Stephanie Kelley-Romano

kelley-romano

Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies, Chair
Pettigrew Hall, Room 308
207-786-6191
skelley@bates.edu

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. – Communication Studies, May 1999, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Dissertation: The Myth of Communion: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Narratives of Alien Abductees

M.A. – Political Communication, 1994, Emerson College, Boston, MA

Areas of Emphasis: Rhetorical Theory and Practice; Political Communication

B.S. – Communication Studies, 1993, Emerson College, Boston, MA

Graduated with honors: Cum Laude

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Greer, Meredith L. & Kelley-Romano, S. (2018). “Engaging Crisis: Immersive, Interdisciplinary Learning in Mathematics and Rhetoric.” Journal of Humanistic Mathematics [in submission]

Kelley-Romano, S. & Carew, K. L. (2018). Make America Hate Again: Donald Trump and the Birther Conspiracy. [Special Issue “Interrogating the Place of Hate in the 2016 Presidential Campaign”]. Journal of Hate Studies Volume 14.

Kelley-Romano, S. (2017). “Biopower in Space: Technology, Reproduction, and the Alien Agenda.” Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society Volume 6.

Kelley-Romano, S. (2008). “Trust No One: The Conspiracy Genre on American Television.” Southern Communication Journal 73, 2, p.105-121.

Kelley-Romano, S. & *Westgate, V. (2007).  “Blaming Bush: A Functional Analysis of Political Cartoons.” Journalism Studies, Vol. 8 Issue 5, p755-773.

Kelley-Romano, S.  (2007).  “Alien Abductions as Mythmaking.”  Extreme Deviance, Edited by Erich Goode and Angus Vail.  Pine Forge Press.

Kelley-Romano, S.  (2007).  “Makin’ Whoopi: Race, Gender, and The Starship Enterprise.”  (Chapter 9) Siths, Slayers, Stargates, and Cyborgs: Modern Mythology in the New Millenium. Edited by David Whitt and John Perlich.  Published by Peter Lang.

Kelley-Romano, S. & *Westgate, V.  (2006).  “ Drawing Disaster: The Crisis Cartoons of Hurricane Katrina.”  Texas Speech Communication Journal.  Volume 31 Issue 1.

Kelley-Romano, S.  (2006).  “’The Modern Mythmaking of Alien Abductions.”  Communication Quarterly.  Vol. 54 Issue 3, p383-406.

Kelley-Romano, S.  (2006).  “A Report on the Demographics of Alien Abductees/Experiencers.”  Journal of UFO Studies.  Volume 9.

Kelley-Romano, S. and Mary Hoffman.  (2005).  “It’s an SEC Thing: Trying Martha in the Public Sphere.”  Critical Problems in Argumentation.  Ed. By Charles A. Willard.  p763-778.

*Bates Student

Book Reviews

Kelley-Romano, S.  (Spring 2005). “Recovering a Public Vision for Public Television.”  Southern Communication Journal. Vol. 70 Issue 3, p 270-270.

Book Chapters

Kelley-Romano, S.  (2007). “Alien Abductions as Mythmaking.”  Extreme Deviance, Edited by Erich Goode and Angus Vail.  Pine Forge Press.

Kelley-Romano, S.  (2007). “Makin’ Whoopi: Race, Gender, and The Starship Enterprise.”  (Chapter 9). Siths, Slayers, Stargates, and Cyborgs: Modern Mythology in the New Millennium. Edited by David Whitt and John Perlich.  Published by Peter Lang.

Kelley, S.  (1998). “Speech Presentation: Asking and Answering Questions.”  in G.J. Shepherd, S. Kelley, and M. Hoffman (Eds.). Speaker-Audience Communication Handbook.  Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt.

Kelley, S.  (1998). “Giving Feedback: Critiquing Your Peers.”  in G.J. Shepherd, S. Kelley, and M. Hoffman (Eds.).  Speaker-Audience Communication Handbook.  Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt.

Textbooks

Shepherd, G.J., Kelley, S., and Hoffman, M.  (1998). Speaker-Audience Communication Handbook.  Dubuque, Iowa:  Kendall/Hunt.

PRESENTATIONS

Professional Presentations

Kelley-Romano, S. (November 2014). ”The (Bio)power of Myth: Reproduction, Technology, and the Alien Agenda.”  Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division. National Communication Association Convention. Chicago, IL.

Kelley-Romano, S. (April 2014). “Symbolic Ritualization of Reproduction: Reproductive Anxieties in Alien Abduction Narratives.” Women’s Ritual Competence in the Ancient Mediterranean. Bates College, Lewiston, ME.

