the Personal Television Environment.” 2015
  • Cindy Milligan. “Sonic Vocality: A Theory on the Use of Voice in Character Portrayal.” 2015
  • Vangelia Morris. “Comparing Effects of Public Service Announcements on Young Adults’ Perception of the R-word.” 2015
  • Michael Tannebaum. “Seeking Sexual Health Information from Romantic Partners: Testing an Application and Extension of the Theory of Motivated Information Management.” 2015
  • Jason Jarvis. “Digital image Politics: The Visual Rhetoric of Anonymous.” 2014
  • May Fawaz. “The Role of The Media in a Precarious Plural Democracy: The Case of Lebanon.” 2013
  • James E. Black, Dr.. “Subterranean Dissent in the Okefenokee Swamp: The Life and Politics of Walt Kelly’s 1950s POGO.” 2012
  • Elizabeth L. Cohen. “Exploring Subtext Processing in Narrative Persuasion: The Role of Eudaimonic Entertainment Use Motivation and a Supplemental Conclusion Scene.” 2012
  • T. Randahl Morris. “Reconsidering Testimonials Forms and Social Justice: A Study of Official and Unofficial Testimony in Chile” 2012
  • James R. Schiffman. “Cultural Narratives as Discursive Struggles: An analysis of the CCTV and NBC presentations of the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Summer Games.” 2012
  • John Ike Sewell Jr.. “Doing it For The Dudes”: A Comparative Ethnographic Study of Performative Masculinity in Heavy Metal and Hardcore Subcultures.” 2012
  • Melissa Plew.  “Facebook Friendships Between College / University Instructors and Students:  Deciding Whether or not to Allow Students as Friends, Communicating With Students, and the Individual Differences that Influence Instructors’ Impression Management on Facebook.”  2011
  • Matt Duffy.  “Unnamed Sources:  A Longitudinal Review of the Practice and its Merits.”  2010
  • Qing Tian.  “Self-Presentation and Social Interaction on Blogs:  A Structural Equation Modeling of the Uses and Gratifications of Blogging.”  2009
  • Raiz A. Renkoff-Toohey.  “Wired Valentines and Webs of Love:  An Examination of People’s Attitudes and Their Intentions to Use the Net to Form Romantic Relationship.”  2007
  • Nahed M. Eltantawy.  “U.S. Newspaper Representation of Muslim and Arab Women Post 9/11”  2007
  • Woongjae Ryoo.  “The South Korean Mediascape:  State, Civil, Society, and the Implications of Regional Political Economy for Cultural Transformation.”  2006
  • Jiali Ye.  “Maintaining Friendships Formed Online:  Analyzing the Role of Relational Experiences, the Medium, and Culture.”  2006
  • Amal Ibrahim.  “Automatic Activation of Ethnic Stereotypes:  The Role of News Exemplars’ Ethnic Cues in Perception of Social Issues.”  2005
  • Ghalib Ali Shatnawi.  “Jordanian Civil Society and Democratic Consolidation:  An Analysis of Media Coverage From 2000-2004.”  2004

Moving Image Studies

  • Steven Pustay. “The Digital Logic of Death.” 2015
  • Maria Boyd. “Unscripted: The Invisible Labor of Reality TV Writers.” 2015
  • Ian Peters. “”Hello Shoppers?” – Themed Spaces, Immersive Popular Culture Exhibition, and Museum Pedagogy.” 2015
  • Darcey West. “The Evolution of Cable Network Branding: Time Warner in the Post-Network Era, 2001-2011.” 2015
  • Katharine P. Zakos. “Post-Feminism, Shaming, and Wedding-Themed Reality Television.” 2015
  • Vanessa Ament-Gjenvick. “From Splicing To Dicing: Film Sound Design Goes Digital In The 1990s.” 2014
  • Jeremy W. Groskopf. “Profit Margins: The American Silent Cinema and the Marginalization of Advertising.” 2013
  • Curt W. Hersey.” Nothing But the Truthiness: A History of Television News Parody and its Entry into the Journalistic Field.” 2013
  • Kris Cannon. “Oblique Optics: Visions of Otherness in the Image and its Queer Children.” 2013
  • Drew Ayers. “Vernacular Posthumanism: Visual Culture and Material Imagination.” 2012
  • Karen C. Petruska. “The Critical Eye: Re-Viewing 1970s Television.” 2012
  • Michele Beverly. “Phenomenal Bodies: the Metaphysical Possibilities of Post-Black Film and Visual Culture.” 2012
  • Danielle E. Williams. “Black Public Creative Figures in the Neo-Racial Moment: An Analysis of Tyra Banks, Tyler Perry and Shonda Rhimes, 2005-2010.” 2012
  • Eric Dewberry. “Jake Wells and the Development of Early Southern Cinema, 1895-1925.” 2011
  • Kimberly Huff. “Rhetorical Failures, (A)Social Heroes: The Traversal of the Fantasy and the Ethics of Resistance.” 2011
  • Shane Matthew Toepfer. “The Playful Audience: Professional Wrestling, Media Fandom, and the Omnipresence of Media Smarks.” 2011
  • Larrie Dudenhoeffer. “Corruptions of the Flesh: The Body, Subjectivity, Postmodernity.” 2010
  • Stacy Rusnak. “Mexican Cinema in a Global Age: The Films of Guillermo Del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro González Iñárritu.” 2010
  • RuAnn Keith. “Constructing Professionalism: Reifying the Historical Inevitability of Commercialization in Mass Media Communication.” 2008
  • Bryce McNeil. “Building Subcultural Community Online and Off: An Ethnographic Analysis of the CBLocals Music Scene.” 2008
  • Harper Cossar. “Snakes and Funerals: Aesthetics and American Widescreen Films.” 2007
  • Jae Ryu. “Reality and Effect: A Cultural History of Visual Effects.” 2007
  • Laszlo Strausz. “Traveling through Space: Stylistic Progression and Camera Movement.” 2007
  • Keith Tims. “Masks and Sartre’s Imaginary: Masked Performance and the Imaging Consciousness.” 2007
  • Susan MacFarlane Alvarez. “Imaging and the National Imagining: Theorizing Visual Sovereignty in Trinidad and Tobago Moving Image Media through Analysis of Television Advertising.” 2006

