Amanda Nell Edgar is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Memphis. Dr. Edgar’s research explores the entanglement of sound and identity in popular culture. She is the co-author of The Struggle Over Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter (Lexington, 2018) and the forthcoming Culturally Speaking: The Rhetoric of Voice and Identity in a Mediated Culture (The Ohio State University Press, fall 2019), which is an inaugural monograph in Karma Ch├ívez's "Intersectional Rhetorics" Series. In addition, her work has appeared in Quarterly Journal of Speech, Women’s Studies in Communication, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and other journals, and has been featured on the National Communication Association’s Communication Currents.

Dr. Edgar is interested in mentoring MA- and PhD-level graduate students whose interests lie in critical identity studies and popular culture, and she has also worked occasionally with undergraduates in their early research endeavors. Dr. Edgar is currently accepting MA- and PhD-level graduate students for the 2020-2021 cohort. Prospective graduate students interested in working with Dr. Edgar are encouraged to contact her directly to discuss a potential mentoring relationship. More information on the University of Memphis graduate program in Communication Studies can be found here.


Undergraduate students interested in a research internship with Dr. Edgar are invited to apply through the Helen Hardin Honors College. Please contact Dr. Edgar directly for more information.

Email Amanda at anedgar@memphis.edu

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