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Degan Loren


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Degan Loren joined the Department of Communication as a PhD student in 2017. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree with an emphasis in rhetoric. Her research interests primarily fall into the realm of political rhetoric as well as media studies, with a specified interest in anti-intellectual rhetoric. She is also interested in mix-method research and enjoys everything from Statistics to Autoethnography. She has presented her research annually at the International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry.
Degan completed her undergraduate work as well as her Master's Degree at The University of Memphis in the Sociology Department. This gives her a diverting lens allowing for interdisciplinary approaches to topics. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta the Sociology Honors Society as well as the American Sociological Society. Degan also works in the community in grant writing/management and spends a portion of her time doing work for Memphis based Nonprofits. She finds public involvement to be imperative and desires to go into a leadership position within the Nonprofit industry after graduation.


B.A. in Sociology (University of Memphis), M.A. in Sociology (University of Memphis)


The University of Memphis, Graduate Teaching Assistant (August 2017 – December 2017).
The University of Memphis, Graduate Research Assistant (January 2015 – December 2016).
Additional T.A. Work- Sociology of Marriage and Family, SOCI 3831, (Fall 2016); Sociology of Deviant Behavior, SOCI 3501, (Fall 2016).
Supplemental Instructor for SOCI 3311 Social Statistics (Fall 2014).
Online Course Design and Implementation- Social Inequality, SOCI 3401-M50 (Fall 2015).
Tutoring Work- University of Memphis' Educational Support Program.
Tutor in the Mitchell Hall Center- Social Statistics, Sociology, History, Political Science, Philosophy, German, Writing Skills, and Testing Skills (February 2013 – December 2014).

Honors and Awards

Jerry Michel Outstanding Senior in Sociology award (2014).
Department of Sociology Travel Grant, University of Memphis. (Spring 2016).
University of Memphis, Dean's Academic Performance Scholarship (2011-2014).


Political Rhetoric, Persuasive Rhetoric, Autoethnographic Exploration


"God Smites You!": Atheists' Experiences of Stigma, Identity Politics, and Queerness." With Carol Rambo. Under submission at Deviant Behavior.
W.I.P. "We Don't Eat Babies": Atheists' Individual And Collective Resistance To Stigma.
W.I.P. "Increasing Support for the Civil Liberties of Atheists in the United States: Product of Changing Demographics?" With Jeni Loftus.
W.I.P. "Self-injury as Edgework." With Brittany Presson and Carol Rambo.