Whitney Gent

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  • Lecturer
  • Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture
Office Hours:
  • Monday 3:30-5:30 p.m.
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I am interested in interrogating the prevailing myths that characterize the negotiation of public space, citizenship, and charity in the United States, and their implications for marginalized populations. My dissertation research examines how rhetoric about homelessness circulates. In particular, I am exploring the rhetoric of advocates and policymakers regarding the Housing First model.

Education

  • M.A. Indiana University, 2009
  • B.A. Drury University, 2006

Honors/Awards

  • Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship , The Graduate School, University of Wisconsin - Madison , 2017
  • Graduate Research Fellow , Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin - Madison , 2016
  • Elizabeth Warner Risser Fellowship , Department of Communication Arts - UW - Madison , 2016
  • Doctoral Honors Seminar , National Communication Association , 2015
  • Graduate Research Fellow , Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin - Madison , 2015
  • Top Student Debut Paper , Eastern Communication Association , 2014
  • Graduate Research Fellow , Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin - Madison , 2014
  • Frankenberger Memorial Research Scholarship , Department of Communication Arts - UW-Madison , 2013
  • Virginia L. Gunderson Award for top graduate paper in the department , Department of Communication & Culture - Indiana University , 2009
  • University Fellowship , University of Wisconsin - Madison , 2012

Articles

  • 2018. "Money Moves Messages: Materiality and Rhetoricity in a Neoliberal Public Sphere." Communication and the Public , (forthcoming) .
  • 2017. "When Homelessness Becomes a 'Luxury': Neutrality as an Obstacle to Counterpublic Rights Claims." Quarterly Journal of Speech , Vol. 103, no. 3, pp. 230-250 .
  • 2017. "Tokenism and Cultural (Mis)Recognition in 'The Man with the Golden Voice'." Howard Journal of Communications , Vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 217-233 .

Courses

  • CA 260 - Communication and Human Behavior
  • CA 262 - Theory and Practice of Argumentation and Debate
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