ceccarelliLeah Ceccarelli: I consider myself a rhetorical critic and theorist with a primary interest in the rhetoric of science and a secondary interest in metacritical issues surrounding rhetorical inquiry as a mode of scholarship. Like many rhetoricians, my work fits equally well in the subfields of public address and argumentation. Because of my interest in rhetoric of science, I’m active in the university’s science studies community. I also co-edit a book series sponsored by the Rhetoric Society of America and Penn State University Press called Transdisciplinary Rhetoric. I think rhetoric has much to contribute outside its current disciplinary homes in Communication and English and so I’m eager to help others recognize its value.
harold75x100Christine Harold:  I began studying rhetoric as an undergraduate student and was immediately drawn to its rich history and possibilities.  I have always seen rhetoric as both an object of study and a perspective, or way of seeing and listening, that I now bring to the wide variety of the “texts” I encounter everyday—buildings, advertisements, political speeches, or conversations overheard at the bus stop.   My focus in my research and much of my teaching centers around the tensions between the rhetorics of the market (PR, advertising, branding) and the rhetorics of civic or community life.  Recently, I focus on the cultural politics of consumerism and the ways in which we communicate through the material objects we make, collect, and consume.
James Jasinski: My primary appointment is at the University of Puget Sound, but I have an affiliate appointment in the UW Communication department, where I occasionally work with graduate students and serve on graduate committees. I’m a rhetorician whose teaching and research focuses on rhetorical criticism and public argument. I’m best-known for my 2001 book Sourcebook on Rhetoric: Key Concepts in Contemporary Rhetorical Studies (Sage), but I’ve authored or co-authored over two dozen essays, monographs, and book chapters on such topics as Martin Luther King’s (1967) Riverside Church speech against the Vietnam war, Henry Highland Garnet’s (1843) “Address to the Slaves,” and language and voice strategies in The Federalist Papers. My research and teaching at present focuses largely on constitutional argument, especially regarding race and education. I currently serve as editor of Rhetoric Society Quarterly.
mcgarrity75x100Matt McGarrity:  I first became interested in rhetoric through public speaking. I had done a fair bit of speaking, speech competing, and comedy before starting in the rhetoric program at Indiana University. It was during my time at Indiana University that I became deeply interested in rhetorical theory and criticism. But it wasn’t until I started coaching the IU speech team that my interest in classical rhetoric began to have a more meaning. There are many ways to engage and study rhetoric, but my primary path is through public speaking. Since coming to UW, I have continued to develop my interest and abilities in rhetoric and speech through writing and teaching.
LeiLani Nishime: I primarily engage with rhetoric through the critical rhetorics of race. This approach to the communication of racial difference allows me to apply my training in English literature and ethnic studies to a range of cultural objects. The rhetorics of visual culture is a particular interest of mine as I study the representation of Asians and Asian Americans across mainstream media such as television, fashion, and advertising and through the subcultural production of racial representations in film, museums, and comics.
Michael Souders 75x100Mick Souders: I direct the department’s debate team, known as the University of Washington Debate Union. Prior to coming to the University of Washington, I was a part of the coaching staff of the team that won the intercollegiate National Debate Tournament (NDT) and I’ve coached some of the best collegiate debate competitors in the nation. My scholarship focuses on emergent religious rhetoric as both evidence of and a driving force in changing social conditions and value structures. I teach in the areas of argumentation and rhetoric, and serve on the Board of Directors for the Washington Debate Coalition.

Graduate Students

Graduate Student Placements

  • Miles Coleman, Instructor of Digital Cultures, Seattle University
  • Pamela Pietrucci, Postdoctoral Fellow, Northeastern University, Boston
  • Lauren [Archer] Kolodziejski,  Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Anjali Vats, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Communication, Boston College
  • ML Veden, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Arkansas
  • Ben Crosby, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Iowa State University
  • Julie Homchick, Instructor, Department of Communication, Seattle University
  • Nancy Bixler, Adjunct Faculty, Skagit Valley College
  • Nate Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of South Florida
  • Elizabeth Scherman, Communications Instructor, Bates College, Tacoma
  • Jamie Moshin, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Media Studies, Co-director of Forensics, Marietta College, Ohio
  • Sheryl Cunningham, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio
  • Mark Hungerford, Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of New Hampshire
  • Yun Ding, Associate Professor, Department of English, Tennessee Tech University
  • Danielle Endres, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Utah
  • Jeff St. John, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Maine
  • Jen Peeples, Professor, Communication Studies, Utah State University
  • Aimee Carrillo-Rowe, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, Cal State Northridge
  • James Janack, Associate Professor, Communication, Eckerd College
  • Sue Balter-Reitz, Professor, Communication, Montana State University, Billings
  • Michael L. Bruner, Professor, Communication, Georgia State University, Atlanta
  • Cheryl Jorgensen-Earp, Professor, Communication Studies, Lynchburg College
  • Robert Reid, Professor, Communication, University of Dubuque

Rhetoric Society of America

rhetoric society of america logoRSA @ UW is a local student chapter of the national Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) organization. This chapter hosts a number of events throughout the year with the aim of bringing together scholars from across campus with an interest in rhetoric. RSA @ UW hosts quarterly reading discussions, professional and pedagogical development events, research & writing workshops, and informal social gatherings. Whether you are a die-hard rhetorical scholar who eats and breaths persuasion or you are mildly interested in trying to figure out what, exactly, counts as rhetoric, you should join us for one of our events. If you would like to be added to the RSA mailing list so that you can receive updates about upcoming events, please visit https://mailman11.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/rsaatuw.