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College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty and Staff

Jonathan Edwards

Title: Senior Instructor
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences

HUO 420

Resources: Department of English Language and Literature


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 Affairs17, no. 3 (2014): 421-54.

“Calvin and Hobbes: Trinity, Authority, and Community,” Philosophy and Rhetoric 42, no. 2 (2009), 115-33.