Marissa Fernholz

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  • Fellow
  • Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture
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My research focuses on rhetorics of national security, counterterrorism, migration, and race in the 20th century United States.

My dissertation responds to the undertheorization of pre-9/11 national security discourse in rhetorical scholarship by attending to U.S. discourses of (counter)terrorism and national security in the 20th century. I argue that contemporary analysis of post-9/11 securitization will benefit greatly from richer historical contextualization and call for recognition of the post-WWII foundations of the national security state. Through a rhetorical analysis of rhetorical figures like the ‘terrorist,’ ‘freedom fighter,’ and ‘Black extremist’ in archives of 20th century texts, I seek to illustrate the co-constitution of discursive formations of national security, counterterrorism, race and ethnicity, and immigration in the U.S.

Education

  • B.A. Rhetoric and Communication Studies; Politics, Drake University, 2013
  • M.A. Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016

Honors/Awards

  • Innovation in Teaching Award , University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Letters & Sciences , 2018
  • Top Four Competitive Papers, "“The Male Gaze in the Medical Classroom: Proximity, Objectivity, and Objectification in an Unusual Medical Textbook," with co-author Amanda Friz, UW-Madison , Organization for Women & Communication , 2018
  • Graduate School Fellowship , University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School , 2017
  • Elliott Dissertation Scholarship Award , University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Communication Arts , 2017
  • Frankenberger Memorial Fund Scholarship , University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Communication Arts , 2017
  • Public Humanities Exchange Fellowship & Grant , UW-Madison Humanities Exchange , 2016
  • Helen K. Herman Memorial Fund Scholarship , University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Communication Arts , 2016

Courses

  • CA 100: Intro to Public Speaking
  • CA 260: Communication and Human Behavior
  • CA 262: Theory and Practice of Argumentation and Debate
  • CA 370: Great Speakers and Speeches