Meet the Butler Fellow

Mina Ivanova is the Dabney Adams Hart scholar in residence, teaching critical communication in the Writing and Digital Communication graduate program, as well as, undergraduate courses in public speaking, leadership, and global studies.

After years of coordinating the CWS, she has assumed an advisory role as the Patricia Collins Butler Fellow. In this capacity, Mina continues to participate in the center’s strategic planning and positioning. She also mentors and coaches the tutors on the communication skills and pedagogical approaches that prepare them to meet students’ diverse academic needs.

Originally from Bulgaria, Mina studied English/Comparative Literature and Linguistics at Sofia University. She received a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Politics from the Department of Communication at Georgia State University and an M.A. in Communication from Villanova University. Her scholarship is situated at the intersection of rhetorical studies, critical theory, and psychoanalysis. Her dissertation isolates the largely unconscious rhetorical and ideological means with which war was justified before, during, and after the U.S. 2003 invasion of Iraq. Her work has appeared in the volume Venomous Speech: Problems with American Political Discourse on the Right and Left (Praeger 2013), the international Journal of Rhetoric and Communications, and in the Quarterly Journal of Speech.