Jansen B. Werner

Jansen B. Werner

Ph.D. Student, Class 0f 2016

Office: Johnston Hall 323
Phone: 414-229-2223
e-mail: wernerjb@uwm.edu
Curriculum Vitae: PDF (178kb)


M.A., Minnesota State University-Mankato, Communication Studies, 2012
B.A., Saint John’s University, Communication, 2009

Focus of Graduate Studies:

Doctoral student in rhetoric with an emphasis in civil rights, identity, and disability/mental health.

Research Interests:

I am interested in the role of rhetoric in the construction of individual and group identity, especially as it pertains to civil rights controversies. My current research focuses on how rhetoric mediates the relationship between mental health and civic character.

Teaching Interests and Experience:

My coursework is preparing me to teach all levels of courses related to rhetorical criticism, rhetorical theory, and argumentation. I have taught Commun 103: Public Speaking, and I anticipate teaching Commun 335: Critical Analysis of Communication.

Relevant Activities

Faculty Representative, Communication Graduate Student Council of UWM, Spring 2013
Treasurer, Rhetoric Society of American Student Chapter at UWM, Spring 2013


Dimock, J. P., Cronn-Mills, D. & Werner, J. B. (2012). Not of the world: The Jehovah’s Witnesses and “Saluting a Flag.” In S.M. Croucher & T.M. Harris (Eds.), Religion and communication: An anthology of extensions in theory, research, and method (225-241). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Werner, J. B. (2011). “A land of make believe that don’t believe in me”: Dissent by incongruity in Green Day’s “Jesus of Suburbia.” CTAM Journal, 38, 55-72.


Werner, J. B. (2012). Re-discovering African American critical practice during World War II. Paper presented at the 15th biennial meeting of the Rhetorical Society of America, Philadelphia, PA.

Werner, J. B. (2012). Re-framing civil rights discourse: The rhetorical foundations of the Harlem Renaissance. Panel presentation at the 15th biennial meeting of the Rhetorical Society of America, Philadelphia, PA.