Rhetoric & Politics

  • Andrew D. Barnes, “Presidential Rhetoric at the United Nations: Cosmopolitan Discourse and the Management of International Relations.” 2015
  • Steven Heidt. “The Mobile Savage: Presidential Peace Rhetoric and the Perpetuation of Enemies.” 2014
  • Steve A. Stuglin. “Institutionalized Speech: The Presidency and the Domestic Auto Industry.” 2014
  • Scott Tulloch. “The Rhetorical City: (Re)Arranging and (Dis)Placing Atlanta’s Urban Space.” 2014
  • Kristina E. Curry. “The Rhetoric of Louis E. Martin, ‘Godfather of Black Politics.'” 2013
  • Rondee Gaines. “I am a Revolutionary Black Female Nationalist: A Womanist Analysis of Fulani Sunni Ali’s Role as a New African Citizen and Minister of In-formation in the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Africa.” 2013
  • Nneka Logan. “The Ontological Scandal of Corporate Personhood and Speech: A Rhetorical Analysis of Key Supreme Court Decisions.” 2013
  • Teresa F. Morales. “The Last Stone is Just the Beginning: A Rhetorical Biography of Washington National Cathedral.” 2013
  • Richard A. Herder. “Strategies of Narrative Disclosure in the Rhetoric of Anti-Corporate Campaigns.” 2012
  • James R. Schiffman. “Mass Media and Representation: a Critical Comparison of the CCTV and NBC Presentations of the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Summer Games.” 2012
  • Samuel P. Perry. “Competing Image Vernaculars in the Anti-lynching Movement of the 1930’s.” 2011
  • Farooq Adamu Kperogi.  “Webs of Resistance:  The Citizen Online Journalism of the Nigerian Diaspora.”  2011
  • Sabrina Freeney.  “Framing Collective Action in the African Diaspora.”  2010
  • Jared L. Johnson.  “Strategic Positioning:  Unesco’s use of Argumentation to Encourage a US Return to Membership.”  2010
  • Josh Ritter.  “Recovering Hyperbole:  Re-Imagining the Limits of Rhetoric in an Age of Excess.” 2010
  • Chara Van Horn.  “The Paranoid Style in an Age of Suspicion:  Conspiracy Thinking and Official Rhetoric in Contemporary America.” 2010
  • Elani Shefrin.  “Re-Mediating the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:  The Use of Peace Building Films to Facilitate Dialogue Interventions.” 2007
  • Joe Valenzano.  “Freedom and Terror:  An Analysis of President George W. Bush’s Use of Ideographs in His Calls for War.”  2006
  • Jason Edwards.  “Presidential Foreign Policy Rhetoric in the Age of Globalization:  Bill Clinton’s Rhetorical Vocabulary.”  2006
  • Rasha Ramzy.  “Communicating Cosmopolitanism:  An Analysis of the Rhetoric of Jimmy Carter, Vaclav Havel, and Edward Said.”  2006
  • Michael Hester.  “America’s #1 Fan and the Secular Faith:  A Rhetorical Study of Presidential Sports Encomia and its Contribution to an American Civil Religion.”  2005
  • E. Grace Lager.  “Body Bound:  Oppositional Arguments Through Three Waters of the American Feminist Movement.”  2004

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