Dr. Gries' research is invested in visual rhetoric, circulation studies, new materialisms, research methodologies, and the digital humanities. She is particularly interested in how images circulate, transform, and contribute to collective life and is currently developing digital research methods and data visualization techniques to support such research. She also invested in investigating how people's thoughts, emotions, attitudes, and behaviors are impacted through rhetorical encounters with mundane, everyday objects and is currently developing new materialist rhetorical methods to conduct such research.
Visual Rhetoric, Rhetoric, Writing Studies, Communication, New Materialisms, Affect Studies, Research Methodologies, Digital Humanities, Circulation Studies, Global Visual Studies,
COMM 5320 - Readings in Rhetoric
Fall 2018 / Spring 2021
Survey of classical and contemporary readings in rhetoric. Required for doctoral students in communication; optional for master's students.
COMM 5720 - Readings in Communication and Technology
Survey of multidisciplinary research that examines various relationships between communication and technology. Students are encouraged to develop critical skills in perceiving assumptions and perspectives that motivate major theories in this area, and to examine how these phenomena have changed over time.
WRTG 3020 - Topics in Writing
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2021
Through sustained inquiry into a selected topic or issue, students will practice advanced forms of academic writing. Emphasizes analysis, criticism and argument. Taught as a writing workshop, places a premium on substantive, thoughtful revision. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: WRTG 1150 or equivalent (completion of lower-division writing requirement).
WRTG 3090 - Open Topics in Writing: Advanced
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Advanced topics course providing intensive, specialized writing instruction in selected topics. Check with the program for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours if the topics are different. Does not fulfill core requirements. Department enforced prerequisite: WRTG 3007 or WRTG 3020 WRTG 3030 or WRTG 3035 or WRTG 3040 or instructor consent required.