MA in Rhetoric Student Profiles-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Anthony Cali

M.A. Student, Rhetoric

Email: acali@andrew.cmu.edu


Cali graduated from Georgia State University in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree of Interdisciplinary Studies in Theatre with an allied field in Nonprofit Management. After graduating, he worked as the Marketing and Development Coordinator at Theatrical Outfit, a professional theare company in Atlanta where he constructed grant proposals, liaised with donors both corporate and private, and orchestrated the advertising and branding efforts of the institution; Cali also produced both traditional theatre and performance art of his own at various universities and performance spaces in Atlanta. At Carnegie Mellon, he intends to research the effects of digital distribution on our understandings of culture, politics, and identity itself. Cali intends to synthesize his professional experience in marketing and development, his personal experience in the art world, and the rhetorical experience he will accrue in the MA program to realize new and relevant approaches to communication, large-scale messaging, and public identities.

Sophie Dean

M.A. Student, Rhetoric

Email: sadean@andrew.cmu.edu

Sophie graduated with honors from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature and a Professional Writing minor. Her degree coursework demonstrated a focus in women's rhetoric. Throughout her undergraduate career, she worked as a summer intern at NIH compiling a demographics database of HIV patients in the Washington, D.C. area in addition to her role as a tutor in her university's Writing Center, where she was inspired to pursue an advanced degree to continue teaching. While at Carnegie Mellon, she hopes to further hone her writing skill set and explore the field of rhetoric and its professional applications. In her free time, Sophie enjoys long walks through a greenhouse or botanical garden and seeing her favorite bands in concert.

Emily DeJeu

Emily DeJeu

M.A. Student, Rhetoric (Part-Time)

Email: edejeu@andrew.cmu.edu

Emily graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in English from Grove City College. She spent the next three years teaching 8th grade Language Arts in Indianapolis and the following 5 years producing and raising children (she has 3). For the last 4 years, Emily has held a position as lead staff writer and marketing manager for a large web-based company. While at CMU, Emily plans to study rhetorics of social marginalization and exclusion surrounding those in recovery, incarceration, and mental health populations. Her long-term goal is to pursue a Ph.D. and to utilize her research to better serve those in her own community.

Rebecca Lee

M.A. Student, Rhetoric

Email: rml1@andrew.cmu.edu

Rebecca earned an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Marlboro College in 2015, and a BA in History from Mount Holyoke College in 2003. She spent the past year as an English Language Fellow teaching at a university in Vietnam. Previously, she worked as an ESL teacher in Washington, DC. She has also taught and worked with literacy programs as an AmeriCorps volunteer and a Peace Corps volunteer, and also spent time working as a community organizer with the Obama for America 2008 presidential campaign.

She hopes to use the MA in Rhetoric program to explore areas of study around language and identity, and looks forward to working as a tutor at the Global Communication Center. 


Taylor Rugg

M.A. Student, Rhetoric

Email: trugg@andrew.cmu.edu

Taylor Rugg graduated Summa Cum Laude with double honors from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with Bachelor's degrees in Writing & Rhetoric and War, Warfare, & the Soldier Experience and a minor in the Writing Colleague Program. Her research for her honors theses focused on the construction and comprehension of the hero identity within the military and veteran population. During her undergraduate experience, Taylor was actively involved in a variety of organizations and extracurricular activities, including supporting programs through the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN). After completing the Master's program, Taylor would like to continue her education with a doctoral program to continue to develop an understanding of the relationship between civilians and the military and work to improve the communication strategies used by both populations.

Audrey Strohm

M.A. Student, Rhetoric

Email: astrohm@andrew.cmu.edu

Audrey graduated summa cum laude from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, with a B.A. in English and a minor in philosophy. As an undergraduate, she interned for Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society and served as the Training and Outreach Coordinator for her university’s writing center. While at CMU, Audrey is eager to explore the field and expand her knowledge of rhetorical theory and practice. Her current interests include writing pedagogy, collaboration as rhetorical invention, and public rhetorics. Outside of her studies, Audrey looks forward to visiting Pittsburgh’s many coffee shops and to experiencing the city’s famous sports culture.


Amy Thompson

M.A. Student, Rhetoric (Part-Time)

Email: arthomps@andrew.cmu.edu

Amy graduated from the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA) in 1997 with a B.A. in English – Professional Writing and B.A. in Communication; she also had minor focuses in Classics and Women’s Studies. Amy relocated to the Midwest in 1999, and spent 10 years working in consulting for higher education. For the past 7 years, she has worked in freelance as a communication specialist, writer, and Web designer, while filling the most important role of mother to her 5 energetic sons. Amy has a deep love for understanding the way we communicate, and the words we choose to express ourselves; she is attending CMU with the goal of becoming a professor.


Yishan Wang

M.A. Student, Rhetoric

Email: yishanw@andrew.cmu.edu

Yishan Wang received a BA in English from Beihang University in 2017 and her training was mainly in linguistics. She was a staff writer for the news section of the campus newspaper The Tartan. Her main research interests lie in pragmatics and interdisciplinary studies. She hopes to explore her interests in rhetorical studies in the MA Rhetoric program.