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Rhetoric, Politics, and Society (MA & PhD)

Sarkela and HeslopThe graduate area in Rhetoric, Politics, and Society challenges students to consider the core question of rhetoric's role in the diverse settings of American culture. Located in a city with a rich and controversial legacy involving civil rights, the program focuses on how public address, advocacy, media, and the arts, both historically and theoretically, have influenced the multiple meanings of American citizenship and human identity.

Our curriculum offers a foundation in the general histories, practices, and theories of rhetoric study, while also motivating students to chart their own direction as researchers and teachers. Working with faculty whose foci include presidential rhetoric, civic controversy, dialogue, digital rhetoric, pedagogy, women's public address, public memory and racial and ethnic identity, this program prepares future scholars and teachers to communicate the vibrancy of the rhetorical tradition into the 21st century.

The Department also honors the top incoming PhD student in its "Rhetoric, Politics, and Society" area with the Michael and Suzanne Osborn Fellowship for the Study of Rhetoric and Public Address.

Area Faculty:

David Acey, MA, Assistant Professor

Antonio de Velasco, PhD, Associate Professor

Leroy G. Dorsey, PhD, Professor and Department Chair

D. Gray Matthews, PhD, Assistant Professor and Department Vice-Chair

Christi Moss, PhD, Lecturer

Sandra Sarkela, PhD, Associate Professor

Lori Stallings, MA, Instructor


Allison Graham, PhD, Professor

Joshua Reeves, PhD, Assistant Professor

Craig Stewart, PhD, Assistant Professor

Amanda Young, PhD, Associate Professor

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