Rebecca Mercado-Thornton

Dr. Rebecca Mercado Thornton

Assistant Professor of Communication

Office:  305 Wilson
Phone: (248) 370-2514
Dr. Rebecca Mercado Thornton specializes in critical/cultural communication. Her dissertation research focused on how economic, political, and geographical encroachments influence the way women in Appalachia narrate their life course. More broadly, she uses ethnographic and life history interviewing research to understand how women speak about home, identity, and embodiment, in a variety of cultural contexts. She teaches courses such as Multicultural Communication, Introduction to Communication Studies, Performance Communication, Family Communication, and Communication Theory.
Dr. Mercado Thornton completed her undergraduate education at Central Michigan University, where she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Being a McNair Scholar helped fuel her interest in research and encouraged her to earn a doctoral degree. She obtained a master’s degree in Communication Theory and Research, a Women and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate, and doctorate specializing in Rhetoric and Public Culture, from Ohio University.  When she is not doing “school” work, she likes to play softball and soccer, write, travel, read, dance salsa/meregue/bachata, and laugh with her family.