The Public Address Conference is acclaimed and coveted for its tradition of featuring keynote and plenary speakers from among the field’s most prominent and exciting scholars, seasoned and emergent. PAC 2016 is no exception, as we are delighted by the breadth and depth of scholarly excellence and eloquence represented in this program. We are also pleased to contribute to the ongoing vital project of deepening diversity within Public Address; the PAC 2016 program enacts this commitment in many ways, including for the first time in PAC history a keynote panel comprised entirely of women.
This year’s participants include:
Karrin Vasby Anderson is Professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University, where she serves as Director of Graduate Studies and teaches courses in rhetoric, political communication, and gender and communication. Dr. Anderson studies the culture of politics and the politics of culture, examining the ways in which political identity is rhetorically constructed and contested in popular media. She is coauthor of two books: Woman President: Confronting Postfeminist Political Culture and Governing Codes: Gender, Metaphor, and Political Identity. She has published articles in scholarly journals such as Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Women’s Studies in Communication, Communication Quarterly, and White House Studies. She blogs regularly and is consulted as a political communication expert by local, national, and international media outlets. Dr. Anderson is a recipient of the National Communication Association’s James A. Winans and Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, the Outstanding Book Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, the Outstanding Mentor in Master’s Education Award from NCA’s Master’s Education Section, the Michael Pfau Outstanding Article Award in Political Communication from NCA’s Political Communication Division, the Organization for Research on Women and Communication’s Feminist Scholarship Award, and the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women in Politics.
Robert Asen is a professor in the Communication Arts Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research explores the relationships between social, economic, and political inequalities and public discourse. He is interested in the social forces, institutions, and discourses that produce and sustain inequality, as well as the ways that people come together to assert their needs and interests and make decisions in everyday practices of democracy. One major line of his research entails analyses of public discourse about U.S. social policy. A second major line of research involves developing inclusive models of public deliberation that account for exclusions of people from public fora and their efforts to overcome these exclusions. He has published numerous articles in rhetoric and communication and other fields, in such journals as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and Communication Theory. Asen is the author of Democracy, Deliberation, and Education (2015); Invoking the Invisible Hand: Social Security and the Privatization Debates (2009); and Visions of Poverty: Welfare Policy and Political Imagination (2001). He is the co-editor of Text + Field: Innovations in Rhetorical Method (2016); Public Modalities: Rhetoric, Media, Culture and the Shape of Public Life (2010) and Counterpublics and the State (2001).
Timothy Barney is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Communication Studies at the University of Richmond. He has written articles on visual rhetoric, cartography, the Cold War, and post-communist Eastern Europe for journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, and Popular Communication. His book, Mapping the Cold War, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2015, and he has been the past recipient of the NCA Public Address Division’s Wrage-Baskerville Award and NCA’s Gerald R. Miller Award for Outstanding Dissertation. His newest projects study the mediation of Václav Havel’s presidency in the Czech Republic, the politics of Cold War film remakes (with Trevor Parry-Giles), and Google’s mapping of North Korean prison camps.
Barbara A. Biesecker is Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Georgia. Her research and teaching continue to explore the role of rhetoric in social change by working at the intersections of rhetorical theory and criticism and continental philosophy, psychoanalysis, feminist theory and criticism, and cultural studies. Barb is the recipient of the National Communication Association’s 2007 Douglas Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award, the 2011 John I. Sisco Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2013 Francine Merritt Award, the 2015 University of Georgia Graduate School award for excellence in graduate education and mentoring in Arts and Humanities, and the 2015 Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division’s Outstanding Mentor Award. She currently is the editor-in-chief of the Quarterly Journal of Speech, and she continues to serve on the editorial boards of Communication and Critical Cultural Studies Journal, Philosophy and Rhetoric, and Women’s Studies in Communication. With Wendy S. Hesford and Christa Teston, Barb is co-editing a new book series, New Directions in Rhetoric and Materiality from The Ohio State University Press.
Jason Edward Black is Professor and Chair of rhetoric and public discourse in the Department of Communication Studies and an affiliate professor in the Department of Gender & Race Studies at The University of North Carolina Charlotte. His research program is located at the juncture of rhetorical studies and social change, with an emphasis on American Indian resistance, LGBTQ community discourses, and Black liberation. His work has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech; Rhetoric & Public Affairs; Southern Communication Journal; Western Journal of Communication; American Indian Quarterly; American Indian Culture and Research Journal; Communication Quarterly; Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture; Advances in the History of Rhetoric; Kenneth Burke Journal; Journal of Media and Cultural Politics; and numerous book chapters. Black is the author of American Indians and the Rhetoric of Removal and Allotment (University Press of Mississippi, 2015). He is also co-editor, with Charles E. Morris III, of An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk’s Speeches and Writings (University of California Press, 2013) and co-editor, with Greg Goodale, of Arguments about Animal Ethics (Lexington Books, 2010). Black is currently writing a book contracted with the University of Illinois Press titled Mascotting Native America and is working with Charles E. Morris III on a second Harvey Milk anthology titled Milk Delivery.
