Doctoral Candidate in Organizational Communication at Texas A&M University
Katharine Hodgdon is a Doctoral Candidate in Organizational Communication at Texas A&M University, with a Graduate Certificate of Entrepreneurship from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M. She has taught classes in public speaking, communication technology skills, negotiations, and organizational practice and theory. Katharine's research primarily focuses on the business practices of the video game industry, in particular, consumer engagement, which is the focus of her dissertation. Her scholarship on the emotional labor of Twitch Streamers was featured in the video game trade journal Kotaku and well as an upcoming documentary by Anthem Sports and Entertainment. In 2017, she presented the TEDx Talk "Playing Video Games is Hard Work" at TEDxLeeCollegeHuntsville. She has also been recognized for her research on digital copyright law.
Katharine has over fifteen years of Forensics, Speech and Debate experience, competing for North Allegheny Senior High School (Pittsburgh, PA) and Bowling Green State University, and coaching at Central Michigan University and Texas A&M University. Her competition and coaching have earned her numerous regional, state, and national awards. Katharine is very excited to share her experience and insights with Capitol Debate campers, helping them to find their voice in a supportive environment!