Cynthia Rosenfeld is a second year PhD student in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (CRDM) program at North Carolina State University. Her research in the areas of environmental and animal studies engages new materialist and posthumanist philosophy and rhetoric and explores questions of what it means to be a humanimal in the age of the Anthropocene.
Cynthia currently teaches in the Communication department. Her courses encourage students to engage in creative practice and to explore taken-for-granted assumptions about social relations, organizations, and education. In addition to her academic work, she co-runs Live Gently Art with her partner and lives on a small rescue farm. She has a background in journalism, social work, and animal welfare.
Rosenfeld, C. P. (2018). The Great Divide: What Dr. Moreau Tells Us About Posthumanism and the Anthropocene. Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research, 17, 37-52.
Rosenfeld, C. P. (2019). From Prometheus to Gaea: A Case for Earth-Centered Language. Language & Ecology. Available from http://ecolinguistics-association.org/journal
Rosenfeld, C. P. (2020). Oh! They’re Not Slimy: An Ethnographic Exploration of Human-Snake Encounters. Journal for Critical Animal Studies, 17, 13-41.
Craig, E. A., Nieforth, L., & Rosenfeld, C. P. (2020). Communicating Hope and Resilience in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: Protective Factors for Adverse Childhood Experiences. Western Journal of Communication, 84, 400-418. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2020.1754451
Rosenfeld, C. P. (in press). Slithering Stories-We-Live-By: Animal Educators’ Construction and Enactment of Positive Narratives About Snakes. Society & Animals.
Rosenfeld, C. P. (under review). Toward the Humilocene: The Embodied Rhetoric of St. Francis of Assisi. The Trumpeter.
Rosenfeld, C. P. (under review). Do You Hear the People Sign: Citizens’ Comments on an Online Petition Opposing North Carolina’s Ag-gag Law. Journal of Applied Communication Research.
Rosenfeld, C. P. (under review). Talking Trash: The Rhetoric of Waste Bins. enculturation: a journal of rhetoric, writing, and culture.
Rosenfeld, C. P. (in press). Bowers of Persuasion: Toward a Posthuman Visual Rhetoric. Thinking about Animals: Posthumanist Readings. Ed. Krishanu Maiti. Cambridge Scholars Press.
Rosenfeld, C. P. (2020). Book review: Virtual menageries: Animals as mediators in network cultures by Jody Berland. Journal for Critical Animal Studies, 17(5), 69-72. http://journalforcriticalanimalstudies.org/jcas-volume-17-issue-5-october-2020/
Rosenfeld, C. P. (under review). Living and acting in a tangled web of relations. Critical Studies in Media Communication.
Vandergrift, M., Mann, A., Feldman, A., & Rosenfeld, C. (in press). Immersive Scholar: A Guidebook for Documenting and Publishing Experiential Scholarship Projects.
Craig, E. A., Nieforth, L., & Rosenfeld, C. P. (2018, November). Communicating Hope and Resilience in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). Poster session presented at the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Rosenfeld, C. P. (2019, February). From Prometheus to Gaea: A Case for Earth-Centered Language. Paper presented at Western States Communication Association, Seattle, Washington.
Rosenfeld, C. P. (2020, February). Flowers and Fruits and Fungus—Oh My!: Nonhuman Agents of Visual Rhetoric. Paper presented at Camp Rhetoric, Pennsylvania State University.
Rosenfeld, C. P. (2020, April). Staring Down a Weeping Angel: The Rhetoric of Visuality in a Horrifying Doctor Who. Paper was to be presented at Eastern Communication Conference, Baltimore, MD. (Top Competitive Papers in Rhetoric and Public Address.) (Canceled due to coronavirus.)
Rosenfeld, C. P. (2020, November). Talking Trash: The Rhetoric of Waste Bins. Poster session presented at the National Communication Association, Indianapolis, IN.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundations Immersive Scholar (Summer 2020)
P.I. Micah Vandegrift, Role: Researcher
Virtual Martin Luther King Project Fall 2020-
P.I. Victoria Gallagher, Role: Graduate Research Assistant
B.A. Communications University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2009
MSW Social Work University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2013
M.A. Communications North Carolina State University 2019
Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media North Carolina State University