Daniel C. Brouwer is Associate Professor in the School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. He is a critical rhetorical scholar who studies the constitution of publics and counterpublics in traditional sites of address such as congressional hearings and congressional floor debate and in non-traditional sites of address such as underground magazines and the body. His research and teaching interests span publics and counterpublics, social movements, cultural performance, genders and sexualities, and HIV/AIDS politics. Case studies and contributions to rhetorical theory have appeared in two co-edited (with Robert Asen) books, Counterpublics and the State (2001) and Public Modalities: Rhetoric, Culture, Media, and the Shape of Public Life (2010) and in journals such as Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and Text and Performance Quarterly.
Leah Ceccarelli is Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, Seattle, where she also directs a new Science, Technology, and Society Studies Graduate Certificate Program. She is a rhetorical critic and theorist whose research focuses on interdisciplinary and public discourse about science, as well as metacritical issues surrounding rhetorical inquiry as a mode of research. She has received awards for two of her articles, “Polysemy: Multiple Meanings in Rhetorical Criticism” and “Manufactured Scientific Controversy: Science, Rhetoric and Public Debate,” and for her two books, Shaping Science with Rhetoric (University of Chicago Press, 2001) and On the Frontier of Science: An American Rhetoric of Exploration and Exploitation (Michigan State University Press, 2013). She is on the editorial boards of Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Philosophy & Rhetoric, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly, is immediate past chair of the Public Address Division of the National Communication Association, and is co-editor of Transdisciplinary Rhetoric, a book series sponsored by the Rhetoric Society of America and Penn State University Press.
Karma Chávez is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Arts and affiliate faculty in the Program in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is author of Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities (University of Illinois Press, 2013), and as a part of the writers’ collective, Madison Mutual Drift, she is co-author of Madison, Wisconsin: A City in Nine Objects published by Chicago’s Temporary Services in 2014. She is co-editor of Standing in the Intersection: Feminist Voices, Feminist Practices (with Cindy L. Griffin, SUNY Press, 2012) and Text+Field: Innovations in Rhetorical Method (with Sara L. McKinnon, Robert Asen and Robert Glenn Howard, Penn State Press, 2016). Karma is also a member of the radical queer collective Against Equality, an organizer for LGBT Books to Prisoners, and a host of the radio program, “A Public Affair” on Madison’s community radio station, 89.9 FM WORT. She regularly contributes to The Madison Times, a local paper focusing on issues facing communities of color.
Jay Childers is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas, where he also holds a courtesy appointment in Political Science. His research focuses on the ways that discourse, from political rhetoric to public debates, shapes understandings of democratic citizenship in the United States. Most recently, he has been exploring the ways in which public violence can lead to policy change through the rhetorical struggle to define violent acts and the people who commit them. He is the author of The Evolving Citizen: American Youth and the Changing Norms of Democratic Engagement (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012), and the co-author of Political Tone: How Leaders Talk and Why (University of Chicago Press, 2013). He has also authored a number of essays, including pieces that have appeared in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Quarterly Journal of Speech, and Western Journal of Communication. He is on the editorial boards of Communication Quarterly, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Southern Communication Journal, and Western Journal of Communication, and he currently serves as chair of the National Communication Association’s Political Communication Division.
J. David Cisneros is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and affiliate faculty in the Department of Latina/Latino Studies and the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois. His research focuses on the ways in which social and political identities are rhetorically constructed and contested in the public sphere. He specializes in issues of democracy & citizenship, race/ethnicity, social movements, and immigration. His research has appeared in journals such as Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Argumentation & Advocacy, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, and Quarterly Journal of Speech. His book “The Border Crossed Us”: Rhetorics of Borders, Citizenship, and Latina/o Identity (University of Alabama Press, 2014) explores efforts to restrict and expand notions of US citizenship as they relate specifically to the US-Mexico border and US Latin@ communities. His research has received awards such as the Daniel Rohrer Memorial Outstanding Research Award (from the American Forensics Association), the Wrage-Baskerville Award (from the National Communication Association’s Public Address Division), and the Article of the Year Award from the Eastern Communication Association. Dr. Cisneros teaches courses in the areas of rhetorical theory and criticism, critical theory, critical race studies, and social movements. He is currently working on a book about contemporary immigration rhetoric that highlights the theoretical relationships between mobility, migration, and emotion.
