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J. David Maxson

J. David Maxson

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Communication Arts and Sciences

347 Moore Building
University Park , PA 16802

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  1. B.A., Drury University, 2010
  2. M.A., Indiana University, 2013
  3. Ph.D., Penn State University, 2018

J. David Maxson studies the intersection of rhetoric, space/place, race, and public memory. His research explores how activist communities use memorial landscapes to channel, resist, or remake material manifestations of power. In his dissertation, Rhetorical Burials: Memorial Practices of New Orleans, Maxson weaves rhetorical fieldwork, ethnographic interviews, archival research, and textual criticism to examine the ways that funerary rituals are used to facilitate communal healing in response to collective traumas. Maxson’s research contributes to both rhetorical theory and practice by engaging flexible traditions of memory that work to produce more diverse, inclusive, and adjustable means of representing the past.