(Fall 2016 Cohort)
B.A.: Berry College
Specialization: Political rhetoric, rhetorical criticism, competitive discourse, public address
Carson Kay earned her B.S. in Animal Science from Berry College. Her research interests revolve around political and competition rhetoric. However, as she examines the discourse within and between competitive teams, she draws from small group communication literature, as well.
Largely, she grounds her research in American politics, evaluating diction in partisan interactions during political campaigns, especially the discourse that manifests on social media. In the future, she plans to extend her work in competition rhetoric to the discourse of speech teams to clarify how coaches and instructors might influence positive inter-team interactions and consequently promote a discourse of community rather than a colony of critical cliques.
In addition to her research, Kay has a passion for teaching. Backed by a decade of competitive public speaking experience, Kay helps coach the O.U. Speaking Bobcats Speech and Debate Team with a specialization in speech-writing and prepared public address. Furthermore, as a graduate teaching associate, she instructs undergraduate students in COMS 1030, an introductory public speaking course.
When she’s not in the office or traveling with the team, Kay sketches, reads, and writes in coffee shop corners. She also tinkers in photography, relishes music, adores animals, and enjoys breathing in the great outdoors.