Ebony E.A. Coletu is Assistant Professor of English at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on the rhetoric of application forms and the circuits of evaluation that authorize financial support for people seeking aid, admission to college, and employment. Her book project, Forms of Submission: Writing for Aid and Opportunity in America theorizes the institutional procedures and reading practices that assign value to identity and struggle over the last century in order to shift the questions we ask about Affirmative Action, immigration reform, employment discrimination, and charity. She previously taught at The American University in Cairo where she offered courses on political literacies, graphic design and persuasion, and race in the Middle East. During this period she published articles on gender and revolution, the politics of street art, and the role of hate speech in the justification of state violence against protesters. She accepted a position in Interdisciplinary Rhetoric at Penn State in 2014.
Danielle Endres is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and affiliated faculty in the Environmental Humanities program at the University of Utah. Endres is a rhetorical theorist and critic with research and teaching interests in environmental communication, rhetoric of science, social movements, and Native American studies. She has examined the rhetorical dynamics of historical and contemporary controversies, such as nuclear technologies in the American West, energy policy, climate change, Native American mascots, and dominant spatial practices. She is also interested in rhetorical methods, particularly the use of ethnography, oral history, interviewing and other participatory approaches in the practice of rhetorical criticism. Her research has been published in Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Western Journal of Communication, Argumentation & Advocacy, and Environmental Communication. Her co-edited book, Social Movement to Address Climate Change: Local Change for Global Action, won the Christine L. Oravec Book Award in Environmental Communication. Her next book, with Michael Middleton, Aaron Hess, and Samantha Senda-Cook, Participatory Critical Rhetoric: Theoretical and Methodological Foundations for Studying Rhetoric In Situ, is forthcoming. She is currently working on a National Science Foundation-funded project that examines the internal rhetoric of scientists and engineers engaged in research, development, and commercialization of nuclear and wind energy technology.
Cara Finnegan is Professor of Communication and Conrad Humanities Scholar in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Finnegan’s research uses the conceptual and methodological resources of rhetoric to study the role of photography as a tool for public life. She is the author of Picturing Poverty: Print Culture and FSA Photographs (Smithsonian Books, 2003), which won the National Communication Association’s Diamond Anniversary Book Award, and Making Photography Matter: A Viewer’s History from the Civil War to the Great Depression (University of Illinois Press, 2015). Her articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Journal of American History, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly. Finnegan regularly teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in rhetorical criticism, visual rhetoric, rhetorical theory, and history of photography. At University of Illinois, she holds affiliated appointments in the Center for Writing Studies and in the departments of Gender and Women’s Studies and Art History.
Lisa Flores is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado. Her research and teaching interests lie in rhetoric, critical race studies, and gender/queer studies. Her most recent work examines historic narratives of immigrants and immigration, mapping an argument of race making, particular at the intersections of nation, citizenship, and labor. In this work, she asks questions about mobility, temporality, tracing the ways that raced bodies move through national spaces. As she completes this work, Lisa is beginning to envision the next project, which will center questions of labor and the state. She has published in Text and Performance Quarterly, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and the Quarterly Journal of Speech.
Andrew C. Hansen is Associate Professor at Trinity University, San Antonio, where he has been Chair of the Department of Human Communication and Theatre since 2009. Before studying under Stephen Browne at Penn State for his Ph.D., Dr. Hansen received an MA in Literature and an MA in Rhetoric from the University of Wisconsin. His publications and research interests have tended toward the intersections of style, decorum, and power in public address. Although he has taught a wide range of classes, Dr. Hansen prefers those that introduce unsuspecting undergraduates to the worlds of rhetoric He is honored to be a part of this year’s Public Address Conference, the third convening of which galvanized his decision to pursue graduate studies in rhetoric.
Kelly Happe is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Women’s Studies at the University of Georgia. Her scholarship on rhetoric, race, gender, science, and radical economic thought has appeared in The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, MediaTropes, Philosophy and Rhetoric, and other outlets. Most recently, she was awarded the National Communication Association’s 2014 Diamond Anniversary Book Award for The Material Gene: Gender, Race, and Heredity After the Human Genome Project (NYU Press, 2013) as well the 2014 Golden Anniversary Monograph Award for her essay, “The Body of Race: Toward a Rhetorical Theory of Racial Ideology.” Her current scholarship covers such topics as parrhesia and radical economic thought; rhetoric and biocitizenship; and theories of the body and embodiment as responses to the “new materialism” turn in the humanities.
Johanna Hartelius is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research areas are the rhetoric of expertise, digital culture, immigration, and public memory. Within and across these areas, she examines how people construct privileged knowledge and experience to wield political power in public discourse. Her current project extends this investigation of cultural epistemologies into the context of the commons (creative commons; “pirate” political movements, etc.). She is the author of The Rhetoric of Expertise (Lexington, 2011) and the editor of The Rhetorics of US Immigration (Penn State, 2015). She is the recipient of the 2013 Janice Hocker Rushing Early Career Research Award, and her scholarship has appeared in Argumentation and Advocacy, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Culture, Theory, and Critique, Management Communication Quarterly, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Review of Communication, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Southern Communication Journal.
