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Department of English Language and Literature

Faculty and Staff Directory

Jonathan Edwards

Title: Senior Instructor
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Email: edwardjj@mailbox.sc.edu
Office:

HUO 420

Resources: English Language and Literature
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Education 

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 

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

SELECTED ARTICLES
    “Is Trump Also Among the Fundamentalists? Religious Freedom and the Fight to Repeal the Johnson Amendment,” in The Rhetoric of Religious Freedom in the United States, ed. Eric C. Miller (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017), 201-15
    “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

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS
    “Plain Speech, Political Correctness, and the Rhetoric of ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism,’” Paper delivered at the Biannual Meeting of the Rhetoric Society of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2018
    Roundtable on Rhetoric and Religion at RSA, Invited panelist at the Biannual Meeting of the Rhetoric Society of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2018
    “Betraying the Feminine: Phyllis Schlafly, Countersymbols, and STOP-ERA,” Paper delivered at the Biannual Meeting of the Rhetoric Society of America, Atlanta, Georgia, May 2016
    “Race, Rights, and Taxes: Bob Jones University and the Rhetoric of Religious Conservatism in the 1970s,” Paper delivered at the Biannual Meeting of the Rhetoric Society of America, Atlanta, Georgia, May 2016
    “A Rhetorical History of American Radicalization: Homeland Security and Political Agency, 1867 - 2012,” Paper delivered at the Biannual Meeting of the Rhetoric Society of America, San Antonio, Texas, May 2014
    “Superchurch Fundamentalism and the Paradox of Politics in Jerry Falwell’s ‘Church at Antioch,’” Paper delivered at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Orlando, Florida, November 2012
    “TEA Parties and the Tropes of Evangelical Civic Identity,” Paper delivered at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, San Francisco, California, November 2010
    “Almost a Family: Rhetoric and Politics in the American Megachurch,” Paper delivered at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, San Francisco, California, November 2010
    “‘Return to Civility’: Rick Warren Re-Imagining the American Presidency,” Paper delivered at the AFC/SCA Conference on Argumentation, Alta, Utah, August 2009


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