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photo of Dr. Michele Ramsey E. Michele Ramsey, Ph.D.

current city: hometown:
Mt. Penn, PA Lewisville, TX

University of North Texas, BAAS (political science) & MS (communication studies)
University of Georgia PhD (speech communication)

  favorite quotation:  
  "Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral."
Paolo Freier

  film and TV criticism
political engagement
80s music

  favorite TV show:  
  Arrested Development

  favorite movie:  
  Thelma and Louise

  why did you study communication?  
  I majored in political science as an undergraduate and wanted to go to graduate school, but wasn’t interested in measuring political work with statistics, which was typical in political science. Communication (and specifically rhetorical studies) gave me a place to do research on political communication in a qualitative way, as well as gave me a place to teach students about the importance of being good citizens.

  why is your chapter important?  
  As I note in my chapter, our entire world is constructed for us using language, so the kind of world we construct for future generations very much depends on language use today. Children who don’t grow up in households that use racist language typically don’t grow up to be explicitly racist. That’s not an accident.

  if you learned that you would die in a few days, what regrets would you have?

That I never went to another country in need of help and did my part to help them.

  who do you admire the most, and why?
  The women of the First Wave of feminists. I have all that I have because they were willing to starve, be beaten, and be berated by the majority of their fellow citizens for the principle of women’s equality. You think calling yourself a “feminist” now is tough to do? Read about what it was like in the 1800s and early 1900s!

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