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Doris Wesley

Graduate Student

Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media

Bio

Doris Wesley is a doctoral scholar in the Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media program. She teaches communication studies courses such as public speaking, international and cross-cultural communication, conflict management, etc. In addition, she collaborates with a bright team of scholars (both nationally and internationally) on issues surrounding communication, conflict-transformation, and counter-terrorism. Her recent research projects entail using multimodal techniques to explore the testimonies, discourse, and visual (media) representation of terrorist survivors and Internally Displaced Persons and creating a dispute system design for nonprofit and governmental organizations. Her research interests include organizational and institutional conflict transformation, digital archives and storytelling, terrorist and trauma survivors’ testimonies, counter-terrorism, African feminism, non-violent communication, and communication pedagogy. Doris has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and received several awards, honors, and grants. She continues to collaborate on projects and participates in several (inter)national fora.

In addition to her teaching and research, Doris is an internationally-acclaimed conflict coach and humanitarian. She is the founder of the DEW Foundation with several initiatives that passionately serve vulnerable underrepresented individuals and develop impoverished communities by providing resources, mentorship, and a safe community to improve their well-being. Doris enjoys spending her free-time speaking, educating, coaching, mentoring, and sharing ideas and knowledge in the areas of Communication, Conflict-Transformation, Counter-Terrorism, and Personal Development. She enjoys impacting our world positively and contributing value.

Visit www.doriswesley.com to learn more about her!

Research Publications

Wesley, D. (in press). Framing Terrorism Survivors: Visual Representation of Boko Haram Survivors in Inter(national) News Media. Visual Communication Quarterly.

Wesley, D. (2021). A Critical-Rhetorical Analysis of Michelle Obama’s Messages on the Abduction of the Nigerian Chibok Girls. Journal of Communication and Media Research, 13(1), 13 – 26.

Wesley, D. (2021). Empowerment through silence: A critical discourse analysis of Boko Haram Survivor Narratives. International Gender Research, 4(1), 333–339. doi:10.34190/IGR.21.055

Schwartzman, R., & Wesley, D. (2020). Feminizing resilience: Transcending toughness in testimonies of Jewish Holocaust survivors. International Gender Research, 3(1), 228–234.

National and International Presentations

Wesley, D. (2022). Are Terrorism Survivors Better Portrayed? An Answer from the Visual Representation of Boko Haram Survivors in Inter(national) News Media. International Association for Media and Communication Research. Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Wesley, D. & Pandya, M. (2022). The Existing and Evolving Aspects of Mobilities in the Global South: A Comparative Analysis of Individuals Affected by COVID-19 in India and East Africa. Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) 2022. Online Edition.

Wesley, D. (2022). Framing Terrorism Survivors: Visual Representation of Boko Haram Survivors in Inter(national) News Media. International Conference on Gender Research. The University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Wesley, D. (2022). The Decolonial Archive: Towards a Pluriversal Diversality. Presentation at the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (CRDM) Symposium. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Wesley, D. (2022). International Students and COVID-19: A Critical Rhetorical Analysis of International Students’ Services Messages on North Carolina Universities’ Web Pages. The Carolina Rhetoric Conference (CRC). North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Wesley, D. (2021). Empowerment Through Silence: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Boko Haram Survivor Narratives. 107th Annual National Communication Association (NCA) Conference. Convention Central Seattle, Washington.

Wesley, D. 2021). Silencing of Boko Haram Survivor Narratives. The International Conference on Gender Research. The University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Wesley, D. (2020). A Critical-Rhetorical Analysis of Michelle Obama’s Messages on the Abduction of the Nigerian Chibok Girls. The 106th Annual National Communication Association Conference, Virtual Convention.

Wesley, D. & Schwartzman, R. (2020). Feminizing resilience: Transcending toughness in testimonies of Jewish Holocaust survivors. The International Conference on Gender Research. University of Reading, U.K.

Wesley, D. (2020). Michelle Obama Embodies the Role of an African Feminist during the Abduction of the Nigerian Chibok Girls. The Graduate Research and Creativity Expo, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Wesley, D. (2019). Finding Expression in Contested Spaces: Talking about Race. The Free Speech Conference, Department of Communication Studies. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Wesley, D. (2019). Sustaining Student Learning by Embracing Diversity and Inclusion in the Basic Course. The Carolinas Communication Association (CCA) Conference. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Wesley, D. (2019). The Future of Graduate Education Coming and Going. The Graduate Education and Internationalization for the Global Engagement Summer Institute (GESI), The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Wesley, D. (2019). Graduate Judge at the Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo. The Social Sciences and Humanities. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Wesley, D. (2019). Moving Beyond Our Boundaries: Supporting Persuasive Speech Organization in the Classroom. The National Association of Communication Centers (NACC) Conference. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Wesley, D. (2018). Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Graduate Panelist at the University Teaching & Learning Commons (UTLC). The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Wesley, D. (2017). Discourse Markers: The Um and You Know Within Your Statement. Presentation at the Illinois Language and Linguistic Society (ILLS9) Graduate Conference. The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Invited Talks

Wesley, D. (2021). Keynote Speaker at the 2021 International Women’s Conference. The Women of Virtue Restoration, Burlington.

Wesley, D. (2020). Speaker at the Department of Communication Studies Graduation Ceremony. The University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Wesley, D. (2017). The Artistry of Local Conversation in a Global World. Presentation at the DAWG/TED Talks (Da Vinci Days). Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Wesley, D. (2017). Speaker at the Department of Communication Studies Graduation Ceremony. Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Wesley, D. (2016). The Demographic World of Immigrants. Presentation at the Speaker’s Forum, Department of Communication Studies. Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Projects

Researcher and Dispute System Designer. (2022). Dispute System Design Framework for The DEW Foundation: Preventing, Managing, and Transforming Conflict Among Board of Directors in Non-Profit Organizations.

Researcher and Designer. (2022). The Existing and Evolving Aspects of Mobilities in the Global South StoryMapping Project. Digital Humanities (DH). (here is the link to the project: https://arcg.is/0v8vfW1)

Researcher/Co-facilitator/Content Curator. (2021). Peer-to-Peer University (P2PU) Learning Circle Redesign Project. National Communication Association (NCA). (here is the link to the website: https://www.p2pu.org/en/)

Researcher and Event Moderator. (2019). National Communication Association (NCA) community engagement project on resilience and free speech for National Communication Center for Communication, Community Collaboration, & Change.

Course Curator. (2018). Comprehensive Teaching Portfolio for Undergraduate Course.

Event Organizer/Content Contributor/Analyst (2017-2018). Carbondale Main Street company projects (Brew Fest, Carbondale Classic, Brown Bag, Fourth Friday Fair, and Total Solar Eclipse 2017).

Content Curator. (2017). Rainbow Café Social Media Plan and Digital Portfolio.

Education

Ph.D. (in progress) Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media North Carolina State University

M.A. Communication Studies The University of North Carolina, Greensboro

BSc. Speech Communication Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (Summa cum laude)