Cassandra Hightower

Teaching Assistant
 Johnston Hall 334


PhD, Communication, program in Rhetoric and Public Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (expected May 2026)                                                                                                                MA, Communication Studies, Northern Illinois University (2021)                                                            BA, Communication Studies with Minor in Journalism, Northern Illinois University (2019)              AA, Kishwaukee College (2015)

Teaching Experience

Graduate Teaching Assistant – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Fall 2022-Present)                    COM 105 – Business and Professional Communication

Graduate Teaching Assistant – Northern Illinois University (Fall 2019-Spring 2021)                    COM 100 – Fundamentals of Oral Communication

Research Interests

My research focuses on how rhetoric influences and motivates political thought and identity in America. Specific areas of interest include political communication, presidential rhetoric, feminist studies, digital politics, and propaganda/disinformation.

Selected Service

Graduate Student Member, Rhetoric Society of America, UW-Milwaukee Graduate Student Chapter                                                                                                                                                             Vice President of Communication, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, UW-Milwaukee Chapter