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2008 - NCA 94th Annual Convention Words: 218 words || 
1. Eisenhart, Chris. "You're Not in Waco at 'Waco': The Role of Land in Commemorative Conflict" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCA 94th Annual Convention, TBA, San Diego, CA, <Not Available>. 2019-12-11 <>
Publication Type: Invited Paper
Abstract: The 1993 conflict between the Branch Davidians—led by David Koresh—and law
enforcement, which resulted in over eighty fatalities, was identified in
bylines and broadcasts with its closest significant population center,
Waco, Texas. In the 15 intervening years, “Waco” became the national
moniker for this event, and the legacy of that conflict weighs heavily
upon the residents of the city of Waco, Texas, as well as upon the
residents of the property where the conflict commenced. This property, 11
miles outside of Waco on the rural Texas prairie, is a site where visitors
might expect to find a particularly Davidian-focused memorial. However,
recent events and the rights to this land have rendered the property as a
site of commemorative conflict, as control of the land has been contested
and has changed, and as current property owners (and the city of Waco)
represent the property alternately as a space of private residence and
worship or as a space for public memorializing of the conflict.

This study of the “Waco” conflict site illustrates the role of land as the
site proper of commemoration, and illustrates the role of access and
control as a precursor to rhetorical agency in commemorative acts. It
illustrates how control of and access to a property can factor into the
unity or disparity between commemorative acts, and the ways private land
can alternately play the role of public space for divergent commemorative

2017 - American Society of Criminology Words: 113 words || 
2. Navarro, Nellie., Hollis, Meghan. and Hankhouse, Shannon. "Examining Guardianship in Rural Contexts: Guardianship in Action in Waco, Texas" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, <Not Available>. 2019-12-11 <>
Publication Type: Individual Paper
Abstract: Previous research has examined guardianship in action in The Netherlands (e.g., Reynald, 2009; 2011) and the northeastern United States (e.g., Hollis and Welsh, 2013). The current paper replicates and expands this work in a new social context - rural and small town Texas in the United States. Guardianship in action is broken down into the four primary components: invisibility, availability, monitoring, and intervening. The intervention dimension is further broken down into direct and indirect intervention on the part of the homeowner versus a neighbor. The results indicate that guardianship in action continues to apply in this context, although interesting differences in the way guardianship operates are observed. Theoretical and research implications are discussed.

2003 - International Communication Association Pages: 36 pages || Words: 11399 words || 
3. Agne, Robert. "Framing Problems in Crisis Negotiation: Reframing in the Case of Waco" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 Online <.PDF>. 2019-12-11 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Outside Waco, Texas, on April 19th, 1993, a 51-day standoff between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and David Koresh and the Branch Davidians concluded with a fire that killed more than 75 people inside the Davidian compound. Despite the fact that the FBI negotiators talked on the telephone with Koresh or his spokesperson almost every day, the negotiators were unable to bring the standoff to a peaceful end. A frustrating yet persistent aspect of the FBI negotiations was the Davidians’ talk about the Bible and their religious beliefs. In this study, I analyze several exchanges between Koresh and various negotiators. The analysis shows how different reframing practices reveal the interactional troubles the negotiators faced in dealing with the incompatibility of their frame for the situation with the Davidians’ religious one. These practices, I argue, shed new light on the generic advice currently provided for crisis negotiators.

2018 - ACJS 55th Annual Meeting Words: 61 words || 
4. Caballero, Monica., Hankhouse, Shannon. and Hollis, Meghan. "The Social Ecology of Crime in Waco, Texas" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ACJS 55th Annual Meeting, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, LA, Feb 13, 2018 <Not Available>. 2019-12-11 <>
Publication Type: Paper Presentation
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Prior research has examined the social ecology of crime primarily in urban areas. Although some research has examined the social ecology of crime in rural areas, limited research has focused on small towns and cities. This research examines the social ecology of crime (based on social disorganization theory) in Waco, Texas. Implications for research and theory are discussed.

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