Emily Sauter, Ph.D.

Interim Basic Course Director / Visiting Assistant Professor

Address: 307A Armstrong Hall (AH 307A)
Phone: (507) 389-6411
Email: emily.sauter@mnsu.edu


  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture (August 2016)

    • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

    • Dissertation: A Modern Miracle: South African National Identity and Transnational Discourses of Democracy

  • M.A. in Communication Studies (May 2011)

    • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

    • M.A. Thesis: Shout Amandla: A Rhetorical Analysis of Helen Zille

  • B.A. in Communication Studies and Political Science (May 2008)

    • University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Minnesota  

Dr. Emily Sauter is a has been a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies for the last four years and has been newly hired to be the Interim Basic Course Director for CMST 100. Born in Roseville MN she nonetheless considers herself to be a citizen of the world. She has lived abroad in Durban, South Africa; Limerick, Ireland; and Beijing, China. She has also spent considerable time in India, Thailand, and Cambodia. Her research interests examine the intersections of rhetoric, digital communication, identity-creation, and sports fandom. Her work has appeared in The Journal of Popular Culture, The Journal of International Communication, and The Journal of Tourism and Leisure Studies. Emily also has a deep and abiding love of sports and plays golf, hockey, and softball. 

Recent Publications: 
Journal Articles:
Sauter, E. S. and Sauter, K.O. “Fantasy and Silence: Utopic Voyeurism in House Hunters International.” Journal of Popular Culture. Forthcoming October 2019.

Sauter, Emily. 2019. "Just Google It: Discursive Construction and Material Impacts of South African Cities through Tourism Websites." Journal of Tourism and Leisure Studies 3 (2): 21-35. doi:10.18848/2470-9336/CGP/v03i02/21-35.

Sauter, E. S. 2015. “The Constitution of South Africa: The Making of A Modern Identity.” Journal of International Communication 21.2: 189-203 doi.org/10.1080/13216597.2015.1 052533.

Conference Presentations:
Wooing Female Fans: How the NWHL Effectively Mobilized Fandom to Launch a New League. The Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Cincinnati OH, October 10-13th 2019.

Online Activism and Fan Identity: Mobilizing Millennials for Civic Action. Central States Communication Association Conference, Omaha, NE April 3-7th 2019. Top Panel Award.

Fandom Isn’t Just for Fun: Fandom, Politics, and Digital Rhetoric. Scholars At Work Conference, Minnesota State University, Mankato March 29th, 2019. 

Beyond the Western Bind: Rhetoric and Representations of Female Political Leadership in Asia and Africa. National Communication Association Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, November 8-11, 2018.

The Problematic Fave: Negotiating Political Identity Through Fandom in the 2016 Presidential Election. Presented at The National Communication Association  Convention, Dallas, TX, November 16th-19th, 2017.

“Spot the Africa: Trevor Noah and Representational Power.” Web blog post. Rhetorically Speaking, November 2, 2015, http://rhetoric.commarts.wisc.edu/?p=308

“Democracy in Action: The Trial Of Oscar Pistorius.” Web blog post. Rhetorically Speaking, October 10, 2014, http://rhetoric.commarts.wisc.edu/?p=201

“An Alternate View on ‘The Top 5 Mistakes Women Make in Academic Settings.’” Web blog post. Rhetorically Speaking, November 30, 2013, http://rhetoric.commarts.wisc.edu/?p=33.

“That's Debatable: Truth and Values in the Vice-Presidential Debate.” Web blog post. Antenna: Responses to Media & Culture, October 14, 2012, http://blog.commarts.wisc.edu/2012/10/14/thats-debatable-truth-and-values-in-the-vice-presidential-debate/

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