Kelley-Romano, S. (November 2011). “Sacrificial Sookie: A Feminist Analysis of HBO’s True Blood.” Mass Communication Division. National Communication Association Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

Kelley-Romano, S. (November 2011).  “Personal Matters, Public Voicings.” Paper Respondent. Argumentation and Forensics Division. National Communication Association Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

Kelley-Romano, S. (November 2010). “From the ‘Cult of True Womanhood’ to Enfranchisement: Bridge Building in Feminist Rhetoric.”  A Scholar to Scholar Roundtable.  National Communication Association Meeting.  Feminist and Women Studies Division.  San Francisco, CA.

Kelley-Romano. S. (November 2010).  “Bridges to Beyond: Gender and Alien Abduction Narratives.”  Individual Paper Submission: Feminist Perspectives and Social Movements.  National Communication Association Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

Kelley-Romano, S. (April 2009).  “Top Papers in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism.” As Chair of the Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Division, responded to Top Papers.  Central States Speech Communication Association.  St. Louis, MO.

Kelley-Romano, S. (April 2009).  “At the Heart of the Game: Fans, Athletes, and Identification as a Rhetorical Process.”  Panel Respondent.  Central States Speech Communication Association.  St. Louis, MO.

Great Falls Forum (November 2008). “Election ’08: Lessons Learned – Sarah Palin Case Study.” Lewiston Public Library, Lewiston, ME.

Kelley-Romano, S. (April 2007).  “The Activism of Mythic Studies and Rhetorical Criticism: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going” Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Division of Central States Speech Communication. Madison, WI.

Kelley-Romano, S.  (April 2006). “Abducted by Aliens: Modern Myths and Narratives.”  Chair of Student Panel sponsored by the Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Division.

Kelley-Romano, S.  (April 2006). “The Evolution of Apologia: An Examination of the Theory’s Modern Application.”  Panel Respondent sponsored by the Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Division.

Kelley-Romano, S.  (April 2006). “Teaching Rhetorical Criticism in the 21st Century.”  Roundtable discussion sponsored by the Instructional Resources Division.

Kelley-Romano, S.  (April 2005). “Rhetoric and Terrorism: Understanding the Rhetorical Underpinnings of Terrorism and Developing a Democratic Response.” Panel Member at the Central States Speech Communication Association 2005 Convention, Kansas City, Kansas.  

Kelley-Romano, S.  (April 2005). “Putting Argumentation to Work: Exploring Applications of Argumentation Theories Into Organizations” Respondent at the Central States Speech Communication Association 2005 Convention, Kansas City, Kansas.

Hoffman, M. & Kelley-Romano, S.  (April 2005). “Martha Says, ‘I’m Sorry’: Image Restoration Discourse and the Domestic Diva.”  Paper presented at the Central States Speech Communication Association 2005 Convention, Kansas City, Kansas.

Kelley-Romano, S.  (November 2003). “The Search for Communion: A Mythic Analysis of the Narratives of Alien Abductees.”  Paper presented at the National Communication Association 2003 Convention, Miami, Florida.

Kelley-Romano, S. and Mary Hoffman.  (August 2003). “It’s an SEC Thing: Trying Martha in the Public Sphere.”  Paper presented at the 13th annual Alta Conference on Argumentation, Utah.  

Kelley-Romano, S. and Tammy R. Vigil. (November 2002).  “The Death of Comedy has been Greatly Exaggerated: Using Comedy to Transcend the Tragedy of 9-11.”  Paper presented to the Kenneth Burke Division of the National Communication Association 2002 Convention, New Orleans.

Kelley-Romano, S.  (April 2001). “Trust No One: Conspiracy on American Television.”  Paper presented at 92nd Annual Eastern Communication Association Meeting, Mass Communication Division, Portland, Maine.

Kelley-Romano, S.  (April 2001). “Presidential Politics in the New Millennium.”  Student panel organizer (and chair). Rhetoric and Public Address Interest Group.  Eastern Communication Association, Portland, Maine.

Kelley-Romano, S.  (November 2000). “Contemporary Social Movements and the Internet: Questions of Scholarship, Advocacy, and Engagement.”  Panelist on roundtable discussion sponsored by Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division. National Communication Association 2000 Convention, Seattle.

Kelley-Romano, S.  (November 2000). “Considering the Needs of the Few: Engaging Academia as a Department of One or Two.”  Panelist on roundtable discussion sponsored by Association for Communication Administration. National Communication Association 2000 Convention, Seattle.