Annie Hill is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She earned a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Hill is interested in the rhetoric of social problems and government projects targeting populations deemed dangerous to the state. Her book project, This Modern-Day Slavery: Sex Trafficking, Migration, and Law, focuses on anti-trafficking efforts in the United Kingdom to analyze narratives about sex crime and the cultural ruptures attributed to migration. Drawing on interviews, fieldwork, and texts, the book explores why the issue of sex trafficking emerged with such rhetorical force at the turn of the twenty-first century and how anti-trafficking campaigns use gender and race to depict “modern-day slavery.” In addition to this work, Dr. Hill’s chapter, “Demanding Victims: The Sympathetic Shift in British Prostitution Policy,” appears in Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism and her recent article, “SlutWalk as Perifeminist Response to Rape Logic: The Politics of Reclaiming a Name” is published in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies.
Kristen Hoerl is Associate Professor of Critical Communication and Media Studies at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is also the editor-elect of Women’s Studies in Communication. Her research explores how popular culture has responded to public controversies and political violence in recent U.S. history, with an emphasis on public memories 1960’s era civil rights and antiwar movements that have circulated in mainstream journalism and Hollywood in recent decades. Her articles have been published in a variety of journals including The Quarterly Journal of Speech; Critical Studies in Media Communication; Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies; Argumentation and Advocacy; Communication, Culture, and Critique; Western Journal of Communication; The Communication Review; Management Communication Quarterly; and the Southern Communication Journal. Her current project analyzes how fictional television programs and Hollywood films since the 1980s have portrayed the counterculture, antiwar, and Black Power movements of the 1960s. Here, she argues that media portrayals of real or imagined dissent contribute to neoliberal and post-feminist rhetorics that discourage serious engagement with contemporary criticisms of democracy under late-capitalism.
J. Michael Hogan, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric at the Pennsylvania State University, is Visiting Professor and Chair of Communication Studies at Davidson College. In 2006 he helped found the Center for Democratic Deliberation (CDD) at Penn State, and he served as Director or Co-Director of the CDD for ten years. He is the author, co-author, or editor of eight books and more than sixty articles, book chapters, and reviews on political campaigns and social movements, foreign policy debates, presidential rhetoric, and public opinion and polling. He has served as a scholarly advisor to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, and he is co-director of an online educational resource funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Voices of Democracy: The U.S. Oratory Project. Hogan has won a number of grants and scholarly awards, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, the National Communication Association’s Distinguished Scholar Award, the Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award, the Winans-Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, and the Golden Anniversary Prize Book Award. In 2008, he was awarded the Class of 1933 Distinction in the Humanities Award from the Liberal Arts Alumni Society of Penn State University. Hogan has served on the editorial board of the Quarterly Journal of Speech under five different editors, and he has been on the editorial board of Rhetoric and Public Affairs since its founding in 1997. He also is a founding co-editor of a book series at the Penn State University Press, Rhetoric and Democratic Deliberation. Hogan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin, and he earned his Ph.D. from the same institution. Before moving to Penn State in 1997, he taught at Indiana University and at the University of Virginia.
Jiyeon Kang is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. Her research interests include online activism, youth culture, and vernacular rhetoric in the contexts of the United States and East Asia. Kang’s forthcoming book, Igniting the Internet: Youth and Activism in Postauthoritarian South Korea (University of Hawaii Press, 2016), examines a decade of Internet activism in South Korea by combining rhetorical analysis of online communities with ethnographic interviews. She has additionally published articles on vernacular discourse on the web, collective agency, unintended political effects, and memories of Internet-born activism. Kang’s upcoming projects explore “new civilities” on the Internet, referring not simply to politeness but to the transforming social and ethical norms of coexistence. She is concurrently working on a collaborative book-length project with Nancy Abelmann and Xia Zhang on the novel and varied civilities at play in the online communities of international undergraduate students in the U.S., China, and South Korea.
Claire Sisco King is an Assistant Professor in the department of Communication Studies at Vanderbilt University, where she also teaches in the Cinema and Media Arts program. She is a scholar of media and visual culture, with a particular emphasis on the study of gender and sexuality. Her book, Washed in Blood: Male Sacrifice, Trauma, and the Cinema (Rutgers University, 2011), which was named an Outstanding Book of the Year in 2013 by Critical Cultural Studies division of the National Communication Association, addresses the intersections between cinematic violence, masculinity, and discourses of civic identity. Her work has been published in numerous journals in the fields of communication and media studies, and she is currently writing a new book on celebrity culture, gender, and race.
