Peter Simonson
Professor • Department Chair
Department of Communication • Department of Media Studies • Rhetoric and Culture Graduate Faculty

Office: Hellems 96

Professor Peter Simonson (Communication and Media Studies) studies rhetoric, media, and the history of communication.

Simonson conducts research on rhetorical practice across different media, the intellectual history of communication in the U.S., and the international history of media and communication studies. He has additional interests in social theory, religion, pedagogy, and anthropological and comparative studies of rhetoric.

He is author of Refiguring Mass Communication: A History, lead editor of The International History of Communication Study and The Handbook of Communication History, and producer of two documentary films on the history of media research.

Simonson holds a PhD from the University of Iowa.

Books and Articles

Curriculum Vitae

Available in PDF format.

Books/Edited Collections

The International History of Communication StudyBook cover
Peter Simonson and David W. Park, eds; Routledge

The International History of Communication Study maps the growth of media and communication studies around the world. Drawing out transnational flows of ideas, institutions, publications, and people, it offers the most comprehensive picture to date of the global history of communication research and education.

Across 23 chapters, it addresses central and forgotten figures, institutional formations, and theories over five continents—framed by a comprehensive introduction (PDF) to the international history and historiography of communication and media studies.

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The Handbook of Communication HistoryBook cover
Peter Simonson, Janice Peck, Robert T. Craig, and John P. Jackson, Jr. eds,; Routledge

A wide-ranging, 33-chapter volume addressing the history of communication as social practice, idea, and field of study in global perspective. Topics range from the comparative history of ancient rhetoric to conversation, audiences, gender, cities, new media, and the history of communication in different cultural traditions and world regions.

Also includes a long, field-encompassing chapter by the editors, “The History of Communication History”

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Refiguring Mass Communication: A Historybook cover
University of Illinois Press, History of Communication series

A rhetorical history and rethinking of ideas about mass communication, as worked out through individual lives and places.

Essays consider normative visions of mass communication found in David Sarnoff’s public relations efforts, Paul of Tarsus’ letters, Walt Whitman’s poetry, Charles Horton Cooley’s journals, Robert K. Merton’s sociology articles, and the popular gathering of an American county fair.

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Mass Communication and American Social Thought: Key Textsbook cover
John Durham Peters and Peter Simonson, eds.; Rowman and Littlefield Press
ISBN 978-0742528390

A collection of classic and forgotten-but-noteworthy primary texts, biographical sketches of the authors, and four original interpretive essays by the editors. Writes new figures into the history of the field and re-interprets old ones. Also includes a list of historical films from the era related to the subject, and a bibliography.

A useful volume for upper-level undergraduate and graduate classes, valuable scholarly aid, and good addition to the bookshelves of anyone interested in the history of thinking about media and communication.

Craig Calhoun, president of the Social Science Research Council and professor of sociology and history at New York University

This is an enormously useful collection, not only for students of the history of communications, but for all who are interested in the history of American social thought. It should also help in the important task of putting questions of large scale communication at the center of contemporary debates about the future of democracy.

Elihu Katz, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania

This collection of classics is a major step toward the grounding of collective memory for our field.

Communication Booknotes Quarterly

Includes nearly 70 papers or excepts from important theorists and researchers over a half century period vital to the formation of an academic discipline. A very useful addition to the literature which should open links for new readers to important historical work.

List Of Contributors

Readings by: Jane Addams, Theodor Adorno, Gordon Allport, Sherwood Anderson, Raymond Bauer, Daniel Bell, Bernard Berelson, Edward Bernays, Herbert Blumer, Warren Breed, Ernest W. Burgess, Hadley Cantril, John Cheever, Charles Horton Cooley, Reuel Denny, John Dewey, George Gallup, George Gerbner, Nathan Glazer, Herta Herzog, Max Horkheimer, Donald Horton, Helen MacGill Hughes, Julian Sorrell Huxley, Harold Innis, Elihu Katz, Ernst Kris, Galdys Engel Lang, Kurt Lang, Harold Dwight Lasswell, Paul F. Lazarsfeld, Alfred McLung Lee, Elizabeth Briant Lee, Daniel Lerner, Walter Lippman, Alain Locke, Leo Lowenthal, Helen M. Lynd, Robert S. Lynd, Dwight Macdonald, Duncan MacDougald, Herbert Marcuse, Thelma McCormack, Marshall McLuhan, Robert K. Merton, Rolf Meyersohn, C. Wright Mills, Newton Minow, Lewis Mumford, Gunnar Myrdal, Robert E. Park, Hortense Powdermaker, Saul Rae, Stuart Rice, David Riesman, John W. Riley, James Rorty, Edward Sapir, David Sarnoff, Herbert Schiller, Wilbur Schramm, Dallas Smythe, Hans Speier, Leila A. Sussmann, Sidney Verba, Norbert Wiener, Malcolm Willey, Louis Wirth, R. Richard Wohl, and Charles Wright.

