Thomas McCloskey is pursuing his Ph.D. with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Political Culture. He received his M.A. in Communication from California State University-Long Beach in 2011 and his B.A. in Politics from Willamette University in 2005. Thomas taught English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine from 2006-2008. His research focuses on the rhetoric of nationalism and social movements in the former Soviet Union. He is a teaching assistant and instructor of record for COMM 107 - Oral Communication: Principles and Practices.