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Congratulations Jessica Kurr!

Congratulations Jessica Kurr!

Jessica A. Kurr has received a grant from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation for research on her book project, When the Fed Speaks. Currently a doctoral student in Communication Arts and Sciences, Jessica hopes to builds on her dissertation about the role of the Federal Reserve in economic policy debates. The project examines the differing rhetorical strategies of influential Fed chairs, including Marriner Eccles, William McChesney Martin Jr., Arthur Burns, Paul Volcker, Alan Greenspan, and Ben Bernanke. The research grant from the Ford Presidential Foundation will provide Jessica the resources necessary to conduct research on Arthur Burns, who was Fed chair during the Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations. In addition to contributing to public understanding of the changing role of the Fed in economic debates, Jessica hopes to illuminate the challenges involved in engaging the public in debates over complex economic policies.

Jessica acknowledges the support she has received for the project from her advisor, Professor J. Michael Hogan, the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, the Center for Democratic Deliberation at Penn State, and several other research centers and funding agencies, including the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the University of Utah library, and the Volcker Alliance.