Professor of Communication;
Chair of Academic Division IV
At Berea College since 1995
Draper Building, 201B
Spring 2021 Session A
Tue/Wed/Thur: 3 – 5:00 p.m. (virtual)
COM 206 A (Tue: 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm)
- BA Communication and English Education, Seattle Pacific University, 1987
- MA Communication Arts & Sciences, University of Southern California, 1993
- PhD Communication Arts & Sciences, University of Southern California, 1994
I grew up on a wheat farm and cattle ranch in northeastern Montana. I’ve lived in Berea since 1995 when I joined the Berea College faculty. Before that, I was a professor at Seattle Pacific University; an assistant lecturer at the University of Southern California (where I did my graduate work); a high school teacher in northern California; and an office manager in Washington, D.C.
I accepted Berea College’s job offer because I was impressed by its powerful mission and history, small-town setting, and the amazing students, faculty, and staff I met during my interview. I have never regretted the decision to come to Berea!
Most of my published research has explored historical topics from a communication perspective, such as the way activists persuaded many farmers and workers in my home county in Montana to embrace radical politics in the 1920s.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters, gardening, reading contemporary fiction, and traveling to new places.
- McDonald, Andrew T. and Verlaine Stoner McDonald. Democracy in a Kimono: Paul Rusch and the Shaping of Post-War Japan. University Press of Kentucky: 2018.
- Stoner, Helen Wagnild and Verlaine Stoner McDonald. Sheridan County. Arcadia Publishing, 2013.
- “Democracy in a Kimono: The Kiyosato Education Experiment Project as Burkean Comic Corrective.” Peer-reviewed paper presented at the International Conference on Narrative (Manchester, England: June 2013).
- McDonald, Verlaine Stoner. The Red Corner: The Rise and Fall of Communism in Northeastern Montana. Helena: Montana State Historical Society Press, 2010.
- “Civic Engagement in Japan and Appalachia: A Burkean Analysis of the Kiyosato Education Experiment Project.” Peer-reviewed paper presented at the annual convention of the Central States Communication Association (Cincinnati: April 2010).
- “Burke’s ‘The People’ Edict and American Communism’s Evolving Narrative.” Peer-reviewed paper presented at the International Conference on Narrative (Birmingham, England: June 2009).
- “Revolutionary Symbolism in the Electronic Age: Burke and the Contemporary Communist Party.” Peer-reviewed paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (formerly the Speech Communication Association; hereafter NCA) (San Diego: November, 2008).
- “A Paper of, by and for the People’: The Producers News and the Farmers’ Movement in Northeastern Montana,1918-1937.” Montana Legacy: Essays on History, People, and Place. Ed. Harry W. Fritz, Mary Murphy, Robert R. Swartout, Jr. Helena: Montana Historical Society Press, 2002.
My current research focuses on Governor Martha Layne Collins of Kentucky.