Olivia Warfield

MA Graduate Student

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Olivia Warfield is a Memphis native who graduated magna cum laude from Rhodes College is 2015 with a BA in International Business and a minor focus in International Relations. Upon graduating, she quickly gained experience working in both corporate and nonprofit environments. After working in nonprofit administration at local theatre and education organization Tennessee Shakespeare Company, she decided to revisit education, crossing a bridge from her original business-based background toward the humanities. Olivia's research interests include the interplay of rhetoric, media studies, and philosophy. Her thesis, entitled "Our Kind of Communication": Rhetorical Discoveries of a Resonant Communicative Philosophy on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" explores Fred Rogers's rhetorical choices and their present-day significance through philosophical and sociological discussions inspired by Hartmut Rosa's resonance theory in conversation with Jan Zwicky's The Experience of Meaning and Lyric Philosophy. In her spare time, Olivia loves to travel, go hiking or rock climbing, and nearly anything else that can be enjoyed in the sunlight.


Rhodes College, BA International Business


Graduate Research Assistant - 2018-2019

Honors and Awards

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society


Currently teaching elementary and intermediate ESL (English as a Second Language) classes twice weekly through Chinese educational company, VIPKID. These are extracurricular, supplementary English lessons for children in China.
Graduate Instructor - 2019-2020 - COMM 2381