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Rebecca Mercado Thornton (Ph.D. Ohio University) is an assistant professor in the department of Communication and Journalism at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Her research focuses on how economic, political, and social encroachments influ-ence the way women narrate their lives, identity, and culture. Her research appears in journals such as the Journal of Latino/Latin American Studies, Qualitative Inquiry, and Departures in Qualitative Research. She teaches courses in Performance, Family Communication, Race and Communication, Communication Theory, and Multicultural Communication.