Dr. Melanie Loehwing

Co-Director

Melanie Loehwing is Assistant Professor in the MSU Department of Communication and a research fellow at the MSU Social Science Research Center. She co-founded the Civic Life Lab in 2018 as a home for her publicly engaged collaborative work on civic rhetoric and democratic culture. Raised in York, Pennsylvania, she received her PhD from the Department of Communication & Culture at Indiana University. She is the author of Homeless Advocacy and the Rhetorical Construction of the Civic Home (Penn State University Press). Her research has been recognized with the Stephen E. Lucas Debut Publication Award from the National Communication Association and the Review of Politics Award from the Midwest Political Science Association. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals and edited volumes, including the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Philosophy & Rhetoric, and Enculturation.