PHD GRADUATE STUDENT, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
Brandon Chase Goldsmith is a PhD candidate whose research focuses on the rhetoric of contemporary United States' citizenship and the performance of America's form of democracy. He has made 13 national, regional, and/or local conference presentations and performances based on his studies. Goldsmith's solo show "A 12 Step Program for Recovering White Caucasians" was a Top Performance at the 2012 Southern States Communication Association Conference. As part of his engaged scholarship, Goldsmith has transposed his work for popular mediums such as newspaper editorials and opinion letters, and has even discussed his findings as a guest on local political radio shows. His dissertation topic, Contemporary American Citizenship: A Genre Study of Citizen (ship)/Civic Engagement Centers, combines his interests in deliberative dialogues, civic participation and political performance. Goldsmith's goals are to merge his theoretical scholarship with practical applications that encourage partnerships between higher education institutions and the communities they serve. Most recently he is a recipient of the University of Memphis' Presidential Tuition Service Scholarship and is acting as the College of Communication and Fine Arts' representative on the Engaged Scholarship Committee.