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Cheyenne Zaremba, M.A.



Cheyenne (Ph.D., anticipated 2025) is a rhetorician whose research focuses on the rhetoric of death and dying through the frameworks of cultural studies, performance studies, materiality, and identity. Cheyenne interrogates the presumed whiteness of death to understand how performances in spaces of death and dying, such as cemeteries, hospices, sacred spaces, and funeral homes, represent and reinforce cultural norms for meaning making at end-of-life and postmortem. Additionally, their work explores how representations and performances of bodies in death reflect and shape marginalized experiences of death as yet another expression of inequity and inequality. Their research has been featured in the special issue of Departures in Critical Qualitative Research: Who is Good Death For? as well as Text & Performance Quarterly.

Beyond academia, Cheyenne enjoys creative endeavors like textile crafting, journaling, sewing, crocheting, baking, embroidery, and making art. One of her favorite activities is visiting cemeteries and photographing headstones wherever she travels.

Position statement:

“As the Strategic Planning Manager, I endeavor to develop and direct the strategic and long-range goals of the our organization including communication about Death, Dying, and EOL Scholars to other outside organizations that we can partner with. I spearhead the formulation of our organizational beliefs, values, and goals in order to help the leadership team coordinate actionable plans for continuing to develop and grow our organization. It is also my privilege to represent graduate students who are interested in death, dying, and other end-of-life issues. It is my goal to ensure that all graduate students with death-related research interests feel that their research is supported and that they have a space to ask questions, network, and gain mentorship within our organization.”

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