Kari Storla is a fourth-year communication Ph.D. student at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Her research interests explore the intersection of rhetoric, gender, and trauma, focusing on discourses surrounding sexual assault and sexual assault prevention.
Before coming to USC, Kari earned a B.A. in speech with research honors from Georgia State University. As a Ph.D. student, she has served as the teaching assistant for multiple courses in her department, including Communication and Culture (Comm 206) and Gender, Media and Communication (Comm 395). In addition, while working as the teaching assistant representative for her department’s graduate student organization she implemented a peer teaching observation and evaluation program.
In the classroom, Kari’s research informs her view of pedagogical practice, stressing the need for transparency, communication, and students’ feedback. She is dedicated to creating an inclusive and participatory classroom where students are encouraged to take theory outside the lecture hall and bring their everyday experiences to class discussions. Her greatest triumph is scheming new ways to rickroll students every semester.