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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dr. Emily Sauter

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Emily SauterInstructor

307A Armstrong Hall
(507) 389-6411

[PDF] Curriculum Vita (428 KiB)


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016
M.A. Colorado State University, 2011
B.A. University of St. Thomas, 2008

Expertise and Activities

As human beings one of the first questions we ask ourselves is “who am I?” It is a question that stays with us throughout our lives, but as we grow older frequently intersects with the question of “who are we?” As the world enters a time of unprecedented global communication, crumbling borders, and trans-national conglomerates, the question of national identity has become a critical one. Nations like Syria and Egypt are in the midst of crisis over exactly this question—who are we? Who gets to count as part of this “we?” What do we believe in, what do we value, how do we make decisions—ultimately, what does it mean to be “us?” In conversation with the fields of transnational/Globalization studies, history, and political communication, in my dissertation I work to create a contemporary historicizing of South African national identity, one that examines how cultural and historical resources are configured and deployed for nation-building purposes by the State. While traditional rhetorical work has assumed a boundedness to constructions of national identity, my project seeks to understand the transnational constitutiveness of national identity, that is, I hope to understand the ways in which a nation’s sense of itself is shaped by the friction of discourses both within and outside of the nation-state.


  • Top Paper Award, Rocky Mountain Communication Association Convention , 2011
  • Luann Dummer Award for Excellent in Communication Studies, University of St. Thomas , 2008
  • Top Paper Award at the University of St. Thomas Undergraduate Research Conference , University of St. Thomas, 2008
  • Young Scholars Summer Research Grant Recipient , University of St. Thomas, 2007
  • Top Student Paper, National Communication Association, 2013


2009. "Preparing for Group Problem-Solving." Communication in Small Groups: Theory, Process, Skills, 5th Ed., John F. Cragan and David W. Wright Boston, MA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 126.


Antenna. 2012. "That's Debatable: Truth and Values in the Vice-Presidential Debate. Blog Entry. University of Wisconsin-Madison Communication Arts Department: UW-Madison Culture and Communication Blog .
Rhetorically Speaking. 2013. An alternate view on “The Top 5 Mistakes Women Make in Academic Settings”. Blog Entry. University of Wisconsin-Madison Communication Arts Department: UW-Madison Culture and Communication Blog .