M.A., Syracuse University
(Fall 2015 Cohort)
Specializations: postcolonial/decolonial theory, Native studies, social movement and protest rhetorics
Rachel Presley is a doctoral student of Rhetoric & Public Culture at Ohio University where she studies concepts of citizenship, social change, and protest movements through the lens of postcolonial and decolonial theory. She received her M.A. from Syracuse University in 2015, where her thesis combined aspects of visual culture and public memory to analyze the performative role of Aboriginal and European-Australian actors and spectators in the Opening Ceremony of the XXVII Olympic Games. Her ongoing scholarship is guided by an overarching interest in critical theory and resistance rhetorics within marginalized and peripheral communities, particularly regarding Native American activism and transnational feminist movements.
Outside of her academic interests, Presley is an avid lover of punny humor and jokes found on Laffy Taffy wrappers. She enjoys exploring the charmingly eccentric shops, wineries, and restaurants of Athens County and snuggling with her beloved pup, Poppy.