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Nikki Orth

Nikki Orth

Graduate Assistant in Communication Arts and Sciences

Predoctoral Fellow, Center for Humanities and Information

316 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802


  1. B.A., College of Saint Benedict, Saint John’s University, 2014
  2. M.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 2018
  3. Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, anticipated 2021

Nikki Orth is a rhetorical theorist and critic whose interdisciplinary research interests exist at the intersection of race and racism, public memory, and social change. Her recent published scholarship includes a Voices of Democracy unit on Ella Baker

Nikki received the Kathryn DeBoer Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student and teaches undergraduate courses on public speaking and message analysis. She has also TA’d in courses on persuasion and propaganda and rhetorical theory. In the past, Nikki served as Assistant Director to the basic public speaking course and as an editorial and curricular assistant for the CAS Keywords online textbook project.

Advisor: Dr. Kirt Wilson