Rhetorical Leadership Faculty
Kathryn M. Olson, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Professor Olson studies the rhetoric of social controversies and movements as well as more traditional political communication. Her special interests include the formation of new communities through rhetoric and analyzing everyday, nearly transparent rhetorical choices that reinforce or challenge existing power structures.
John Jordan, Ph.D., University of Georgia
Professor Jordan researches the intersection between rhetoric and technology in strategic communication situations, as well as how people are motivated through rhetorical language to make and understand decisions that may initially seem counter-intuitive or even impossible. His specific research focuses on e-commerce strategies, online community dynamics, presidential interpretations of national technology goals, and public dissemination of messages about technology.
William Keith, Ph.D., University of Texas
Professor Keith is a nationally recognized authority on the history of speech teaching in the 20th century, as well as the uses of argumentation and discussion in public forums and popular democracy. He is particularly interested in how people create and sustain democratic relationships through argumentation.
Leslie J. Harris, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Professor Harris studies rhetoric in public culture, especially as it pertains to representations of gender. Her specific research focus is on nineteenth-century representations of motherhood and family in legal, political, and social contexts. Professor Harris' background is in rhetorical criticism, rhetorical history, and argument theory.