Carnegie Mellon University

Maggie Goss

Maggie Goss

Ph.D. Student

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Area of Study

PhD in Rhetoric


My research deals with political and feminist rhetoric, focusing on the press’ representation of public figures. My dissertation takes a critical discourse analytic approach to tracing the circulation of discourse, issues of representation, and gendered dynamics of social sanctioning. As a case to understand these issues, my work seeks to understand how Hillary Clinton was appraised during news coverage of her private email server. In doing so I explore the implications of what happens when the press continue to report on a single issue over time, and how this informs normative beliefs about how figures—particularly female—should behave in the public sphere. 

As the Assistant Director of Professional and Technical Writing I also enjoy teaching prof/tech writing, first year writing, and second language acquisition.


Graduate: Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University

Undergraduate: English, The College of Wooster