About the program
The Ph.D. Program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media prepares doctoral students to analyze the social, cultural, and political dimensions of information technologies, new communication media, and digital texts and to actively engage digital media through research, criticism, production, and practice.
Students work with program faculty from the departments of Communication and English and with affiliated faculty from departments across the university to study oral, written, visual, computational, and multimodal forms of communication and rhetoric and digital media; to examine the transformation of communication in the context of converging digital media and communication networks; and to address the theoretical challenges of innovative, interdisciplinary research.
Faculty guide students in this work by utilizing a broad range of social scientific and humanistic methods in which they specialize. The program offers comprehensive mentoring for professional development, diverse opportunities for teaching experience, and research assistantships associated with grant-funded faculty projects. CRDM faculty and students collaborate with colleagues in science and technology fields across the university and the Research Triangle. To date, the program has a 100% job-placement rate, and its graduates have competed successfully for tenure-track positions (both at research-intensive universities and at teaching-oriented liberal arts colleges) and for professional research jobs in the public and private sector, where there is a growing demand for the interdisciplinary skill sets developed in CRDM.
Social Networks & Social Media • Science, Technology, and Risk Communication • Interpersonal and Group Communication in a Network Society • Game Studies • Environmental Communication • Mobile Technologies and Culture • Emerging Digital Genres • Technology and Pedagogy • Visual Rhetoric • Visual Communication • Digital Humanities • Online Information Design • Digital Rhetoric • Public Relations • Organizational Communication • Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods in Digital Media Research • Digital Media Production • Cultural Studies
CRDM is . . .
- A vibrant intellectual community of award-winning faculty, students, and alumni
- A key node in an interdisciplinary network of faculty across the university
- An innovative, flexible curriculum of core seminars and electives
- An ongoing conversation drawing on intellectual perspectives from the social sciences, digital humanities, and critical/cultural studies
- A place to gain teaching and research experience
- A program where students and faculty produce innovative projects in digital media arts, gaming, and multimedia communication
- Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, within the Research Triangle — a constantly expanding cultural community and internationally recognized site of research and innovation
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The 2016 CRDM Symposium CFP is here! Please visit the symposium website for more information about the event and for its Call For Papers!
Congratulations, Dwiyatna Widinugraha, ABD! Please join us in congratulating Dwiyatna Widinugraha, known fondly among us as Gaha, in unconditionally passing his preliminary oral exam and defending his prospectus on December 8t. His committee is Jason Swartz, Andy Binder, James Kiwanuka-Tondo, and Melissa Johnson (chair).
Congratulations, Fernanda Duarte, PhD! Fernanda defended her dissertation on December 4th! Her dissertation is titled "openAnalogInput(): Hybrid spaces, Self-making and Power in the Internet of Things". The dissertation committee is composed by Dr. Adriana de Souza e Silva (chair), Steve Wiley, David Rieder and Jeremy Packer.
Congratulations, J.J Sylvia, ABD! J.J. Sylvia passed his preliminary exams on December 3rd! His dissertation is tentativey titled A Deleuzian Approach to Information and Big Data. J.J.'s committee is composed of N. Katherine Hayles (Duke), Andrew Johnston, Jeremy Packer, and Steve Wiley (chair).