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Rhetorical and Cultural Studies, PhD August 2014

B.A. Macalester College, M.A. University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Rhetorical Studies and Cultural Studies.  Freya has joined the Department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow. Freya Thimsen’s research and teaching interests include legal rhetoric, democracy, political theory, community rhetoric and popular culture.  She has published on these topics in Rhetoric Society Quarterly and The Velvet Light Trap.

Current Research:  My current research focuses on a new approach to the question of how and whether philosophy can contribute to democracy.  I orient my approach to this question in the context of oppositional/critical contemporary theories of democracy, the post-structural rhetorical tradition, and contemporary political cultures.  I am currently investigating the relationship between democratic theory and movement rhetoric specifically in terms of the jurisprudential history of “corporate personhood” and contemporary activism against corporate rights.

  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Democratic Theory
  • Political Activism and Culture
  • Legal Rhetoric