Joshua L. Comer, Ph.D.

JOSHUA L. COMER

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I am a communication educator, researcher, and strategist focusing on how people adopt technological changes. I earned my Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for my research on user engagement with software updates.

EDUCATION

2015

Ph.D., Communication and Rhetoric

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dissertation: Updates: Technologies of media change

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2010

M.A., Media and Cinema Studies

DePaul University

Thesis: Palimpsests: Salvage, sacrifice, and the subject of truth in photographs

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2008

B.S., Journalism

Bowling Green State University

PUBLICATIONS

Book

In preparation

Accept all changes: Updates as technologies of responsibility

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Articles

In preparation

Team-based learning in the communication classroom

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2014

By the numbers: California in world literature

Boom: A Journal of California, 4(1), 46-53

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2011

Elocution and feminine power in the first quarter of the twentieth century: The career of Carolyn Winkler (Paterson) as performer and teacher

Rhetoric Review, 30(4), 387-405

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2008

Tracing sea-change: From The Tempest to The New York Times

Quidditas: Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, 29, 137-149

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Book Chapter

2014

Another time: Novelizing history after the canon in Matheson

In C. Mathews and J. Haedicke (Eds.), Reading Richard Matheson: A critical survey. Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield

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Book Review

2011

Review of Enemyship: Democracy and counter-revolution in the early republic by Jeremy Engels

Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 41(5), 499-502

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AWARDS

2009–2010

Media and Cinema Studies Graduate Fellowship

DePaul University

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2008

President's Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement

Bowling Green State University

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PRESENTATIONS

Conference Papers

2014

The model rhetoric of media studies

Rhetoric Society of America Conference. San Antonio, TX

2014

Masses of media: Sorting through media history in reality television

Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Joint National Conference. Chicago, IL

2012

Gaming persuasion: The categorical imperative of moral and political mechanics in games

Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Joint National Conference. Boston, MA

2011

Cache in the attic

Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Joint National Conference. San Antonio, TX

2010

Playing in the past: Ghosts of a golden age of digital games

Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Joint National Conference. St. Louis, MO

Campus Presentations

2013

Forgetting French

Unlearn. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2012

Mature content: Making and breaking ethical conventions in games

Department of Language, Literature, and Communication Colloquium. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY

Guest Lectures

2013

Online journalism in international contexts

Internet and Law. Lecture conducted from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

2012

Educational games

Social and Psychological Effects of Games. Lecture conducted from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

EXPERIENCE

Teaching Experience

2013–2015

Introduction to Communication Theory

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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2012

Utopian Literature

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Research Experience

2010–2011

Graduate Research Assistant

Communication Internship Program

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Professional Service

2013—

Editorial Board and Book Review Editor

Journal of Games Criticism

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2012

Panel Chair and Organizer

The rhetorical dynamics of character, competition, and cooperation in games

Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Joint National Conference. Boston, MA

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2007–2008

Peer Facilitator

Introduction to International Studies

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

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2005–2006

Student Assistant

Partners For Change

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio and Manouba University, Manouba, Tunisia

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Professional Experience

2005–2008

Staff Writer

The Advertiser-Tribune

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