Alumnae

Amanda Friz. Amanda holds a B.A. and an M.S. in Communication from the University of Utah. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her academic interests include rhetoric and scientific discourses surrounding gender and reproduction as well as the communication of gender in online contexts. Outside of her academic work, Amanda enjoys camping, bicycling, rock climbing, and hiking. She hopes to one day have a yard and a dog to live in it.

Katie Hunt. Katie earned a doctoral degree in Communication at the University of Utah. She received her B.A. in Media Studies from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and her M.A. in Communication from the University of Cincinnati. Her work traces the flow and force of food security discourses through an interdisciplinary approach of heterodox political economy, critical rhetoric, and environmental justice.

Melinda Krakow. Melinda earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California Berkeley, and Master’s from San Francisco State University. She completed her doctorate in Communication at the University of Utah. Her research engages a quantitative approach to study narrative persuasion and health communication in the context of cancer prevention and control. When not working on her dissertation, she spends time outdoors, exploring the Wasatch Mountains with her husband and her sweet old dog, Tallulah.

Mariam Betelmidze. Mariam holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Tbilisi State University of Economic Relations and an M.A. in Communication from the University of Utah. As part of her doctoral research at the University of Utah, Mariam studies multimedia activism through a French poststructuralist lens. Prior to her graduate career, Mariam worked as a journalist and PR officer for various organizations and platforms in her home country of Georgia. For leisure Mariam enjoys swimming, painting, and traveling with her husband and son.

Yvonne Clark. Yvonne Clark holds a B.S. in Psychology, with an emphasis in Developmental Psychology, and an Honors Degree (L.E.) from Westminster College (2009). She is completed a M.S. in Communication from the University of Utah. Her current studies are in the areas of Critical Cultural Rhetoric, Rhetorical Creation of Space and Place, and New Media Studies. Yvonne is also an adjunct for the Utah Valley University Department of Communication, where she teaches Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking. When not teaching or studying, Yvonne enjoys writing for a popular culture blog, Archive Rhetoric, and managing her personal library.

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