John Louis Lucaites is Professor of rhetoric and public culture in the Department of English, Indiana University and currently serves as the Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences. His research explores the relationship between rhetoric and social theory and for the past ten years he has has focused his attention specifically on the relationship between photography and citizenship. He is the co-author with Celeste Condit of Crafting Equality: America’s Anglo-African Word (Chicago 1993); he is the co-author with Robert Hariman of No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy (Chicago 2007) and The Public Image: Photography and Civic Spectatorship (Chicago, in press 2016). His essays have appeared in QJS, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and the Journal of American History. He served as the editor of Quarterly Journal of Speech (2008-2010) and is the Senior Editor for the University of Alabama Press book series “Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critique.” He has been recognized as an NCA Distinguished Scholar and has received a number of other scholarly awards including the Winans-Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Public Address, the Marie Hochumuth Nichols Award, the Douglas Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award, and the Charles H. Woolbert Research Award. He also co-hosts the blog www.nocaptionneeded.com. He was a presenter at the first Public Address Conference in Madison in 1988.
Matthew S. May, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Texas A & M University, is a scholar of rhetoric and American public address. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2009. His research is motivated by a longstanding interest in how public discourses reflect the tensions, contradictions, and differentials of power in modern society. As a theorist and advocate of social justice, Dr. May is concerned with how the historical discourses of the people may inform twenty-first century conversations about social and economic inequality. For example, in his recent book, Soapbox Rebellion: The Hobo Orator Union and the Free Speech Fights of the Industrial Workers of the World (University of Alabama Press, 2013), Dr. May illustrates how struggles in the early twentieth century for freedom of expression among migratory workers shed light on contemporary social movements, such as Occupy Wall Street, and contemporary concerns about corporate influence in American politics. His work has also appeared in Quarterly Journal of Speech, Philosophy and Rhetoric, and Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies.
Bryan McCann is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Affiliate Faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies at Louisiana State University. Working at the intersection of rhetorical and cultural studies, the majority of his scholarship attends to the intersectional politics of crime and violence in public culture, functioning as sites of struggle that enable and constrain political practice. His essays have appeared in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Western Journal of Communication, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and Communication, Culture & Critique. Dr. McCann’s book project, tentatively titled The Mark of Criminality: A Counter-Cultural History of the War on Crime, 1988-1996, is under contract with the University of Alabama Press and chronicles the emergence of gangsta rap during the “War on Crime” period of the late 1980s and early 1990s. A longtime member of the Prison Communication, Activism, Research, and Education collective, he dedicates significant energy to promoting prison-related scholarship, pedagogy, and activism in Communication Studies. His current projects focus on the affective politics of race in radical political settings, particularly attempts to discipline Black affect in predominantly White activists spaces. Dr. McCann is a longtime political activist who focuses on prison and death penalty abolition, academic freedom, and other issues. Dr. McCann has received the Northwest Communication Association Human Rights Award (2008), National Communication Association Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award (2009), Western States Communication Association B. Aubrey Fisher Outstanding Journal Article Award (2014) and NCA Critical and Cultural Studies Division New Investigator Award (2014).
Sara L. McKinnon is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Politics & Culture in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research and teaching is in the areas of intercultural rhetoric, globalization/transnational studies, legal rhetoric, and transnational feminist theory with expertise in critical rhetorical and qualitative methods. Her book, Gendered Asylum: Race and Violence in U.S. Law and Politics (University of Illinois Press, 2016), charts the emergence of gender as a political category in US asylum law within the context of broader national and global politics. Her essays have appeared in Women’s Studies in Communication, Text and Performance Quarterly, and the Quarterly Journal of Speech.
Ned O’Gorman is Associate Professor and Conrad Humanities Scholar in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. A rhetorical scholar by day, he works in and across several different areas: history of rhetoric, political thought/theory, aesthetics, media and technology studies, and the digital humanities. He is the author of three books: The Iconoclastic Imagination: Image, Catastrophe, and Economy in America since the Kennedy Assassination; Spirits of the Cold War: Contesting Worldviews in the Classical Age of American Security Strategy; and the forthcoming Lookout America! The Secret Hollywood Film Studio at the Heart of the Cold War State, written with Kevin Hamilton. Recently he has been thinking a lot about thinking a lot about media theory — things like “deep media,” new forms of technical rationality, and “thirds” — with Chad Wellmon at the University of Virginia, where they work on the Infernal Machine blog together. Ned has written journal essays on topics related to rhetorical theory, aesthetics, religion, political theory, and political history in the Cold War, seventeenth-century England, and ancient Greece. He is on the editorial board of Quarterly Journal of Speech and Rhetoric Society Quarterly. In 2009-10 he was President of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric; in 2012-13 he was a Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study; and in 2013-15 he was a faculty member in the Learning to See Systems initiative at the University of Illinois; and in 2015-16 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of Culture at the University of Virginia. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from the history of rhetoric to rhetorical theory to Cold War culture to media theory.
