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Chani Marchiselli, Ph.D.

B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., University of Minnesota


Dr. Marchiselli teaches a variety of courses including Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, Public Speaking, Popular Music and Communication, and Introduction to Human Communication. Her courses emphasize the historical, cultural and social contexts in which mediated messages, technologies and forms of persuasion are produced. Before joining the Englsih Department at Saint Anselm, Dr. Marchiselli also taught at University of Minnesota, Colorado State University, and New England College.


Dr. Marchiselli's research interests include rhetorical theory, media history and theory, gender, and cultural studies. Her current research focuses on early twentieth century music and sound culture. She is interested in the ways in which music and sound technologies produce novel ways of experiencing industrial modernity in the West. To this end, she examines a variety of texts and objects, including the poetry of Gertrude Stein, the writings of early progressive reformerslike Jane Addams, and early twentieth century music criticism. Dr. Marchiselli's work has been published in Women's Studies in Communication, Americana: The Jouranl of American Popular Culture, and the anthology Where the Boys Are: Cinemas of Masculinity and Youth. Her dissertation, Perilous Pop: Ragtime, Jazz and Progressive Social Thought in the Early Twentieth Century Press, 1900-1930, was nominated for the National Communication Association's Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award.

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