Megan Fitzmaurice

Graduate Student
2130 Skinner Building
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Megan Irene Fitzmaurice is a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric and Political Culture. She earned her M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Georgia, and her B.A. in Communication Studies from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo. Her research on race, activism, and public memory has been published in the Southern Journal of Communication and Feminist Media Studies. Megan’s dissertation examines ways that black activist groups have worked to persuade communities to commemorate their local slave history. She was awarded two fellowships from the University of Maryland to fund the fieldwork and writing release time for this project. She has received an Outstanding Teaching Award, the James F. Harris Arts & Humanities Visionary Scholarship, and the Charles Richardson Award for the most outstanding Ph.D. student in communication. Megan has experience teaching Rhetoric of Black America, Media Studies, Women & Public Discourse, Rhetoric & Society, Argumentation & Debate, and Oral Communication. Beyond her academic commitments, Megan volunteers as the Education Coordinator for the non-profit organization Generation Hope, where she supports teen parents in Washington, D.C. pursuing their college degree.