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Renee Powers

I am a first year PhD student in the Department of Communication and an ESP-IGERT associate. I received my MA from Northern Illinois University in Communication Studies and my BA from Saint Mary's College (IN) in Communication Studies and Women's Studies. I am on the executive board for 20 Something Bloggers, a network of nearly 20,000 personal bloggers worldwide.

Research Interests

My research focuses primarily on women's spaces online, especially in the blogosphere and social networking sites. Furthermore, I am interested in the implications of privacy and security policies on democratic practices online, particularly political organizing, demonstrations, and protests.


Kathryn A. Cady, Robert Alan Brookey, and Renee M. Powers. (2011). Seeing Dixie: Exposing patriarchy in an Internet meme. Women and Language.

Renee M. Powers. (2011, March). “’When a volcano meets a tornado’: Eminem, Rihanna, and the cycle of domestic violence.” Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Graduate Student Research Conference, DeKalb, IL.
Robert Alan Brookey and Renee M. Powers. (2012, January). “Fear of a queer gamer: The erasure of sexuality in the girls’ games movement.” Paper presented at the 2012 Hawaii International Conference on Humanities, Honolulu, HI.

Renee M. Powers (2012, March). “’Gay marriages will save the economy’: Prop 8 – The Musical and political satire online.” Paper presented at the 2012 Midwest Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture, DeKalb, IL.