Rose Howerter is a doctoral candidate in the Klein College of Media and Communication. A former newspaper photojournalist, her work focused on providing a space for marginalized voices. Since attending Temple University, her research focuses on understanding modern patterns of communication and how they shape societal attitudes and behaviors. Her dissertation examines stigma at the intersection of race, identity and culture. It looks at stigma, as Erving Goffman explained it in the 1960s, and how it is enacted in the 21st century, especially in racial challenges in the United States.