Ryan Bince is a doctoral candidate at Northwestern University's Rhetoric and Public Culture program. He is interested in the communicative and cultural components of togetherness, which he has accessed through a variety of projects involving DIY punk house performance networks, religious ritual practice, and mass political gatherings online and in person. Bince received the 2017 Top Master’s Thesis in Rhetoric award from the National Communication Association in the United States and the Callaghan Graduate Student Achievement Award for his teaching and research as an M.A. student at Syracuse University. In addition to his M.A. (’17), Bince earned his B.A. (’13) in Speech Communication from Ithaca College.