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

Kayla Heglas

Kayla Heglas

B.A. in Humanities and Arts

Email: kheglas@andrew.cmu.edu

Kayla recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with the interdisciplinary degree of Bachelors of Humanities and Arts, where she focused on the intersection of Fine Arts and Professional Writing in 2014. Her array of interests and thirst for knowledge has led her to pursue a M.A. in Rhetoric, where she hopes to explore the intersection of rhetoric and law before continuing on to law school in Fall 2015. In her spare time Kayla enjoys yoga, hot tea, and planning her next adventure.

Alex Helberg

Alex Helberg

B.S. in Secondary English Education, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Email: ahelberg@andrew.cmu.edu

The driving force behind my work in the field of rhetoric stems from what some might call a “generative dichotomy” between ideal normative theories of discursive practice (such as Habermas’s Theory of Communicative Action) and the myriad accounts of how discursive interaction actually occurs in everyday life. To me, this dichotomy is definitively a generative one in that it allows us – as both analysts of discourse and participants in discourse – to achieve a deeper understanding of the ways in which we interpellate (and are interpellated by) language, rhetoric, and their many extensions. Particularly, I am interested in how discursive practices are mediated by technologies, and what ideal theoretical accounts can lend to an understanding of what this mediation does to the discourse as a result.

In my undergraduate research, I sought to examine the ways in which narrative creation self-fashions authors’ identities and expresses ideologies across history and modes of composition, ranging from the eighteenth-century novel to the contemporary online social network. I am intrigued and excited at the unique opportunity to study rhetoric in the midst of new and emerging technologies such as blogs, wikis, and social networks which rely heavily on crowd-sourced composition, and to seek an understanding of the new publics that arise from them. My academic work is also highly influenced by pedagogy and the ways in which abstract topics in rhetoric and English studies can be taught to students.


Jung-Yu Lin (林容妤)

Jung-Yu Lin (林容妤)

B.A. in Foreign Language & Literature, National Taiwan University

Email: jungyul@andrew.cmu.edu

Jung-Yu got her BA from National Taiwan University in Foreign Language and Literature with a minor in Education. After teaching English in a high school in Taipei, she got a Fulbright scholarship to study and teach Mandarin Chinese in Spelman College. She chose to come to the Rhetoric program because she is interested in the ideology of teachers' language. Also, as a language teacher and a polyglot, she is interested in linguistics structures and communication styles of different languages. Besides studying, she also enjoys doing calligraphy, hip-hop dancing and watching dance videos on youtube.

Emily Mooney

Emily Mooney

B.A. in English Literature & Minor in Dance, Elon University

Email: emilymoo@andrew.cmu.edu

Emily Mooney is a Master's student in the Rhetoric program. She graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Dance. She came to Carnegie Mellon University to explore her interests in the interdisciplinary nature of discourse and the art of communication. Professionally, her interests include writing center implementation and non-profit communications. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, reading, and cooking.