Kelly Jensen

Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture



6067 Vilas Hall

Kelly Nelson

Office Hours:

  • Thursdays 2 – 4 pm

Kelly is a PhD student in the Rhetoric, Politics, & Culture program in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Kelly 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 teaching in a bilingual 5th grade classroom in Denver, CO and two years as a research analyst at Denver-based foundation dedicated to improving outcomes for Colorado’s low-income children and families. Her research interests include how power dynamics can empower/disempower various groups from participation in the public sphere and how discourse influences systems of privilege. Kelly specifically studies the language we use to talk about public schools and 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