Cynthia Boes, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication Studies

Office Phone: (951) 343-4904
Office Location: James Building 278
Office Hours: MWF: 8–9 a.m. and 11 a.m.–noon; Online Th: 2–4 p.m.

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Communication The Pennsylvania State University 2010
M.A. Rhetoric Oregon State University 2003
B.S. English/Communication Corban College 1996
  • Courses Taught

    * Intro to Argumentation
    * Rhetorical Criticism
    * Oral Communication
    * Interpersonal Communication
    * Oral Interpretation
    * Organizational Communication
    * Political Rhetoric
    * Small Group Communication
    * Gender and Communication

  • Teaching Experience

    * Oregon State University - 2001–2003
    * The Pennsylvania State University - 2003–2007

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications


    Boes, Cynthia. “Tule Lake: A Memorial to be Forgotten.” Transnational Remembrance: Essays on the Global Memoryscape (book in progress). Eds. Kendall R. Phillips and G. Mitchell Reyes.


    Boes, Cynthia. “Harvest of Shame: Speaking for Others through Documentary Film.” Top Paper in Voices of Diversity Panel. Eastern Communication Association Conference. Providence, RI. 28 April 2007.

    Boes, Cynthia. “Representing Darfur: The Perils and Potentials of Speaking for Others in Legislation.” Popular Culture and Legislation Panel. The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference. Boston, MA. 5 April 2007.

    Boes, Cynthia. “Defending Darfur: The Problems and Potential of Speaking for Others.” The Pennsylvania State University Graduate Exhibition. University Park, PA. 25 March 2007.

    Boes, Cynthia, “Changing Colors – Bill Clinton as the First Black President.” The National Communication Association Conference. Boston, MA. November 2005.

    Boes, Cynthia. “Tule Lake: A Memorial to be Forgotten.” Contesting Public Memories Conference. Syracuse, NY. October 2005.

    Boes, Cynthia. “The Powerless Speaking for the Powerless: An Analysis of Josephine Griffing’s Advocacy of Freed Slaves.” The National Communication Association Conference. Chicago, IL. November 2004.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Orangecrest Community Church

  • Personal Philosophy

    "'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.'" Jeremiah 29:11