20th Century Rhetorical Criticism and Theory: Material Rhetoric and Culture. Visual Rhetorics and Culture. Ideological Criticism. The Politics of Representation. Multiculturalism, Community and Identity. Collective Memory and Commemorative Culture.
Materialism and Poststructuralism: Ideology, Power, and Rhetoric. The problem of ideology in a postmodern world. The poststructuralist critique of ideology. Foucault's critique of power.
Japanese American Rhetorics: Commemorations of Internment. The Japanese American National Museum. Japanese American Reparations Movement. Japanese American Autobiographies. Photographic Archives of Internment.
Director of Debate
Secretary, Visual Communication Division, National Communication Association
AFA West Representative, National Debate Tournament Committee
Recent Publications and/or Productions:
Lain, B., & Anderson-Lain, K. (in press). Networking debate and civic engagement: Measuring the impact of high school debate camp. In C. Winkler (Ed.), Networking Argument: Selected Works from the 20th NCA/AFA Alta Conference on Argumentation.
Lain, B., Anderson, K., & Oliver, L. (2017). Making debate normal: Different audiences and debate's pedagogical mission. Contemporary Argumentation & Debate.
Essay. (2006). "Remembering Protest, Protesting Memory: The Histories and Uses of Japanese American Internment Resistance." Critical Problems in Argumentation: Proceedings from the Thirteenth NCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation, Alta, UT. Ed. Charles A. Willard. pp. 434-442.
Co-Authored Essay with Joseph P. Zompetti. (2005). "Kritiking as Argumentative Praxis." Speaker and Gavel, v. 42, 13-27.
Essay. (2004). "American Uses of Japanese American Memory: How Internment Narratives Are Put into Discourse." Preceedings from the Second Tokyo Conference on Argumentation., Tokyo, Japan. August 3-5, 2004.