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College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

Faculty and Staff Profile

Madison VanWalleghen

CBSHS Department of Communication

Office: Lehotsky Hall, 298

Phone: 864.656.1567


Educational Background

M. A. Communication and Media Studies
South Dakota State University 2021

B.A. Communications
Dakota Wesleyan University 2019

Courses Taught

Public Speaking
Intro to Human Communication


Madison VanWalleghen is a Lecturer for the Department of Communication in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences. Madison started at Clemson University in 2021. Madison was previously Graduate Teaching Assistant at South Dakota State University while obtaining her Master's degree.

Research Interests

Madison's research focuses on race, media, college and professional sports, and identity. Madison's thesis investigated how Black university athletes develop and communicate about their identity as affected by Black Lives Matter and social justice movements, media representations, and the athlete's surroundings through the lenses of Communication Theory of Identity, Social Identity Theory, Cultural Identity Theory, and Threshold Identity.

Research Publications

VanWalleghen, Madison Remi, "Encroachment: College Athletes’ Experiences with Identity Development as Affected By Media Representations of Social Justice Demonstrations" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 5745.

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Speech Scholar, Dakota Wesleyan University 2019

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