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Katherine Medbery-Oleson

Communication Studies Chair


Greetings! I’m Katherine Medbery-Oleson. I have been teaching at Bellevue College since 2005. I primarily teach Public Speaking and Survey of Speech Communication in the Communication Studies department. I am the current chair of the Communication Studies Department, so feel free to ask me any questions about majoring in this field, transferring, courses to take, etc.

I attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, where I studied Communication Studies and Scandinavian Studies. I moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington for my M.A. in Communication. I am particularly interested in rhetorical studies and argumentation in print advertisements. I am also fascinated by political rhetoric and the media coverage of elections and politics in general.

My husband & I live in Des Moines, a few blocks up from the Puget Sound. I love seeing the Northwest waterways and mountains every day, as I grew up in the Midwest (MN/SD) and we don’t have any mountains to speak of. We have two golden retrievers, Cosmo and Seven, who are both named after “Seinfeld” references. I enjoy being outdoors with them (even in the rain).