Jonathan Foland (

B.A., Communication, University of Kentucky, Summa Cum Laude

B.A., English, University of Kentucky, Summa Cum Laude

Minor in Philosophy

M.A., Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Jonathan Foland is interested in rhetorical criticism, historiography, and feminist theory, and has completed a graduate minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Their dissertation will examine discourses by and about first ladies, focusing on the Ford, Clinton, and Obama administrations. These discourses contribute to gendered popular, political, and cultural expectations for the first ladyship and presidency. Crucially, they normalize notions of citizenship, public life, and national belonging within the contemporary United States.


♦♦♦recipient of the 2016 Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants♦♦♦