Kelly Jensen

Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture

Teaching Assistant



6067 Vilas Hall

Kelly Jensen

Office Hours:

  • Thursdays 12-2 pm

Kelly is a PhD candidate in the Rhetoric, Politics, & Culture program in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She holds a BA in Communication Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MA in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to graduate school, Kelly spent five years as a public school teacher in a bilingual 5th grade classroom in Denver, CO and two years as a research analyst at Denver-based foundation dedicated to improving educational outcomes for low-income children throughout Colorado. Her research considers the ways power dynamics empower and disempower how certain groups participate in the public sphere and how public education discourses influence systems of privilege. Kelly specifically studies school choice discourse to consider how privileges and inequities get maintained within the K-12 education system.


  • M.A. Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin Madison, 2019
  • M.A. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado Denver, 2012
  • B.A. Communication Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2010


  • CA 200 – Introduction to Digital Communication
  • CA 260 – Communication and Human Behavior
  • CA 262 – Argumentation and Debate
  • CA 370 – Great Speakers and Speeches