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"Disrupting Modernity's Pretenses: A Critical Evaluation of the Formation, Maintenance, and Stability of Personal Identity." National Communication Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 21-24, 2002.
"Witch Hunt on the Web: A Critical Analysis of the U.S. Government's Attempt to Regulate Speech on the Web." Rhetoric and Democracy Conference, Hartford, CT, June 22-24, 2001.
"Charting Ambiguity: Kenneth Burke's Response to Derrida." Eastern Communication Association Annual Meeting, Portland, ME, April 26-29, 2001.
McClure, K. & Cabral, K. (2009) Clarifying Ambiguity and the Undecidable: A Comparison in Burkean and Derridian Thought. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 10, 72-80.
Kristine is a graduate of the Communication Studies graduate program here at URI. Among her achievements at the University, Kristine received the Department Excellence Award, Doody Scholarship, Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Graduate Student Teaching Award, authored three scholarly papers accepted to regional and national conference, and collaborated with colleague, Kevin McClure, on her first scholarly publication.
Her research interests lie in the area of postmodern thought, the rhetoric of pop culture, and gender construction. She has authored papers on the social construction of personal identity, the ambiguity of language, the rhetoric of Stokley Carmichael, and Burke's Dramatism.
Her desire to study and teach in the area of communication was inspired by the realization that the study of communication is the study of our meaning-making process. The symbol system we call language is the tool we use to communicate; and through communication, we define, comprehend, manipulate, critique, complicate, limit, and often times, confuse the human condition. Ultimately, it is the tool we use (and, paradoxically, that uses us) to form identity and structure human reality. If we desire to better understand ourselves and each other we must begin with the study of language.
Harrington School of Communication and Media Lecturer, Dr. Samara Anarbaeva, presents her paper exploring the construction of Second Life avatar's identity in terms of race, gender, and fashion.
Dr. McClure received the 2010 NCA Outstanding Article Award for "Kenneth Burke's Dramatic Form Criticism," coauthored with F. D. Anderson and A. King, in Rhetorical Criticism, edited by J. A. Kuypers.