Kelley-Romano, S.  (November 2000). “Issues in Public Sphere Studies: A Roundtable Discussion.”  Panelist on roundtable discussion sponsored by Argumentation and Forensics Division.  National Communication Association 2000 Convention, Seattle.

Kelley-Romano, S.  (May, 2000). “Alien Whoopi: Star Trek and the Goldberg Generation.”  Paper presented at the Bates College Symposium Makin’ Whoopi.

Kelley-Romano, S.  (April, 2000). Chair and Organizer for student panel entitled: “Exploring Form: Goals, Constraints, and Strategies.”  Panel at the Eastern Communication Association Conference, Rhetorical Theory and Practice Division. Pittsburg.

Kelley-Romano, S.  (April, 2000). “The Movement of Eco-Terrorists: The Confrontational and Coactive Rhetorical Styles of Earth First!”  Paper presented at the Popular Culture Association Conference, New Orleans.

Kelley-Romano, S.  (April, 2000). “TV and ET: The Role of Television in the Identity formation of Alien Abductees.”  Paper presented at the Central States Speech Convention, Detroit.

Kelley, S.  (November, 1999).  “The Myth of Communion.”  Paper presented at the 8th annual International Conference on Narrative.  Lexington, KY.

Kelley, S.  (November, 1999).  “Movements and Spheres: Challenging Us to Theorize Outside the Lines.” Participant in pre-conference seminar.  National Communication Association Convention, Chicago.

Kelley, S.  (1999). “Disciplining Dana: The X-Files’ Scully as Pseudo-Feminist.”  Paper presented at the Central States Convention in St. Louis.

Kelley, S.  (1998). “Setting the Standards for a New Century: Powerful Women, Powerful Politics.”  Panel presented at the National Communication Association Convention.

Kelley, S.  (1998). “Communication Skills.”  Panel Discussion at Midwest Basic Course Directors Conference.

Kelley, S.  (1996). “Teaching the Basic Course.”  Round table Discussion Panel Member at Central States Speech Convention.

Kelley, S.  (1996). “The Visual Representation of Rights of Passage: Tattooing, Body Piercing, and Plastic Surgery.”  Paper presented at National Convention of the Speech Communication Association.

Invited Talks

February 2018
**“
News Consumers get Tips on Discerning Fake News”  

August 2017
**Making Myth: Alien Abduction Narratives and the Cosmic Struggle for Meaning

  • Master Class @ Bates College

June 2017
**“50th Reunion Seminar: The Rhetoric of our Current Political Climate” 

  • Panel discussion about the first six months of the Trump administration

March 2017
Lewiston YWCA. “T.A.L.K.: Treating All Listeners Kindly” Series. 

  • “How to Listen After the Election.”

Winter 2017
“Alien Abduction: Gathering ‘Real’ Data” 

  • Guest Lecture in Methods and Modes, Hollins University
  • Taught by Lori Joseph

November 2016
Great Falls Forum. Recap of the 2016 Presidential Election. 

  • Students from Presidential Campaign Rhetoric led a discussion and took questions.

Fall 2016
“Ripped from the Headlines: Teaching about Current Issues”

  • Back to Bates: Faculty Symposium:

May 2015
“Creating the Presidency: Political Campaigns, The Media, and Experiential Learning” 

  • 50th Reunion Talk Describing the Redesign of Presidential Campaign Rhetoric

May 2015
“Experiential Learning and Participatory Exams: Solving a Conspiracy”

  • Lecture in “Puzzles and Prototypes” – graduate seminar at Champlain College
  • Taught by Kevin Murakami

November 2012
L/A Film Forum.  “Question 1: The Battle for Same-Sex Marriage.” 

  • Lewiston Public Library, Lewiston, ME.

November 2008
Great Falls Forum. “Election ’08: Lessons Learned – Sarah Palin Case Study.” 

  • Lewiston Public Library, Lewiston, ME.

COURSES TAUGHT

What is Rhetoric?  (Bates College: RFSS100)  Introductory level rhetoric class.   Large lecture class which introduces students to the fundamental readings in rhetorical theory from Aristotle through contemporary scholars such as Foucault, Gates, and Burke.

Rhetorical Criticism (Bates College: Rhetoric 257)  Application of rhetorical theories to a variety of rhetorical artifacts in order to understand the unique insights afforded by rhetorical studies.  Students write, discuss and present papers in which they apply and analyze different rhetorical perspectives.

