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Kelly Williams Nagel

Graduate Assistant in Communication Arts and Sciences

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  1. B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 2015
  2. M.A., Baylor University, 2017
  3. Ph.D., Penn State University, anticipated 2023

Kelly Williams studies visual rhetoric and public culture. Currently, she is examining the role public art has in creating and disrupting communities around the world. She received her MA from Baylor University in 2017, where she studied the intersections between public art, constitutive rhetoric, and identity in the United States and Europe. She served as the Editorial Assistant for Rhetoric & Public Affairs Journal from 2015-2017, as well as in 2020. She has also studied political rhetoric, including the relationship between Joseph McCarthy and Dwight Eisenhower. Kelly is returning to graduate school after two years off in which she taught five semesters of CAS 100C: Effective Message Analysis, both at University Park and World Campus. Her favorite aspect of the Penn State community is meeting students from diverse backgrounds, and helping them manage their fears about public speaking. She is an avid fan of true crime, podcasts, and the Texas Longhorns.

Advisor: Michele Kennerly