Kelley-Romano, Stephanie


Stephanie Kelley-Romano


Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies

Associate Professor

Pettigrew Hall, Room 308

Prof. Kelley-Romano teaches Rhetorical Theory and Criticism.



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


Associate Professor and Chair, Department of  Rhetoric (2007 – present)

Bates College, Lewiston, ME

Assistant Professor, Department of Rhetoric (1999 – 2007)

Bates College, Lewiston, ME

Lewiston High School Speech Coach (1999 – 2001)

Lewiston High School, Lewiston, ME

Teaching Assistant, Department of Communication Studies (1995 – 1999)

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Assistant Basic Course Director, Department of Communication Studies (1996 – 1998)

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Adjunct Instructor, Continuing Education Division (Summer 1995)

Emerson College, Boston, MA

Teaching Assistant, Department of Communication Studies (1994 – 1995)

Emerson College, Boston, MA


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.


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.


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.