Television Criticism (Bates College: RFSS276)  Examines the representational strategies employed by television to convey social messages.  The goals of the course are twofold: first, to acquaint students with basic theoretical premises of rhetorical approaches to television; and second to provide students an opportunity for critical and original research.

The Rhetoric of Women (Bates College: FYS262). This first year seminar introduces students to rhetorical approaches to historical and popular texts by, about, and critiqued by women.  The course focuses on both those discourses created by women, and the way women’s texts are then interpreted by the mass media.  Texts will be drawn from the suffrage movement, celebrity magazines, television, newspapers, and academic/critical writing.

Presidential Campaign Rhetoric (Bates College: RFSS391B)  In this course students explore the wide array of discourse surrounding Presidential Campaigns.  Texts include political speeches, political advertisements, debates and news reporting on the campaign.  Special attention is paid to newspaper and television coverage of candidates and the development of image. A major component of this course is a mock campaign in which all students participate.

Television Criticism: Prime-Time Women (Bates College: Rhetoric s30)  Short course in which students examine television programs to understand how they negotiate social issues.  Older programs are examined to reveal how women’s roles were articulated and represented to the American public.  Themes are then examined in contemporary programming to assess the condition of “prime-time women.”

Conspiracy Rhetoric (Bates College: Rhetoric s32)  Short course that explores the types and functions of conspiracy discourse in pop-culture, politics, and American culture.

MEDIA APPEARANCES

October 2018
**”’Wicked Interesting’ 2nd District Debate for Bates Rhetoric Professor”   

November 10, 2017
**“Bates Professor Studies Alien Abductees, asks, ‘What’s Up?’”

  • by Kathryn Skelton Lewiston Sun Journal, Lewiston ME

November 2017
**“Bates Professor Knows a Thing or Two About Alien Abduction.” 

  • Associated Press/ US News and World Report

November 2017
**“Bates College Professor Very Familiar with Alien Abduction Stories.” 

  • Portland Press Herald, Portland ME

October 2017
**Interviewed for “Abducted New England” Documentary by Bill Brock 

June 2017
**Interview @ Wired.com by Emily Dreyfuss

June 2017
**”The Psychology of a Conspiracy Believer”

  • by Scott Blair @ESV Times

November 2016
Bates Students Talk about their Exploration of Presidential elections.” November 2016

  • by Steve Collins Lewiston Sun Journal, Lewiston ME

November 2016
Slideshow: Presidential Politics vs (not real) Smallpox Crisis Hour by Hour.
 

  • Bates Web Page by Jay Burns

October 2016
At Bates College Students Feel the Heat of Presidential Campaign.” October 2016

November 25, 2015
Featured in: “Chasing Bigfoot: A Former TDP Staff Writer Recalls Local Lore and Tales of Sightings.”

  • by Eddie Glenn. Tatahlequah Daily Press, Tatahlequah OK November 25, 2015

January 2015
Crazy Beliefs…Toward a Cognitive Psychology of Conspiracy Ideation” 

  • by Bost, Preston R. Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

May 2008
Interview in Bates Magazine

  • “Ask Me Another: There’s Nothing Alien about ET Abduction”

July 2, 2006
Interview about Abduction Research

  • “Alien Abductions: Bates College Professor…”
  • Lewiston Sun Journal

January 8, 2006
New York Times 

  • “Pop Ph.D.’s: How TV Ate Academics”

December 2004
Commentary on Television Effects on Children

  • Channel 6 News

June 2004
Commentary on Conspiracy Rhetoric in Documentary for Sky One Media 

  • Produced by Mentorn for Sky One Media
  • Broadcast in England and Europe

May 2004
Interview/Commentary on Conspiracy Rhetoric

  • “Welcome to the Conspiracy” by Rich Cohen
  • Vanity Fair, pp. 138-154.

August 2001
Commentary on Unidentified Lights seen over Lewiston, ME 

  • “Mystery Around Noise, Lights Continues” by M. LaFlamme
  • Lewiston Sun Journal

November 2000
Commentary on Presidential Debate Strategies November 2000

  • WMJX – Local Portland, ME. Televised News Station

1999
Featured in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Extraterrestrial Intelligence

  • Short profile and contact information regarding research

November 1997
Featured in Kansas Alumni Magazine

  • “Out of this World: Graduate Student says Claims of Alien Abductions show Decay at an Early Level.”

October 1997
Commentary on Alien Abductions

  • The National College U. Magazine.  Insert in Sunday Newspaper.
  • www.umagazine.com