Monique Kampherm, BA ACS-Public Administration and Public Policy; Political Science (Western University), MA Political Science (Western University), MA Journalism (Bournemouth University), MA English-Rhetoric (University of Waterloo), is a PhD candidate in English-Rhetoric at the University of Waterloo.
Monique’s doctoral research focuses on rhetoric, digital media, and democratic engagement. She is examining the rhetorical influence of social media in persuading democratic participation during elections.
Monique is a recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2018-2019) and the President’s Graduate Scholarship at the University of Waterloo (2018-2019). She is also named the RhetCanada 2018 Graduate Student Prize Winner by the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric for her paper, “Democratic Prosopopoeia: The Rhetorical Influence of Embodying a Political Statement Online,” which was presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences conference.
In addition to her diverse scholarly background, her past professional experiences as a policy advisor for the infrastructure and realty arm of the Government of Ontario, journalistic experiences with Sky News Business and BBC Watchdog in England, and educational experiences as an instructor (University of Waterloo), course director (York University), and partial-load professor in English (Sheridan; Seneca College) have helped shape her research interests.