Rachel Davidson

Rachel Davidson

Ph.D. Student

Office: Johnston Hall 335
e-mail: davids52@uwm.edu
Curriculum Vitae: PDF


M.A., Applied Communication, Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis, 2011
B.S., Communication, Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis, 2000

Focus of Graduate Studies and Research Interests:

I am broadly focused in the area of rhetoric and popular culture with particular interest in discourses of motherhood and caregiving. Beyond specific topics of interest, as a teacher-scholar, I am committed to connecting pedagogy and scholarship through rhetorical research and methodologies.

Additional Concentrations:
Rhetorical Leadership Certificate – Spring 2013
Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate – Fall 2013

Teaching Interests and Experiences:

My coursework is preparing me to teach all levels of courses related to rhetoric, gender studies, and critical analysis. I have taught public speaking, first year seminars, and women’s studies classes at IUPUI. I am currently teaching interpersonal communication at UW-Milwaukee.

Recent Research:

Davidson, R. D. (2013). The rhetoric of family obligation: Elder care, identity politics, and community provision. Paper to be presented on the Top Papers panel in the Women’s Caucus at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Kansas City, MO, April.

Davidson, R. D. (2013). Commodity activism: Cultural resistance in neoliberal times [Review of book by R. Mukherjee & S. Banet-Weiser (Eds.)]. The Journal of American Culture, 36 (1), 56-57.

Davidson, R. D. (Abstract accepted, Manuscript submitted 6/30/2013). Disrupting and containing motherhood: Challenging subversive representations in Waitress and Frozen River. Cinema and the Mother: Motherhood in Contemporary World Cinemas, Demeter Press.

Davidson, R. D. (Forthcoming). Reading embodied citizenship: Disability, narrative, and the body politic [Review of the book by E. Russell]. Rhetoric & Public Affairs.

Davidson, R. D. (2013). Constituting a rhetorical problem of community: Counterproductive discourse and competing tensions in family caregiving. Paper to be presented at the 36th of the Annual Meeting of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender, Houghton, MI, October.

Davidson, R. D. (2013). A morality tale of class and motherhood: Dissociation and frame-shifting in Mammoth (2009). Paper to be presented at the Wisconsin Women’s Studies and LGBTQ Conference, Madison, WI, October.