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Dr. Mari Lee Mifsud
Professor of Rhetoric
Program Coordinator, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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Grants and Fellowships

Awarded Visiting International Educator Grant for Spring 2015 to bring in Dr. Petra Aczél, Director of the Institute for Behavioral and Communication Studies, Corvinus University of Budapest. 2014

University of Richmond Summer Fellowship, “Rhetoric and the Gift.” 2013

University of Richmond Summer Fellowship, “Rhetorical Imagination in a Homeric Figure.” 2012

Selected Participant in Giambattista Vico, The Humanist Tradition, Emory University, Institute for the History of Philosophy, Directed by Donald Phillip Verene. 2011

University of Richmond PETE Summer Grant, new course development, “Introduction to Rhetorical Theory.” 2011

University of Richmond Summer Fellowship, “Rhetoric and Civic Life.” 2009

University of Richmond Summer Fellowship for “Rhetoric, Democracy, Economy.” 2005

PETE Summer Stipend, “Rhetoric and Law.” 2004

University of Richmond Summer Fellowship for Encountering Homeric Rhetoric. 2001

University of Richmond PETE Grant for revisions of History of Public Address. 1999

University of Richmond Faculty Research Grant, Newberry Library Research. 1999

University of Richmond Faculty Enrichment Grant for summer travel to India. 1999

University of Richmond Travel Grant, Ontario Society for the Study of Argument Conference. 1999

Visiting Educator Grant, Whitman College. Awarded to bring Henry W. Johnstone, Jr., Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Classics, and co-founder and editor of the journal Philosophy and Rhetoric. Co-sponsored with the Department of Classics. 1998

Johnston Visiting Endowed Chair, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Public Address, Whitman College. 1997

Dissertation Support Grant. PSU College of Liberal Arts. $1500 awarded for the leasing of the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae CD-ROM and purchase of Pandora Search Software. 1995

Awards
Visiting Scholar, Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University, planned for spring 2016.

Visiting Scholar, University of Copenhagen, Department of Media, Communication, and Cognition. 2013. Lead a graduate faculty seminar on my published research. Presented a public lecture to the University on “Rhetoric and the Gift.”

University of Richmond Commencement, Honored as faculty mentor for Christopher “Buddy” Cassidy, a top honors award winner in the senior class, 2011

Visiting Scholar, Emory University Philosophy Department, Giambattista Vico Institute, reading Homer and Rhetoric in The New Science, hosted by Donald Phillip Verene, May 2010

University of Richmond Distinguished Educator Award, 2008

University of Richmond Commencement, Honored as faculty mentor for Viola Trebicka, the top honors award winner in the senior class and Mace carrier, 2004

Inducted into Academic Hall of Fame, Mercer Area Junior and Senior High School, 1985 graduate, 2002

Sigma Phi Epsilon Honored Teacher, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, Keynote Speaker 2001

Delta Delta Delta Sorority Honor for Excellence in Teaching 1999, 2000

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Honor for Excellence in Teaching 1999

American Society for the History of Rhetoric Service Award 1998

Outstanding Dissertation Award, Rhetoric and Deliberation in Homer, American Society for the History of Rhetoric, 1997.

Outstanding Student Paper Award, "Telemachus Learns to Deliberate," ASHR, NCA. 1996

Outstanding Student Paper Award, "Plato's Rhetorical Psykê," ASHR, NCA. 1995

Gorden Hostettler Scholarship. $1000. Top Graduate Student Honor. CSU. 1991
Presentations

“On Homer and Historiography in Rhetorical Studies: A Response to Nathan Crick, Rhetoric and Power,” paper on competitively selected panel, American Society for the History of Rhetoric, National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, 11/15

“On Net-work in Ancient Greek Myth and Rhetoric,” paper on competitively selected panel, Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, 11/15.

“Rhetoric and the Gift,” Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University Visiting Scholar, fall 2015, scheduling in process.

“Theorizing Homeric Rhetoric: An Alloiostrophic Performance,” Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, National Communication Association, Chicago 11/14

“Exploring Rhetoric Beyond Techne: On Henry Johnstone, Homer, and the History of Rhetoric,” Rhetoric Society of American Conference, San Antonio, 5/14

“Rhetoric as Gift/Giving: Exploring Homeric Myth in Aristotle’s Rhetorical Theory,” paper on competitively selected panel, American Society for the History of Rhetoric, National Communication Association, Washington D.C. 11/13

“Homeric Alloiosis: A Rhetorical Style for Inventing Another Way,” paper on competitively selected panel, Rhetoric and Communication Theory Division, NCA, Washington D.C., 11/13

“Rhetoric and the Gift,” University of Copenhagen Visiting Scholar Lecture, Department of Media, Communication, and Cognition. 10/13.

