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Cynthia Porter Rosenfeld

Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media

Biography

Cynthia Rosenfeld is a first year PhD student in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (CRDM) program at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on posthumanist, critical animal studies, exploring 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 the 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.

Publications

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

Craig, E. A., Nieforth, L., & Rosenfeld, C. P. (accepted). Communicating Hope and Resilience in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: Protective Factors for Adverse Childhood Experiences. Western Journal of Communication.

Rosenfeld, C. P. (revise and resubmit). Slithering Stories-We-Live-By: Animal Educators’ Construction and Enactment of Positive Narratives About Snakes. Society & Animals.

Rosenfeld, C. P. (under review). Oh! It’s Not Slimy: An Ethnographic Exploration of Human-Snake Encounters. Journal for Critical Animal Studies.

Presentations

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. (2019, October). Slithering Stories-We-Live-By: Animal Educators’ Construction and Enactment of Positive Narratives About Snakes. Paper to be presented at International Conference for Ecocriticism and Environmental Studies, London, UK.

Education

PhD Student      North Carolina State University
                    Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media

 2019      MS      North Carolina State University 
                     Department of Communication     
                     Thesis: Close Encounters of the Slithering Kind: An Ethnographic Study of Human-Snake Interaction

2013      MSW    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
                     School of Social Work       

2009     BA        University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
                          Department of Communication