Prof. William Keith

William Keith


Office: Curtin Hall 592
Phone: (414) 229-5828
Curriculum Vita: PDF


Ph.D., Speech Communication (University of Texas-Austin; 1986)
M.A., Applied Philosophy (Bowling Green State University; 1982)
B.A., Philosophy (Bowling Green State University; 1980)


My current research focuses on the role of rhetoric and communication in public deliberation, with a focus on the intellectual and pedagogical history of the speech communication field.

Courses Taught:

Commun 103: Public Speaking
Commun 435: Classical Rhetoric
Commun 762: Argumentation in Theory and Practice
Commun 862: Public Deliberation
Commun 900: Philosophy and Practice of Communication
English 750: Classical Rhetoric

Selective Publications:

Keith, William. Forthcoming, 2011). "Façonnant une Public Deliberant: Les "Forums" comme le Education Civique dans les Etats-Unis." In Participatory Democracy: History and Genealogy, Marie-Hélène Bacqué and Yves Sintomer, eds. Paris: La Découverte.

Keith, William. (2010). "Creating Citizens Through Communication Education in the United States" Public Opinion and Accountability: From Inertia to Public Action. Edited by Sina Odugbemi and Taeku Lee. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Keith, William. (2010). "A New Golden Age: Intercollegiate Debate in the 21st Century." In Navigating Opportunity: Policy Debate in the 21st Century, Alan Louden, Editor.

Keith, William. (2008). "On the Origins of Speech as a Discipline: James A. Winans and Public Speaking as Practical Democracy." Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 38, 1-19.

Keith, William and David Beard. (2008). "Toulmin's Rhetorical Logic: What's the Warrant for Warrants?" Philosophy and Rhetoric, 41, 22-50.

Keith, William (2007). Democracy as Discussion: The American Forum Movement and Civic Education. Rowman and Littlefield/Lexington Books.

Keith, William & William Rehg (Forthcoming, 2007). Argumentation in Science and Technology Studies. In O. Amsterdamska, E Hackett, M. Lynch and J. Wajcman (eds.), The Science Studies Handbook. MIT Press.