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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of English Language and Literature

Faculty and Staff Directory

Jonathan Edwards

Senior Instructor
Department of English Language and Literature

Office: HUO 420


   PhD, Northwestern University
   MA, Central Michigan University
   BA, Indiana University – Indianapolis

Areas of Specialization 

   Political Communication
   Religion and Public Culture
   Rhetorical Criticism

Recently Taught Courses 

SPCH 387       Introduction to Rhetoric
SPCH 230       Business and Professional Speaking
SPCH 260       Argumentation and Debate
SPCH 140       Introduction to Public Communication
SCHC 158       Honors Rhetoric

Professional Accolades 

Graduate Dissertation Award in Communication Studies, Northwestern University, Department of Communication, 2011

Current Research Projects 

My research brings together work in rhetorical criticism and political theory in order to explore the tensions between religious and secular speech and to illuminate practical questions of judgment and civic engagement. Most recently, I have been focused on the historical emergence of American Christian fundamentalist rhetoric and the political effects of homeland security narratives on American Muslim communities.

Selected Publications 

   Superchurch: The Rhetoric and Politics of American Fundamentalism (Michigan State University Press, 2015)

   “Figuring Radicalization: Congressional Narratives of Homeland Security and American Muslim Communities,” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 12, no. 1 (2015): 102-20.
   “Countersymbols and the Constitution of Resistance in American Fundamentalism, 1919 – 1922,” Rhetoric and Public Affairs 17, no. 3 (2014): 421-54.
   “Calvin and Hobbes: Trinity, Authority, and Community,” Philosophy and Rhetoric 42, no. 2 (2009), 115-33.