Carson S. Kay

Carson S. Kay

M.A., Ohio University

(Fall 2016 Cohort)

SCHN 416

Specializations: Rhetorical representations of political/politicized identities, southeastern U.S. rhetorics, critical forensic pedagogy


Carson S. Kay (M.A., Ohio University; B.S., Berry College) is a doctoral candidate and rhetorical scholar in the School of Communication Studies.

Using engaged rhetorical methodologies, Carson’s research centers on the rhetorical representations of political and politicized identities in contentious U.S. spaces and conversations. Her studies focus on the cultural appropriateness of identity representations (i.e., monuments, plantations), the navigation of political rhetorics online (i.e., spectacles of social media, virtual tours), and the social construction of political identity across contexts (i.e., political expression in the workplace, online, in the classroom, and in public dialogues). Currently, she is studying the discourses and rhetorical stories that contribute to how American citizens navigate political difference through the self-deliberation of internal and external rhetorics. Additionally, Carson contemplates the ways power is negotiated in collegiate forensics in order to conceptualize the interplay of agency, difference, and equality/equity within the activity. Her work has been published in Carolinas Communication Annual, Speaker & Gavel, American Behavioral Scientist, Winning Orations, and the edited collection entitled Subjective Experiences of Interactive Nostalgia, with forthcoming work set to appear in the National Forensic Journal.

Carson teaches undergraduate courses in intercultural communication, argument analysis and advocacy, group communication, and public speaking. Backed by nearly 15 years of competitive public speaking experience, she has coached collegiate forensics and mentored 4-H high school students participating in communication contests. She specializes in prepared public address and speech-writing, guiding students in developing their research, writing, and presentation skills.

Additionally, Carson has received several awards for her scholarship and service, including the 2019 Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, the 2019 Peter Raposo Servant Leadership Award, and the 2019 Graduate Student Leadership Award from the School of Communication Studies. She also received the 2017 Excellence in Service to Students Award from the Ohio University Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

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