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Thomas R. Dunn receives National Communication Association’s debut publication award

Thomas Dunn

Athens, Ga. — Thomas R. Dunn, a faculty member in the University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of communication studies, has been chosen to receive the 2011 Stephen E. Lucas Debut Publication Award from the National Communication Association. Dunn will be presented the award at the NCA annual convention in New Orleans in November.

NCA is the largest communication association in the U.S. The Stephen E. Lucas Debut Publication Award seeks to encourage and reward new scholars in the communication discipline who have published their first scholarly book or monograph. Dunn was recognized for his essay “Remembering Matthew Shepard: Violence, Identity, and Queer Counterpublic Memories” (Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 2010).

A lecturer in rhetorical studies, Dunn received his doctoral degree from the University of Pittsburgh earlier this year. He also holds a graduate certificate in women, gender and sexuality studies. His research interests include politics, queer culture, visual rhetoric and rhetorics of public memory. Along with Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Dunn will soon be published in the Quarterly Journal of Speech.

As a non-profit organization, NCA advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA has more than 8,000 educators, practitioners and students who work and reside in every state in the U.S. and more than 20 countries.

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