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Max Michael Renner

Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media


Max Renner is a PhD candidate in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program at North Carolina State University. His research interests are all animated by a concern with the material and discursive experiences of space and place. He is currently completing his dissertation entitled Building Architects, Inventing Publics: Re-Mapping the Lifespan of Public Places, under the direction of Victoria J. Gallagher. His dissertation considers the lifespan of publics and places in relation to one another; specifically, attending to how public places come into being and how they live. His project thus addresses questions about the relationship between architectural design/inventional practices and rhetorical understandings of publics as well as questions about futurity as implicated in architecture and public life.



Renner, M., & Taylor, N. (In Press). Orienting Esports: Locating the Perceptual and Cultural Work of Shoutcasters. In Jin, D. Y. (Ed.), Global eSports: Transformation of Cultural Perceptions of Competitive Gaming. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Renner, M. (In Press). Public Interest Design. In Tham, J. (Ed.), Keywords & Concepts in Making + Design Thinking. Writing Across the Curriculum Clearinghouse.

Sigler, J. E., & Renner, M. (2018). Lex Cantandi, Lex Credendi: A Content Analysis of Organizational Identity-constructing Pronouns in Pre- and Post-Vatican II Catholic Hymns. Journal of Media and Religion, 17(1), 12-27.


  • B.A. in Women's Studies from Illinois Wesleyan University, 2014
  • M.A. in Cultural Communication from Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University, 2016
  • PhD in Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media from N.C. State, Degree anticipated 2020