Ph.D. Student, 4th year
M.A., Communication Studies: Missouri State University, August 2008
B.S., Organizational Communication Studies: Missouri State University, June 2006
Focus of Graduate Studies:
My research focuses on rhetoric in new media as it pertains to social activism, identity construction, and social controversy. Currently, my dissertation focuses on how the It Gets Better campaign is the product of, and in part, shaped by its medium-YouTube.
My coursework is preparing me to teach all levels of courses related to rhetorical criticism, the rhetoric of new media, argumentation/advocacy, public speaking, technology and activism, feminist theory, and the rhetoric of communities.
- Created, implemented, and directed the Ph.D. Mentorship Program
- Co-created and co-directed the UWM Public Speaking Showcase
- Trainer for university-wide teaching assistantship orientation
- President of the Graduate Student Council
- Volunteer session leader for G.I.F.T., Central States Communication Conference
- Reviewer for Rhetorical Criticism and Theory Division, National Communication Association & Central States Communication Association
- Graduate of the Rhetorical Leadership Certificate
- Volunteer for Pathfinders ― B.E.D.(Milwaukee homeless youth fundraiser event)
- Interviewer for Living Learning Community resident assistants
- Judge for National Christian Forensics Association speech competition.
- Graduate representative for Communication Department’s Job Search Committee
- Representative of the Cavett Robert Scholarship awarded by the National Speaking Association.
Harness, L. (2011). Enacting Self-Help Discourse: A Rhetorical Analysis of the “It Gets Better” Empowering Narratives. Presented at the Doctoral Honors Seminar for the National Communication Association. Fargo, North Dakota.
Harness, L. (2011). Book Review: Felicia Wu Song. Virtual Communities: Bowling Alone, Online Together. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 97
Harness, L. (2011). The Visual Politics of the Black Panther Party. Paper presented at Central States Communication Association Conference, Milwaukee, April
Harness, L. (2011). Re-Marginalizing the Marginalized: An Analysis of the Photovoice Rhetoric. Paper presented at Southern Communication Association Conference, Little Rock, March.
Harness, L. (2011). Reclassifying Activism: An Analysis of the CharactersUnite Community. Paper presented at Southern Communication Association Conference, Little Rock, March.
Harness, L. (2010). Scapegoating in the Park: A Burkeian Analysis of the Large Feeding Ban. Paper presented at National Communication Conference, San Francisco.
Harness, L. (2010). America‘s Sweetheart: A Rhetorical Analysis of Barbie as a Social, Cultural, and Political Leader. Paper presented at the Women‘s Study Annual Conference, UW-Whitewater, April.
Harness, L. (2009). The Scrapbook of My Life: Analyzing the Rhetoric of Camera Technology. Paper presented as part of the panel Empowerment, Engagement, and Guardianship: Examining Influential Societal Rhetoric about Technology at the National Communication Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL, November.
Harness, L. (2009). Gaining a Clue in the Game We Call Life: Analyzing the Underlying Ideologies of Traditional Board Games. Paper presented as part of the panel Making Ideology visible in art and popular culture. Presented at the Women’s Studies Conference, Madison, April.
Harness, L. (2009). Standing at Different Societal Points: A G.I.F.T.S. Presentation. Activity presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, April
Harness, L. (2009). Constructing a Street Family: The Importance of Relationships on Homeless Youth‘s Identity. Presented as part of the panel Shot through the heart, and you're to blame: Not giving graduate student research...a bad name at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, April
Harness, L. (2008). Exploring the Social Identity of Homeless Youth: An Uncommon Blend of Social Identity and Co-Cultural Theory. Presented as part of the panel The Joy of Unconventional (Theoretical) Cooking: Mixing up Theory, Exposing Assumptions, and Playing with Potentiality at the National Communication Association Annual Conference, San Diego, November.