Table Of Contents:

Introduction: Mass Communication and American Social Thought: Key Texts, 1919-1968

Part I From Hope To Disillusionment: Mass Communication Theory Coalesces, 1919-1933
  1. "The Process of Social Change," from Political Science Quarterly (1897) by Charles Horton Cooley
  2. "The House of Dreams," from The Spirit of Youth and the City Streets (1909) by Jane Addams
  3. From Winesburg, Ohio (1919) by Sherwood Anderson
  4. From Introduction to the Science of Sociology (1921) by Robert Ezra Park and Ernest W. Burgess
  5. "Nature, Communication, and Meaning," from Experience and Nature (1925) by John Dewey
  6. "The Disenchanted Man," from The Phantom Public (1925) by Walter Lippman
  7. "Criteria of Negro Art," from Crisis Magazine (1926) by W.E.B. Du Bois
  8. "The Results of Propaganda," from Propaganda Technique in the World War (1927) by Harold Dwight Lasswell
  9. "Manipulating Public Opinion: The Why and the How" (1928) by Edward L. Bernays
  10. From Middletown: A Study in Contemporary American Culture (1929) by Robert S. Lynd and Helen Merrell Lynd
  11. "Communication," from Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences (1931) by Edward Sapir
Part II The World In Turmoil: Communications Research, 1933-1949
  1. "Conclusion," from Movies and Conduct (1933) by Herbert Blumer
  2. "The Integration of Communication," from Communication Agencies and Social Life (1933) by Malcolm M. Willey and Stuart A. Rice
  3. "Toward a Critique of Negro Music," from Opportunity (1934) by Alain Locke
  4. From Technics and Civilization (1934) by Lewis Mumford
  5. "The Business Nobody Knows," from Our Master's Voice (1934) by James Rorty
  6. "The Influence of Radio upon Mental and Social Life," from The Psychology of Radio (1935) by Hadley Cantril and Gordon W. Allport
  7. "Foreword," from Public Opinion Quarterly (1937)
  8. "Human Interest Stories and Democracy," from Public Opinion Quarterly (1937) by Helen MacGill Hughes
  9. From The Fine Art of Propaganda (1939) by Alfred McLung Lee and Elizabeth Briant Lee
  10. "A Powerful, Bold, and Unmeasurable Party?" from The Pulse of Democracy (1940) by George Gallup and Saul Rae
  11. "Democracy in Reverse," from Public Opinion Quarterly (1940) by Robert S. Lynd
  12. "Needed Research in Communication," from the Rockefeller Archives (1940) by Lyman Bryson, et al.
  13. "On Borrowed Experience: An Analysis of Listening to Daytime Sketches," from Studies in Philosophy and Social Science (1941) by Herta Herzog
  14. "Art and Mass Culture," from Studies in Philosophy and Social Science (1941) by Max Horkheimer
  15. "Administrative and Critical Communications Research," from Studies in Philosophy and Social Science(1941) by Paul F. Lazarsfeld
  16. "The Popular Music Industry," from Radio Research 1941 (1942) by Duncan MacDougald, Jr.
  17. From Dialectic of Enlightenment (1944) by Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno
  18. "Nazi Propaganda and Violence," from German Radio Propaganda (1944) by Ernst Kris and Hans Speier
  19. "Biographies in Popular Magazines," from Radio Research 1942-1943 (1944) by Leo Lowenthal
  20. "The Negro Press," from An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy (1944) by Gunnar Myrdal
  21. "A Social Critique of Radio Music," from the Kenyon Review (1945) by Theodor W. Adorno
  22. "The Social and Cultural Context," from Mass Persuasion (1946) by Robert K. Merton
  23. "The Requirements," from A Free and Responsible Press (1947) by Hutchins Commission
  24. "Mass Media," from UNESCO: Its Philosophy and Purpose (1947) by Julian Sorrell Huxley
  25. "The Enormous Radio," from The Enormous Radio and Other Stories (1947) by John Cheever
  26. "Mass Communication, Popular Taste, and Organized Social Action," from The Communication of Ideas(1948) by Paul F. Lazarsfeld and Robert K. Merton
  27. Table from "Communication Research and the Social Psychologist," from Current Trends in Social Psychology(1948) by Paul F. Lazarsfeld
  28. "Information, Language, and Society," from Cybernetics: Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine (1948) by Norbert Wiener
  29. "Consensus and Mass Communication," from American Sociological Review (1948) by Louis Wirth
