Patrick Sawyer, Ph.D.

Patrick Sawyer, Ph.D.

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  • Ph.D. Educational Studies and Cultural Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • M.A. Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • B.A. Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Scholarly Interests:

Higher Education, Critical Pedagogy, Cultural Studies, White Power Critique and Challenge, Critical Analysis of Film and TV, Public Relations, Workplace Democracy

Primary Courses Taught:

  • CST 105 Introduction to Communication Studies
  • CST 207 Relational Communication
  • CST 341 Communication and Workplace Relationships
  • CST 342 Communication and Public Relations

Selected Research:

Sawyer, P. (2019). Higher Education and neoliberalism: Co-optation, resistance, and the contested space of our colleges and universities. Paper presented at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS) Conference 2019. McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada.

Cruz, G. & Sawyer, P. (2019). A safe space for the white race: An interrogation of white nationalist propaganda on college campuses. Paper presented at the Free Speech Conference: Finding Expression in Contested Public Spaces 2019. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC.

Sawyer, P. (2017). Adamantium immigrants: Close readings of Marvel’s film, Logan: Immigration, identity, and the valorization of white positionality. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association (NCA) Conference 2017: Our Legacy, Our Relevance, Critical Cultural Division, Dallas, TX.

Sawyer, P. (2016). The nexus of intellectual emancipation and politics and the implications for teaching and schooling: A consideration of two important works of Jacques Ranciere. South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society Annual Publication: Experiencing School, 1(7), 99-113.

Sawyer, P. & Hollingsworth, S.E. (2016). The inherited foundations of Fear the Walking Dead: The continuing themes of the zombie narrative. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) Conference 2016: Foundation, Grand Rapids, MI.

Sawyer, P. (2014). What is education for? One hope, four goals. South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society Annual Publication: Revitalizing Education, 1(3), 27-40.