Yvonne Kao

Yvonne KaoPhD Student/Graduate Teaching Assistant
Bate 2127


Yvonne Kao is a music-trained rhetorician and PhD student. She began her college career in Music, as a flautist, and then added Communication and English. The common thread that connects these majors is research and composition. Her interests lie in the study of narratives, genre analysis, the composition process, music, professional communication, digital rhetorics, and aural rhetorics. She is working to find relationships between and combine her research interests.


  • BM, Flute Performance, Furman University 
  • BA, English and Communication, minor in Creative Writing, University of South Carolina Upstate
  • MA, Professional Communication, Clemson University
  • PhD (in progress), Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication, East Carolina University

Research Interests

  • Narratology
  • Genre analysis
  • Discourse analysis
  • Composition theory
  • Aural rhetorics

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 1100: Foundations of College Writing
  • ENGL 2201: Writing About the Disciplines

Selected Publications and Presentations

“First Year Experiences in the Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication Program.” Panel Presentation with Jayde Rice, Emily Tucker, Kelsey Burroughs. ECU English Graduate Student Conference. March 2019.