  30. "What 'Missing the Newspaper' Means," from Communications Research (1949) by Bernard Berelson
Part III The American Dream And Its Discontents: Mass Communication Theory, 1949-1968
  1. "Industrialism and Cultural Values," from The Bias of Communication (1950) by Harold Innis
  2. "Emerging from Magic," from Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1950) by Hortense Powdermaker
  3. "Storytellers as Tutors in technique," from The Lonely Crowd (1950) by David Riesman, with Reuel Denney and Nathan Glazer
  4. "Our Next Frontier. . .Transoceanic TV," from Look (1950) by David Sarnoff
  5. "Communication in the Sovietized State, as Demonstrated in Korea," from Public Opinion Quarterly (1951) by Wilbur Schramm and John W. Riley, Jr.
  6. "The Consumer's Stake in Radio and Television," from Quarterly of Film, Radio and Television (1951) by Dallas Smythe
  7. "The Unique Perspective of Television and Its Effect," from American Sociological Review (1952) by Kurt Lang and Galdys Engel Lang
  8. "Technology and Political Change," from International Journal (1952) by Marshall McLuhan
  9. "A Theory of Mass Culture," from Diogenes (1953) by Dwight Macdonald
  10. "Sight, Sound, and Fury," from Commonweal (1954) by Marshall McLuhan
  11. "Between Media and Mass," from Personal Influence (1955) by Elihu Katz and Paul F. Lazarsfeld
  12. "The Theory of Mass Society: A Critique," from Commentary (1956) by Daniel Bell
  13. "Mass Communication and Para-Social Interaction: Observations on Intimacy at a Distance," from Psychiatry(1956) by Donald Horton and R. Richard Wohl
  14. "The Mass Society," from The Power Elite (1956) by C. Wright Mills
  15. "FDR and the White House Mail," Public Opinion Quarterly (1956) by Leila A. Sussmann
  16. "Notes on a Natural History of Fads," from American Journal of Sociology (1957) by Rolf Meyersohn and Elihu Katz
  17. "Mass Communication and Socio-cultural Integration," from Social Forces (1958) by Warren Breed
  18. "Modernizing Styles of Life: A Theory," from The Passing of Traditional Society (1958) by Daniel Lerner
  19. "The Social-Anatomy of the Romance-Confession Cover Girl," from Journalism Quarterly (1959) by George Gerbner
  20. "The State of Communication Research," from Public Opinion Quarterly (1959) by Bernard Berelson
  21. "The State of Communication Research: Comments," from Public Opinion Quarterly (1959) by Wilbur Schramm, David Riesman, and Raymond Bauer
  22. "What is Mass Communication?" from Mass Communication: A Sociological Perspective (1959) by Charles R. Wright
  23. "Social Theory and Mass Media," from Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science (1961) by Thelma McCormack
  24. "Television and Public Interest" (1961) by Newton Minow
  25. "The Kennedy Assassination and the Nature of Political Commitment," from The Kennedy Assassination and the American Public (1965) by Sidney Verba
  26. "TV Overseas:The U.S. Hard Sell," from The Nation (1966) by Herbert Schiller
  27. "Aggressiveness in Advanced Industrial Societies," from Negations (1968) by Herbert Marcuse
  1. Afterword and Acknowledgements
  2. Other Readers and Historical Collections in American Mass Communication Study and Related Subjects
  3. Suggested Films
  4. Select Supplementary Reading List
  5. The Intellectual History of North American Media Studies, 1919-1968: A Selected Bibliography

Politics, Social Networks, and the History of Mass Communications Research: Re-Reading Personal Influencebook cover
The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 608 (November, 2006), available as an individual volume through Sage, or
ISBN 9781412950930

Since its publication in 1955, Elihu Katz and Paul Lazarsfeld's Personal Influence: The Part Played by People in the Flow of Mass Communications has been one of the most influential and widely cited works in media and communications research. In this volume, leading scholars from three generations revisit this classic and controversial text. They reveal its repressed contexts; its unintentional consequences; and its continued relevance for understanding media, consumption, citizenship, and networks of interpersonal influence today.

