Samentha Sepulveda

Teaching Assistant
 Johnston Hall 324


PhD, Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Expected 2021)                                    MA, Communication, Media and Theater, Northeastern Illinois University, 2017
BA, Communication, Media and Theater, Northeastern Illinois University, 2015

Focus of Graduate Studies

I focus on the analysis of human animal-animal communication (internatural communication). I utilize several methodologies to challenge issues of species inequality and oppression.

Research Interests

My proclivity is toward scholarly work that aims to disclose the role of communication as an influential tool. Specifically, I am interested in analyzing how communication practices are used to validate the exploitation of animals. I explore the representation of the systematic and institutionalized oppression of animals in communication texts and interactions. It is my long-term goal to conduct research that alters social norms and values by recognizing species inequality in our mediated culture, and the use of communication as a persuasive tool used to maintain this form of inequality.

Courses Taught

Communication 464 – Theory and Application of Persuasion

Communication 300 – Interviewers and Interviewing                                                                            Communication 105 – Business and Professional Communication

Professional Experience

Graduate Assistant, Northeastern Illinois University                                                                                    Summer Transition Program Assistant, Northeastern Illinois University