Abby Arnold

PhD Student

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Abby Arnold-Patti is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication and Film at the University of Memphis and teaches at Appalachian State University. She uses ethnography and critical rhetoric to study the intersection of identity. history, and place. Her past research includes instructional communication, organizational communication, and health communication. She was recently awarded the Outstanding PhD Research Award by the University of Memphis College of Arts & Sciences (2022), the Ethnographic Book Chapter of the Year Award by the National Communication Association (2021), and the Top Ethnography Paper by the Southern States Communication Association (2021). She serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Autoethnography and in the ethnography division of the Southern States Communication Association and the National Communication Association.


Ph.D., Communication, University of Memphis (in progress)
M.A., Communication, University of South Florida
B.S., Communication, Middle Tennessee State University