As a whole, the volume brings contemporary thinking and state-of-the-art research into new conversation with the problematics and personalities that dominated the field during a key period in its development. In a masterful Afterword, Katz responds to his critics, contextualizers, and those who find things praiseworthy in his classic work.

James Curran, Professor of Communication, Goldsmith’s College, University of London

This is a fascinating volume that does several things at once. It is a biography of a famous study, and the era and context that produced it. It is an intellectual history of ideas. And it is a book about central ideas in contemporary media research and social science. If only there were more books like this—original and utterly different.

Craig Calhoun, President, Social Science Research Council, and University Professor of the Social Sciences, New York University

The classic Katz and Lazarsfeld volume Personal Influence deserves historical attention because it shaped the whole field of communication studies. Simonson and his contributors address this superbly; but go beyond it to engage basic questions of theory, method, the nature of intellectual fields, and the practical significance of research. This is a very valuable contribution.

Reviewed by Jennifer Platt, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 45:1 (2009), 80-81.

The volume arose from a 2005 conference at Columbia University, co-sponsored by the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania: more here.

Table Of Contents:
  1. Peter Simonson, Introduction
  2. John H. Summers, Perpetual Revolutions: C. Wright Mills and Paul Lazarsfeld
  3. Susan J. Douglas, Personal Influence and the Bracketing of Women’s History
  4. David E. Morrison, The Influences Influencing Personal Influence
  5. Gertrude J. Robinson, The Katz/Lowenthal Encounter: An Episode in the Creation of Personal Influence
  6. John Durham Peters, The Part Played by Gentiles in the Flow of Mass Communications: On the Ethnic Utopia of Personal Influence
  7. Paddy Scannell, Personal Influence and the End of the Masses
  8. Jefferson Pooley, Fifteen Pages that Shook the Field: Personal Influence, Edward Shils, and the Remembered History of Mass Communication Research
  9. Kurt Lang and Gladys Engel Lange, Personal Influence and the New Paradigm: Some Inadvertent Consequences
  10. Thelma McCormack, As Time Goes By
  11. Michael Schudson, The Troubling Equivalence of Citizen and Consumer
  12. Lawrence B. Glickman, The Consumer and the Citizen in Personal Influence
  13. W. Lance Bennett and Jarol B. Manheim, The One-Step Flow of Communication
  14. Sonia Livingstone, The Influence of Personal Influence on the Study of Audiences
  15. Nick Couldry and Tim Markham, Public Connection through Media Consumption: Between Oversocialization and De-Socialization?
  16. Charles Kadushin, Personal Influence: A Radical Theory of Action
  17. Robert Hornik: Personal Influence and the Effects of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign
  18. Elihu Katz, True Stories

Mass Persuasion: The Social Psychology of a War Bond Drivebook cover
Robert K. Merton, with Marjorie Fiske and Alberta Curtis, Mass Persuasion: The Social Psychology of a War Bond Drive (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1946). Republished with a new Introduction by Peter Simonson (New York: Howard Fertig Publishers, 2003).
ISBN 978-0865274402

Mass Persuasion is a classic study of the popular entertainer Kate Smith and her 18-hour radio marathon to sell war bonds during World War II. It is at once a pioneering and unique effort in the cultural study of media, and a snapshot into the social history of an era.

Merton and his research team interview women fans of Smith, unpack ideological dimensions of her appeal, and offer a probing analysis of patriotism and propaganda in times of war.


