Simonson's areas of research expertise include: the international history of communication and media studies, the intellectual history of communication and media theory, rhetorical theory, Pragmatism, the intersections of philosophy and rhetoric, sociological and anthropological approaches to rhetoric, the work of Robert K. Merton Additional areas of research and teaching interest include: communication and democracy, political theory, ethics, listening, sound studies, feminist historiography, media history, the history and sociology of academic disciplines, transnational studies, religious studies and its intersections with rhetoric and media, posthumanist studies, Charles Sanders Peirce and his relevance for rhetorical studies, rhetorical field methods, pedagogical theory and practice, Walt Whitman, communication and rhetorical studies in Latin America, comparative rhetoric, oral history, and 19th and 20th century American studies
rhetorical theory, the intellectual history of communication, philosophy and rhetoric, the international history of communication and media studies, communication and American studies, feminist historiography, public moral discourse, rhetoric and religion, listening, rhetorical field work
CMCI 1010 - Concepts and Creativity 1: Media, Communication, Information
Engages key principles and practices in the fields of media, communication and information. Emphasizes the analyses of new and old media, information technologies, verbal and visual literacies, communicative interactions and cultural practices through process-based learning and hands-on projects utilizing multiple modes of expression. First course in two semester sequence required for all first-year CMCI students. Requires a grade of C- or better to count toward degree.
COMM 4220 - Senior Seminar: Functions of Communication
Topical seminar on the functions of communication across interpersonal, group, organizational, and public contexts. Reviews current theory and research on topics such as communication and conflict, persuasion, and ethical dimensions of communication practices.
COMM 4950 - Senior Thesis: Honors
For exceptional communication majors who wish to graduate with department honors and receive credit for writing an honors thesis. Recommended prerequisite: COMM 4100 and overall GPA of 3.35 or higher and a COMM or COMN GPA of 3.50 or higher.
COMM 6200 - Seminar: Selected Topics
Facilitates understanding of current and past theory and research on a selected topic in communication and the ability to develop new theory and research on that topic. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours on different topics.
COMM 6320 - Rhetorical Theory
Reviews current theory and research on topics such as contemporary rhetorical theory, rhetoric and public life, rhetoric as an interpretive social science, and rhetoric of social movements and political campaigns. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics. Recommended prerequisite: COMM 5320.