Hometown: Swords, Ireland
B.A. Degree: Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University
M.A. Degree: Communication Studies, Baylor University
Current Research Interests: My research centers on non-human animals: both as subjects and objects of rhetoric. I am generally interested in the intersections of environmental communication, animal studies, and critical/cultural studies. In particular, some of my recent research examines how social hierarchy is reproduced through Western norms of appropriate human-animal and, by extension, human-nature relations.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Johanna Hartelius
Projected Graduation Date: Spring 2024
Rooney, David. "'A Primordial Situation:' Metonymical Linkages in US Newspaper Coverage of Wet Markets" Environmental Communication (2022). https://doi.org/10.1090/17524032.2022.2125548. (Accepted).
Rooney, David. “’All Fishing is Wildlife Poaching:’ Nonhuman Animal Imagery and Mutual Avowal in Racing Extinction and Seaspiracy” Journalism and Media 3 (2022): 3(2), 257-277; https://doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia3020020. [Special Issue, “Communication in Defense of Nonhuman Animals during an Extinction and Climate Crisis,” edited by Carrie P. Freeman and Núria Almiron.]