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


Academic Publications

Arnold-Patti, A. 2023. “Still Mothering: Reflections on Life, Death, and Love through the Eyes of Bereaved Mothers.” in Performing Maternities. Aughterson, K., Ed. (Brighton, Intellect). 

Arnold-Patti, A. 2023. “The Africana Womanist Rhetoric of Frances Ellen Watkins-Harper.” Journal for the History of Rhetoric (26), 1, 35-58.   

Arnold-Patti, A., 2021. “The Jangling Discords of Lynching Memorialization in Jackson, Tennessee: Dreaming the Rhetoric of the South.” Southern Journal of Communication (87), 2, 1-11. DOI: 10.1080/1041794X.2022.2036226. Awarded the 2023 Rose B. Johnson SCJ Article of the Year Award by the Southern States Communication Association.  

Patti, C. & Arnold, A., 2021. “Love in a Time of Chaos: A Philosophy of Human Relations.” Journal of Autoethnography (2), 2, 261-267. 

Davis, C., Arnold, A. Mackie, C., Jovanovic, S., 2021. “Narrative Inheritance: Reflections on Montgomery’s Memorial for Peace and Justice.” Journal of Autoethnography (2), 1, 91-97. 

Arnold, A. 2020 "Birthing Autoethnographic Philanthropy, Healing, and Organizational Change" in The Routledge International Handbook of Organizational Autoethnography. Herrmann, A., Ed. (New York, Routledge). Awarded Best Book Chapter of 2021 by the National Communication Association Ethnography Division 


Creative Publications

“You are Doing it Right.” Still Standing Magazine. 5 December 2013.  

“A Legacy for Davis.” Stillborn and Still Breathing. October 2013. 

 “Finding Davis.” Still Standing Magazine. 7 October 2013