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Betsy Brunner (MA Class of 2011)


​Elizabeth (Betsy) Brunner is currently in her third year of the PhD program at the University of Utah. She received her MA in Communication in 2011 and focused on gender, media, and visual rhetoric. Her CU Denver MA special writing project was published in the most recent issue of Visual Culture and Gender. 

Betsy uses her knowledge and skills of visual and critical rhetoric to conduct her dissertation research entitled "Images in Action: Social Change in China," which examines how images are used to circumvent censorship, organize protests, and communicate with a global audience. Betsy was recently awarded the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for the summer of 2013 as well as the 2013-2014 school year. 

Along with her advisor, Dr. Kevin DeLuca, she was also awarded a Waterhouse Family Institute (WFI) grant for $10,000 to conduct research in China in the summer of 2014 and the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund grant from the University of Utah for $8,000 to bring Chinese artists to the campus to discuss sustainability issues. 

Betsy's most memorable and transformative CU Denver Communication experience was her participation in the Narratives of the New China travel study program. This class altered the direction of her research to focus on China. Throughout it all, Betsy says she greatly appreciated the openness and generosity of the COMM professors at CU Denver. ​