M.A., Ohio University
(Fall 2016 Cohort)
Schoonover Center 417
Specializations: Political rhetoric, partisanship, identity
Carson S. Kay earned her B.S. in Animal Science from Berry College in May of 2016 and her M.A. in Rhetoric and Public Culture from Ohio University in May of 2018. Her research examines the rhetorics of partisanship, race, and identity that arise in contentious U.S. spaces, specifically in the southern states.
Kay strongly values her identity as a teacher-scholar, mentoring in both interpersonal and classroom domains. Backed by over a decade of competitive public speaking experience, Kay coached the Ohio University Speaking Bobcats Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team from 2016-2018. She specializes in prepared public address and speech-writing, guiding students in developing their research, writing, and public platform skills. Furthermore, as a graduate teaching associate, she has used her public communication experience in the classroom, teaching introductory public speaking and argumentation courses to students across majors.
When she’s not in the office, Kay enjoys writing in Athens’s coffee shop corners, spending time in the sun, and playing with her feline son, Champ.