  • “Herta Herzog and the Founding Mothers of Communication Research,” in Josef Seethaler and Elisabeth Klaus, eds., What Do We Really Know About Herta Herzog?. Forthcoming. 
  • “Robert K. Merton.” Oxford Bibliographies Online (with Stephanie Hartzell). Forthcoming. 
  • “Gender, Work, and the History of Communication Research: Figures, Formations, and Flows” (Co-authored with Karen Lee Ashcraft), in Peter Simonson and David W. Park, eds. The International History of Communication Study. New York: Routledge, 2016), 47-68. Read the PDF
  • “Comparative Rhetoric as Pedagogical and Cultural Topic,” Rhetoric Review 34.3 (2015), 260-262. Part of a forum edited by LuMing Mao and Bo Wang, “Manifesting a Future for Comparative Rhetoric”. Read the PDF
  • “Reinventing Invention, Again.”  Rhetoric Society Quarterly 44.4 (2014), 299-322. Read the PDF
  • “Rhetoric as a Sociological Problem.” Argumentation and Advocacy 50 (2014) 242-252. Read the PDF
  • “Rhetoric, Culture, Things,” Review Essay. Quarterly Journal of Speech. 100.1 (2014), 105-125. Read the PDF
  • “The Founding Mothers of Communication Research: Toward a History of a Gendered Assemblage.” Co-authored with Allison Rowland, Critical Studies in Media Communication 31 (2014), 3-26. Read the PDF
  • “On Digital Religious Eloquence and Other Rhetorical Pathways to Thinking about Media and Religion,” in Knut Lundy, ed., Religion across Media (New York: Peter Lang, 2013), 87-104. Read the PDF
  • “The Rise and Fall of the Limited Effects Model,” in John Nerone, ed., Media History and the Foundations of Media Studies (Cambridge: Blackwell, 2013), 632-656. Read the PDF
  • “Charles Horton Cooley and the Origins of U.S. Communication Study in Political Economy,” Democratic Communiqué 25.1 (2012). Read the PDF
  • “Happiness and Unhappiness at the Bureau: The Gendered Ecology of Classic Media Research,” International Journal of Communication 6 (2012), 1277-1289. Read the PDF
  • “Our Places in a Rhetorical Century,” Keynote Address, Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute, Boulder, CO. July, 2011. Read the PDF
  • “A Cultural Sociology of Rhetoric: Hugh Duncan’s Forgotten Corpus.” In Reengaging the Prospects of Rhetoric: Current Conversations and Contemporary Challenges. Mark J. Porrovecchio, Ed. Routledge: New York, 2010, 112-131. In Hardback or Paperback
  • “The Streets of Laredo: Mercurian Rhetoric and the Obama Campaign.” Western Journal of Communication 74:1 (2010), 94-126. Read the PDF
  • "Merton’s Sociology of Rhetoric," in Craig Calhoun, ed., Robert K. Merton: Sociological Theory and the Sociology of Science. New York: Columbia University Press, (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010), 214-252. Read the PDF
  • "Writing Figures in the Field: William McPhee, and the Parts Played by People in Our Histories of Media Research," in David W. Park and Jefferson Pooley, eds., The History of Media and Communication Research: Contested Memories. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.
  • "Leaves of Grass, the County Fair, and Ken Cmiel: Three Places to Look for the Democratic Style,"unpublished manuscript (spring, 2008). Read the PDF
  • "History of Media Research, before 1968" (with John Durham Peters), in Wolfgang Donsbach, ed.International Encyclopedia of Communication, Vol. II (Oxford: Blackwell, 2008), 764-771. Read the PDF
  • "Public Image, Celebrity, and American Political Life: Re-reading Robert Merton’s Mass Persuasion," Political Communication 23 (2006), 271-284. Read the PDF
  • "The Serendipity of Merton’s Communication Research," International Journal of Public Opinion Research 17:3 (2005), 277-297. Read the PDF
  • "A Rhetoric for Polytheistic Democracy: Walt Whitman’s ‘Poem of Many in One.’" Philosophy and Rhetoric 36:4 (2004), 353-375.  Read the PDF
  • "Bioethics and the Rituals of Media." The Hastings Center Report 32,1 (2002), 32-39. Read the PDF
  • "Critical Research at Columbia: Lazarsfeld and Merton's ‘Mass Communication, Popular Taste, and Organized Social Action’" (Peter Simonson and Gabriel Weimann), in Elihu Katz, John D. Peters, Tamar Liebes, and Avril Orloff (eds.), Canonic Texts in Media Research: Are There Any? Should There Be? How About These? (Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2003), 12-38. 
  • "Social Noise and Segmented Rhythms: News, Entertainment, and Celebrity in the Crusade for Animal Rights." The Communication Review 4 (2001) 399-420. Read the PDF
  • "Varieties of Pragmatism and Communication: Visions and Revisions from Peirce to Peters," in David Perry (Ed.), Pragmatism and Communication Research. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2001, 1-26. Read the PDF
  • "Rabbit Suits and Sailor Tongues," The Hastings Center Report 28, 4 (1998): 1. A vignette comparing the headquarters of two kinds of moral activist organizations, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Hasting Center for Bioethics. Read the PDF
  • "Dreams of Democratic Togetherness: Communication Hope from Cooley to Katz," Critical Studies in Mass Communication 13 (1996) 324-342. Read the PDF
  • "Muddy Waters: An Interview with Stanley Fish," (with Katy Stavreva). Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies 14 (1995), 80-90. Read the PDF