Ersula Ore is Assistant Professor of African & African American Studies in the School of Social Transformation, and Rhetoric & Composition in the Department of English at Arizona State University. She is a University of Maryland alumna, and carries a Dual-Degree M.A. in English & Women’s Studies and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Composition from Penn State University. She is a recipient of the 2011 Penn State Alumni Dissertation Award and a 2013 Institute for Humanities Research Fellow at Arizona State University. A rhetoric scholar and critic, Ore’s research interests include rhetorics of race, citizenship, and civic identity; critical theories of race and culture; contemporary rhetorical theory, public memory, and the rhetoric of black women’s intellectual tradition. She co-edited with Dr. David Green a special issue of Reflections: Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy (2012), which focused on African American contributions to service learning and community literacy, and is a co-writer of “The Mt. Oread Manifesto on Rhetorical Education” (2013). Her work has appeared in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, Present Tense, and Pedagogy (forthcoming Dec 2016). Her book manuscript, Lynching: A Rhetoric of Civic Belonging, under contract with UP of Mississippi, examines anti-black lynching as a rhetorical constitutive practice of American civic belonging and identity performance consonant with the precepts of classic contractarianism, governing documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, and America’s national mythos.
Shawn Parry-Giles is Professor in the Department of Communication and Director of the Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership at the University of Maryland. Parry-Giles’ research centers on the study of rhetoric and politics, with a focus on the study of the presidency. She is the author or co-author of four books: Hillary Clinton in the News: Gender and Authenticity in American Politics, The Prime-Time Presidency: The West Wing and U.S. Nationalism (with Trevor Parry-Giles), Constructing Clinton (with Trevor Parry-Giles), and The Rhetorical Presidency, Propaganda, and the Cold War, 1945-1955 (designated as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2002). She also is the co-editor of two books: Public Address and Moral Judgment: Critical Studies in Ethical Tensions (with Trevor Parry-Giles) and The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address (with J. Michael Hogan). She has also published in such journals as Communication Monographs, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Journal of Communication, Journal of Language and Politics, Political Communication, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Rhetoric Review, and the Quarterly Journal of Speech. In addition, Parry-Giles is the co-editor of an NEH funded project and journal entitled the Voices of Democracy: The U.S. Oratory Project (with J. Michael Hogan).
Damen Pfister, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Maryland, studies the dynamic confluence of digitally networked media, rhetorical practice, public deliberation, and visual/material culture. His interest in how nascent genres of digital communication provide new opportunities for citizens to influence public argument is reflected in his book, Networked Rhetorics, Networked Media: Attention and Deliberation in the Early Blogosphere (Penn State, 2014). Networked Rhetorics, Networked Media theorizes how early bloggers, as agents that addressed a range of publics, shaped deliberation in public controversies related to the legacy of race in the United States, the war in Iraq, and the science of climate. The book extends insights into rhetoric as an art of attention, details the genesis of the networked public sphere, and develops a research agenda for networked rhetorics. His work appears in Argumentation and Advocacy, Rhetoric Review, Environmental Communication, Social Epistemology, Cultural Studies ó Critical Methodologies, and the Journal of Public Deliberation. His digital production includes organizing and editing the Association of Rhetoric of Science and Technology Oral History Project, a collection of over a dozen interviews with key figures in the rhetoric of inquiry. Pfister is currently working on Ancient Rhetorics + Digital Networks, a co-edited volume with Michele Kennerly (Pennsylvania State University), which re-reads ancient rhetorical theory in the glow of digital communication networks. His next solo-authored book, Always On: Fashioning Ethos after Wearable Computing, will examine the rhetorical and cultural impacts of ubiquitous computing technology.
Phaedra C. Pezzullo is Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Culture in the Department of Communication in the College of Media, Communication, & Information at the University of Colorado Boulder, USA. She has published widely on: the late age of fossil fuels; the trope of the human; bodies; pollution beliefs; chemical pollution and safety campaigns; toxic and disaster tourism; environmental communication; cultural studies; public spheres and counterpublics; research methods, particularly the cultural politics of field methods and performance studies; theories and practices of resistance and transgression; praxis; pinkwashing; boycotts and buycotts; presence; space/place and time; everyday life; intellectual formations; and environmental justice movements. Pezzullo is author of Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Travel, Pollution, and Environmental Justice (University of Alabama Press, 2007), which won the Book of the Year Award in Critical and Cultural Studies, Christine L. Oravec Research Award in Environmental Communication, the James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric/Public Address, and the Jane Jacobs Book Award from the Urban Communication Foundation. Pezzullo also has coauthored with Robert Cox Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere, 4th Ed. (Sage, 2015) and edited Cultural Studies and the Environment, Revisited (Routledge, 2010). Her coedited volumes include: Environmental Justice and Environmentalism: The Social Justice Challenge to Environmental Movements with Ronald Sandler (MIT Press, 2007) and Readings on Rhetoric and Performance with Stephen Olbrys Gencarella (Strata, 2010). She has published in and currently serves on the editorial boards: Cultural Studies, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Environmental Communication and Quarterly Journal of Speech. For more information, including CV, see her website: http://phaedracpezzullo.com/.
