Ryan Bince is a first-year student in the Rhetoric and Public Culture PhD program. His research combines field methods with rhetorical theory and criticism to re-conceptualize human relationships, collectivities, and collaboration for the 21st century social and political landscape. At Northwestern, Bince plans to conduct research about crowds, organizing, and activism. Bince’s past research experience is varied and includes ethnographic research about discourses of sex, marriage, and communion in Greek Orthodox Christianity; supervision of several large-scale qualitative data collection projects at Cornell University’s Survery Research Institute; and a mixed-methods research project on DIY punk houses at the intersection of art and activism. Bince received the 2017 Top Master’s Thesis in Rhetoric award from the National Communication Association’s Master’s Education Section for his punk house project and the J. Calvin Callaghan Graduate Student Achievement Award for his performance as an M.A. student at Syracuse University’s Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies. In addition to his M.A. (’17), Bince earned his B.A. (’13) in Speech Communication from Ithaca College.