“Exploring Homeric and Aristotelian Cultures of Rhetorical Citizenship.” Rhetoric in Society Conference 4, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 1/13

“Pluck Away the Parasites! The Rhetoric of Weaving as Ruling in Lysistrata 567-586,” American Society for the History of Rhetoric, National Communication Association, Orlando Fl., 11/12

“Rhetorics of Exception: A Critique of Aristotle.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Philadelphia, PA. 5/12

“Gift Rhetoric in Polis Culture: Lysistrata’s Appeals to Mutual Benefaction.” American Society for the History of Rhetoric, Panel Presentation. National Communication Association Convention. New Orleans, LA. 11/11

“Genuine Discourse: Jane Sutton’s The House of My Sojourn: Rhetoric, Women, and the Question of Authority.” Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, Panel Presentation and Organizer. National Communication Association Convention. 11/11

“Questions of Method in Homeric Rhetoric,” Rhetoric and Communication Studies Forum. 4/11

“The Exception(al) and Rhetorics of Non-Sovereignty: A Critique of Aristotle.” Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric. Montreal. 6/10

Memberships
American Society for the History of Rhetoric
International Society for the History of Rhetoric
Rhetoric Society of America
National Communication Association
Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation
International Association for Greek Philosophy
Publications
Books
Mifsud, Mari Lee. July 2015. Rhetoric and the Gift: Ancient Rhetorical Theory and Contemporary Communication. Philosophy & Communication Series. Duquesne University Press.
Sutton, Jane, and Mari Lee Mifsud. April 2015. A Revolution of Tropes: Alloiostrophic Rhetoric. Baltimore: Lexington Scholars Books.
Articles
Sutton, Jane and Mari Lee Mifsud. 2012. “Towards an Alloiostrophic Rhetoric.” Advances in the History of Rhetoric. 15.2: 222-232.
Mifsud, Mari Lee.  2007.   “On Rhetoric as Gift/Giving.”  Philosophy and Rhetoric. 40.1: 89-107.
Mifsud, Mari Lee, Jane S. Sutton, and Lindsey Fox. 2005. "Configurations:  Encountering Ancient Athenian Spaces of Rhetoric, Democracy, and Woman." Journal for International Women's Studies.  7:2, 36-52.
Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2004.  "Oh Popoi! Henry Johnstone, Homer, and the History of Rhetoric." Communication Annual:  Journal of the Pennsylvania Communication Association.  Vol.  60, 73-90.
Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2003.  "The Figure of Homer in the Rhetorical Structure of Vico's Pedagogy."  New Vico Studies. 20, 37-44.
Sutton, Jane and Mari Lee Mifsud. 2002.  "Figuring Rhetoric:  From Antistrophe to Apostrophe through Catastrophe."  Rhetoric Society Quarterly. 32.4, 29-49.
Mifsud, Mari Lee and Scott Johnson. 2000.  "Dialogic, Dialectic, and Rhetoric:  Exploring Human Dialogue Across the Discipline."  Southern Communication Journal.   65.2-3, 91-104
Mifsud, Mari Lee. 1998. "On the Idea of Reflexive Rhetoric in Homer.” Philosophy and Rhetoric.  35.1:  41-54.
Johnstone, Henry W. and Mari Lee Mifsud. 1999. "Wedge and Bridge:  A Note on the Rhetoric of Distinction and Identification."  Rhetoric Society Quarterly.  29.2:  75-78.
Chapters
In Progress: Mifsud, Mari Lee. “On Net-work in Ancient Greek Myth and Rhetoric.” In Ancient Rhetorics and Digital Networks. Eds. Michele Kennerly and Damien Pfister.
Sutton, Jane and Mari Lee Mifsud. 2015. “Introduction: A Revolution in Tropes,” in A Revolution in Tropes, xi-xxvii.
Sutton, Jane and Mari Lee Mifsud. 2015. “Figuring In/Out Rhetoric: From Antistrophe to Alloiostrophe,” In A Revolution of Tropes, 1-18.
Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2015. “Beyond Syntax and Cities at War: Doing Rhetoric’s History and Theory Alloiostrophically,” in A Revolution in Tropes, 65-82.
Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2014. “On Being a Simple Judge: Exploring Rhetorical Citizenship in Aristotelian and Homeric Rhetorics,” in Rhetorical Citizenship, eds. Lisa Villadsen and Christian Kock. Leiden University Press, 223-238.
Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2009.  "Storytelling as Soul-Tuning: The Ancient Rhetoric of Valmiki's Ramayana."  In Ancient Non-Greek Rhetorics.  Eds. Roberta Binkley and Carol Lipson.  Lauer Series in Rhetoric and Composition.  Eds. Patricia Sullivan and Catherine Hobbs.  Purdue:  Parlor Press,  223-239.
Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2002.  "Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Eros In the Coming of Self-Knowledge."  In Greek Philosophy of Communication.  Ed. Konstantine Boudouris and John Poulakos.  International Center for Greek Philosophy and Culture.  Athens: Ionia Publications.  107-116.
Reviews
Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2015. “Review: Michelle Ballif, Writing Histories of Rhetorical Theory," Rhetoric and Public Affairs 18.2:  398-401.
Education
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Colorado State University
B.A., Thiel College
Contact Information
402-J Weinstein Hall
(804) 287-6513
Areas of Expertise
Rhetorical Theory
Histories and historiographies of rhetoric; Histories and historiographies of ideas
Ancient Greek Rhetorical Theory, Texts, and Culture
Interdisciplinary Studies: rhetoric and writing, philosophy, political theory, women's studies, classics, culture/al studies, science/technology, humanistic inquiry