Kristan Poirot is a jointly-appointed Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Texas A&M University. She is the Director of Graduate Studies, and she teaches courses on feminist history and theory, black freedom movements, gender and communication, and rhetorical criticism. Her research is interdisciplinary in scope and equally invested in rhetorical studies and feminist/gender studies. She engages the concerns of contemporary feminist theorists, rhetoricians, and historians by examining the circulation of sex, gender, and race identifications in U.S. contexts that span from the nineteenth century onward. In her work, Poirot examines number of different rhetorical sites to better understand the situatedness of these identifications. She pays particular attention to social movement rhetorics and public memories about resistance and white heteronormative male supremacy. Her focus on place, context, and situatedness enables a feminist intervention that grapples with both the conceptual and material entailments of sex, gender, and racial disparity. She is the author of one book, A Question of Sex: Feminism, Rhetoric, and Differences That Matter (2014, University of Massachusetts Press) and a number of articles published in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and Women’s Studies in Communication.
Angela G. Ray, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, earned a Ph.D. in Speech-Communication at the University of Minnesota in 2001. Her research and teaching focus on rhetorical criticism and history, with a special emphasis on popular media, education, and social reform in the nineteenth-century United States. Ray has published essays and book chapters in national and international venues on subjects ranging from Civil War memory to suffragist discourse, from the qualities of the historical analogy to the dynamics of internationalism in nineteenth-century lecture and debating clubs. Her 2005 book, The Lyceum and Public Culture in the Nineteenth-Century United States, published at Michigan State University Press, won major awards from the American Forensic Association, the National Communication Association, the Rhetoric Society of America, and NCA’s Public Address Division. Ray’s current book project examines the function of civic debating societies in the antebellum era, focusing on a society conducted by a group of free African American men in Charleston, South Carolina, in the 1850s. In keeping with her ongoing research interests, in the fall of 2015 Ray collaborated with Paul Stob to organize an interdisciplinary conference at the Alexandria Lyceum in Virginia about cultures of lecturing and learning in the long nineteenth century. At Northwestern, Ray recently completed a three-year term as a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, the university’s highest honor for teaching. She is especially proud that her students have successfully published their scholarship in outlets as varied as Rhetoric and Public Affairs, the European Journal of Political Theory, and Theatre Journal.
Samantha Senda-Cook is Assistant Professor of rhetoric in the Department of Communication Studies and an affiliated faculty member with the Environmental Science and Sustainability programs at Creighton University. She studies rhetorical theory and analyzes environmental communication and materiality in the contexts of social movements, outdoor recreation, and urban spaces/places. Her work has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Environmental Communication, International Journal of Wilderness, Southern Journal of Communication, and Argumentation and Advocacy. Along with Michael Middleton and Danielle Endres, her co-authored article, “Articulating Rhetorical Field Methods: Challenges and Tensions,” won the B. Aubrey Fisher Award for best article published in the Western Journal of Communication in 2011. Her current research focuses on constructions of space/place in urban environments, specifically in Omaha, NE, and tactical acts of resistance. To help make this scholarship relevant to community members, she has given public presentations at a monthly open meeting of Gifford Park Neighborhood Association and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. She teaches courses in rhetoric, environmental communication, intercultural communication, and communication practices. Additionally, teaching Senior Research has given her the opportunity to mentor undergraduate student researchers, several of which have presented at conferences and published their work. Valuing community service and engagement, she volunteers with several organizations dedicated to creating equitable social conditions for everyone. Notably, she serves on the boards of the Community Bike Project Omaha and the Friends of KIOS. When she is not researching, teaching, or volunteering, she can usually be found reading a mystery novel, trying out a new recipe, or riding the hills of Omaha on her bike.
Paul Stob is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Vanderbilt University. He received his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Wisconsin, under the direction of the 2016 Public Address Conference honoree, Stephen E. Lucas. Paul’s work explores the intersection of rhetoric and intellectual culture, with particular focus on American philosophy in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. His essays on William James, John Dewey, Louis Brandeis, and Robert Ingersoll, among others, have appeared in such journals as The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, and Philosophy and Rhetoric. His dissertation, under Professor Lucas’s direction, became the basis for his first book, William James and the Art of Popular Statement, published in 2013 by Michigan State University Press. Stob is currently working on a book project tentatively titled, Knowledge, Power, and the People: Intellectual Populism in American Thought and Culture, 1870–1915. The book explores the work of various American intellectuals who resisted the institutionalization of knowledge around the turn of the twentieth century. Through the lecture circuit and the popular press, these intellectuals created alternative communities of inquiry designed to oppose or circumvent the way knowledge was pursued and produced in the growing culture of academic professionalism.
