RW MA Student Receives Graduate Student Award in Rhetoric & Writing

Jecca Bowen is the 2020 recipient of the Graduate Student Award in Rhetoric & Writing, which is awarded to one student each year in recognition an outstanding RW portfolio and defense. Jecca successfully defended her MA portfolio directed by Dr. Michelle Hall Kells, titled “Identity, Place, and Power in Public Discourse,” in February and recently graduated from the RW program.

Jecca entered the RW program in Fall 2018 with an interest in studying environmental rhetoric. Her graduate research and portfolio pieces focus on food and water and how the discourses surrounding them are mediated by power in public, expert, and political spheres. Since the study of environmental rhetoric is inherently interdisciplinary, she also took many courses in the Geography and History departments in addition to her RW courses, looking to situate her scholarship at the intersection of the humanities and social sciences.

Following graduation, Jecca will be moving to Boulder, Colorado, to pursue a career in environmental writing and policy. You can keep up with her ongoing scholarly and professional pursuits by visiting her website at