Dakota E. Park-Ozee
Assistant Professor of Political Communication
What I doI am an Assistant Professor of Political Communication in the Department of Communication Studies.
political communication, news, Rhetoric, Inequality
- Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2022
- MS, Communication Studies, University of Utah, 2018
- BA, Technical Theatre, University of Alabama, 2015
- National Communication Association
- American Political Science Association
- Rhetoric Society of America
In an ongoing book project, I highlight a top versus bottom political tension that is rarely brought to the fore in a nation primarily concerned with left versus right. Booming class antagonisms of the last few years (e.g., Redditors attempting to take down a hedge fund) and the last decade (e.g., Occupy Wall Street and Senator Sanders’ presidential primary campaigns) highlight not just the role of money in politics but money in political identity. Wealth is the basis of an ongoing framing contest about who holds political power in the United States. What is said about money or wealth and those who do or do not have it can both create and disseminate frames about who and what matters in U.S. politics. Thus, I interrogate the ways elite, press, and everyday discourses frame the U.S. political hierarchy in terms of wealth and wealth-based identities.
These discursive political hierarchies exist for other identity and status groups overlapping with and beyond wealth and class. Much of my research examines elite and mediated representations of political actors from presidents to protestors and the ways their identities and unequal social standing interact with those representations. I also grapple with the same inequalities and contested identities but from the perspectives of everyday individuals.
Areas of Research
- Donald D. Harrington Graduate Fellow, University of Texas at Austin
- Clock Award Nomination, Services for Students with Disabilities, University of Texas at Austin