Mary Stuckey is Professor Communication and Political Science at Georgia State University. She specializes in public argument, especially as it pertains to the American presidency, presidential rhetoric, and political communication. She is also interested in issues of political power and the national media, and especially how both these things affect minority groups. She is the author of or editor of ten books, including, Voting Deliberatively: FDR and the 1936 Presidential Campaign, Rhetoric: A Presidential Briefing Book, The Good Neighbor: Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Power, Defining Americans: The Presidency and National Identity, and Slipping the Surly Bonds: Reagan’s Challenger Address and Jimmy Carter, Human Rights, and the National Agenda. She is a recipient of the Roderick P. Hart Outstanding Book Award, the Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award, the Bruce E. Gronbeck Award for Political Communication, and teaching awards in both political science and communication. Her articles have appeared in Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Presidential Studies Quarterly, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, and numerous other places. She is the editor-elect of The Quarterly Journal of Speech.
Dave Tell is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. He is author of Confessional Crises and Cultural Politics in Twentieth-Century America (Penn State University Press, 2012), winner of the 2013 Marie Hochmuth Nichols award. He is a former President of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric and he currently serves on the Board of the Rhetoric Society of America. Tell is currently working on two projects. One on the intersections among rhetoric, architecture, and theory. Another on the memory of the Emmett Till murder in the Mississippi Delta.
Antonio De Velasco is Associate Professor of rhetoric in the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis. He is author of Centrist Rhetoric: The Production of Political Transcendence in the Clinton Presidency (Lexington Books, 2010), co-editor (with Melody Lehn) of Rhetoric: Concord and Controversy (2011), and co-editor (with John Angus Campbell and David Henry) of Rethinking Rhetorical Theory, Criticism and Pedagogy: The Living Art of Michael Leff (forthcoming, 2016). A recipient of the University of Memphis Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award, de Velasco offers graduate and undergraduate courses in rhetoric, advises doctoral and master’s students, and, since 2013, has served as the department’s director of graduate studies. He has published work in several venues, including Rhetoric Society Quarterly and Rhetoric and Public Affairs. His research centers on the history of rhetoric, rhetorical pedagogy, presidential rhetoric, and links between rhetorical and social theory.
Lisa Villadsen is Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Head of the Section of Rhetoric at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark where she also serves as Head of Studies. Her research interests are in contemporary rhetorical theory, particularly issues of rhetorical agency and rhetorical citizenship. Villadsen is the co-editor of two volumes on rhetorical citizenship: Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation (Penn State University Press, 2012) and Contemporary Rhetorical Citizenship: Purposes, Practices, and Perspectives (Leiden University Press, 2014), and co-author of the entry on “Citizenship Discourse” in The International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction. Recent publications have focused on issues of rhetorical agency in connection with the debate in Denmark on terrorism, as well as work on apologies given by state leaders or others who speak on behalf of a communityHer most recent publications on this topic include: “More Than a Nice Ritual: Official Apologies as a Rhetorical Act in Need of Theoretical Re-conceptualization” in Let’s Talk Politics. New Essays on Deliberative Rhetoric.
Isaac West is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Vanderbilt University. His research engages the communication of gender, sexuality, and citizenship. In line with the themes of this conference, West’s Transforming Citizenships (NYU Press, 2014) makes an argument for contextualizing queerness as a contingent set of performativities that must be understood against a dynamic set of normativities. Working from spaces of trans citizenship claims, the performative reproductions of these demands for recognition demonstrate that legal subjectivities are not reducible to the norms that enable a subject’s intelligibility. Professor West’ next book-length project, We, the Persons, explores rhetorics of personhood and their circulation in legal and political spheres as well as in various forms of popular culture. We, the Persons traces the rhetorical history of personhood in American law across multiple contexts. In addition to the historicizing of personhood as a legal category, this book engages personhood and its articulation to American campaign laws, reproductive politics, and interspecies relationships.
Susan Zaeske is Professor of Communication Arts and Associate Dean for Advancement, Arts and Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Zaeske is the author of Signatures of Citizenship: Petitioning, Antislavery, and Women’s Political Identity (University of North Carolina Press, 2003), which won the National Communication Association’s 2004 James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address. Her work has also appeared in Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and Women’s Studies in Communication. Recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and a Lilly Teaching Fellowship, Zaeske is instructor of the popular lecture course Great Speakers and Speeches. She also teaches a number of courses on American public discourse including African-American rhetoric, women’s discourse, presidential rhetoric, and social movement discourse. She has facilitated experiential education courses on African-American and LGBTQ civil rights history in which she had led students through travels to meet movement activists and visit historical sites. In recognition of her significant scholarship and contributions to campus, Zaeske was named a Letters & Science Faculty Fellow (2008-2013).