I had the pleasure of helping produce two documentary films and creating a website on the history of women in media research. Thanks to generous funding from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, both films are available for free download. Both are potentially useful materials for undergraduate or graduate courses in the history of media, media theory, and the history of the field of communication. Each film excavates key episodes in the history of social research on media, propaganda, and mass communication during its formative period in the mid-20th century.

Out Of The Question: Women, Media, And The Art Of Inquiry

Naomi McCormack, Producer and DirectorOut of Question poster
Peter Simonson, Executive Producer, Research Director, Interviewer
Released 2009 (August)

To download a copy of the film or explore additional resources on the history of women in media and communication research visit

A 38-minute documentary film featuring five women who did pioneering work in media research in the 1940s and after. Thelma Ehrlich Anderson, Joan Doris Goldhamer, Gladys Engel Lang, Thelma Herman McCormack, and Yole Granata Sills share personal stories that illuminate the experiences of a generation, narrate history from the margins of a founding moment in communication research, and reflect upon women, media, and the art of inquiry in ways that still resonate today. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Naomi McCormack has created an elegant and compelling documentary, well suited for undergraduates or graduate students.

The Long Road To Decatur: The Making Of Personal Influence

Glenda Balas, Director and ProducerLong Road poster
Peter Simonson, Executive Producer, Interviewer
Released 2007

To view a downloadable copy of the film, visit

A 28-minute documentary film telling the story of a classic and controversial book, the institutions and geographical places where it took shape, and three famous sociologists who played important roles in it: Paul Lazarsfeld, C. Wright Mills, and Elihu Katz. An important episode in the history of media and communication research, as told from competing perspectives on one of its institutional centers—Columbia University’s Bureau for Applied Social Research, 1944-1955. An accessible classroom documentary focused on the origins and tangled history of Katz and Lazarsfeld’sPersonal Influence, and the rise of the ‘limited-effects model’ of mass communication.


First Place for Documentary, National Federation of Press Women (2008); First Place for Documentary, New Mexico Press Women (2008); Honorable Mention, Hermes Creative Awards (2008); Gold Award, International AVA Awards (2007) 

I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in rhetoric, social and cultural theory, and the history of communication. I love teaching--in seminars, large-lectures, one-on-one advising, and through helping graduate instructors with their own teaching. I have advised a number of MA and PhD students at Colorado and the University of Pittsburgh and served on many more committees across several disciplines (details are on my c.v.). I’ve also been fortunate to have the opportunities to help establish speaking across the curriculum programs at two institutions, and I have continuing interests in rhetorical pedagogies.


  • Rhetoric and Democratic Theory PDF
  • Communication History (co-taught with Janice Peck) PDF
  • Contemporary Rhetorical Theory: Rhetoric and Culture PDF
  • Rhetorical Places (team-taught with John Ackerman) PDF
  • Social and Cultural Theory: Pragmatism and Its Rivals PDF
  • Contemporary Rhetorical Criticism: Rhetoric and Religion PDF
  • Readings in Rhetoric (content changes regularly—here are examples: fall 2008fall 2011 and fall 2014)
  • The Rhetorical Century: Rhetoric and American Life PDF


  • Concepts and Creativity: Conversation (Module for CMCI first-year course) PDF
  • Senior Seminar: Rhetoric and Culture PDF
  • Rhetorical Foundations of Communication PDF
  • Perspectives on Human Communication PDF