Carnegie Mellon University

Nicole Tanquary

Nicole Tanquary

Ph.D. Student

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Area of Study

PhD in Rhetoric


My current work mixes together critical discourse analysis and feminist rhetorics as I investigate the ways in which media institutions attempt to hold politicians accountable for their words and deeds. I have ongoing interests in intertextuality, entextualization and recontextualization, and how these methods are deployed to depict victims in text. I am also drawn to interactions that take place in political settings, and the ways participants use such interactions to create, sustain, or trouble hierarchies of power.

Other scholastic interests include rhetorical criticism, political rhetorics, accountability and confrontation, performance studies, and the rhetoric of horror film.


M.A. in Communication & Rhetorical Studies, Syracuse University
B. A. in Writing and Rhetoric, Hobart and William Smith Colleges


public rhetorics, accountability, victimization, feminist rhetorics, political rhetorics