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Dominic Manthey, djm513

Graduate Assistant in Communication Arts and Sciences

316 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802

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  1. B.A. in English and Philosophy, North Dakota State University, 2013
  2. M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2015
  3. Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, anticipated Spring of 2020

Dominic Manthey studies the rhetoric of resistance in both U. S. and international contexts. He believes that a rhetorical approach to activism reveals how debates over rights, opportunities, and resources depend, in large part, upon a contest over shared meanings. Studying society from this perspective helps complicate histories that may otherwise marginalize or essentialize protest. Listening to grassroots voices also demands a flexible methodology, ranging from fieldwork to textual criticism to critical public address. In his dissertation project, Dominic is examining speeches, oral histories, newsletters, and other archival texts from major anti-war movements in American history, considering how popular appeals to “peace” serve as a discursive engine for exclusionary visions of national identity. These movements, far from being simply pacifist, express a legacy of cultural violence, particularly along the lines of race, gender, and memory. 

Advisor: Dr. Stephen H. Browne