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Faculty Research Achievements

Rhetoric and Communication Studies faculty are active scholars who publish in peer reviewed journals and books, deliver invited keynotes and distinguished lectures, and present scholarship at international, national, and regional conferences. Their continual engagement with current disciplinary scholarship also entails their work as editorial board members for various prestigious journals in the field, jurists for book awards and conference submissions, and initial reviewers for book manuscripts for university presses as well as reviewers for recently published books.

Department faculty also serve as officers in professional associations nourishing disciplinary scholarship. In addition, faculty not only support independent student research but occasionally collaborate with students on research projects and encourage its presentation in various campus, regional, and national venues.

*Marks publications with UR Undergraduate Students

Timothy Barney. “Richard Edes Harrison and the Cartographic Perspective of Modern Internationalism.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 15 (2012): 397–434 (lead article).

Timothy Barney. (2009). “Power Lines: The Rhetoric of Maps as Social Change in the Post-Cold War Landscape.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 95 (4): 412–34.

Timothy Barney. (2009). “When We Was Red: Good Bye Lenin! and Nostalgia for the ‘Everyday GDR.’” Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies 6 (2): 132–51.

Timothy Barney. (2008). “Adlai E. Stevenson, ‘A New America,’ Acceptance Address at the Democratic National Convention (17 August 1956).” Voices of Democracy 3: 182–204.

Timothy Barney. (2001). “Celebrity, Spectacle, and the Conspiracy Culture of Election 2000.” American Behavioral Scientist 144 (12): 2331–37.

Paul Achter.  (2010) "Unruly Bodies: The Rhetorical Domestication of Twenty-First Century Veterans of War." Quarterly Journal of Speech 96 (1): 46-68.

Paul Achter.  (2009). "Racing Jesse Jackson: Leadership, Masculinity, and the Black Presidency." In Janis Edwards (Ed.), Gender and Political Communication In America: Rhetoric, Representation, and Display. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books): 107-128.



Paul Achter. (2008) "Comedy in unfunny times: News parody and carnival after 9/11." Critical Studies in Media Communication 25 (3): 274-303.


Paul Achter. (2004) "TV, Technology, and McCarthyism: Crafting the democratic renaissance in an age of fear." Quarterly Journal of Speech. 90 (3), pp. 307-326.

Linda Hobgood & Brown, M. "Innovations in the Pursuit of Excellence." Reading in Virginia: Journal of the Virginia State Reading Association (2007-2008), Vol. 30. 23-25.

Linda Hobgood.  "Wisdom to Know the Difference: The Rhetoric of Pat Nixon." Chapter 15 in Inventing a Voice: The Rhetoric of American First Ladies of the Twentieth Century, edited by Molly Meijer Wertheimer.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, Inc., 2004.

Linda Hobgood & Gutgold, N. "A Certain Comfort: Betty Ford as First Lady." Chapter 16 in Inventing a Voice: The Rhetoric of American First Ladies of the Twentieth Century, edited by Molly Meijer Wertheimer.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, Inc., 2004.

Linda Hobgood & Miller, A. (2002) Invite an Administrator: University Administrators as an Audience for Student Presentations. Communication Teacher, Vol. 16,(2).

Linda Hobgood. (2001) Winning With Good Kids. Virginia: The University of Virginia Alumni News Magazine, Winter, 26-31.

Linda Hobgood. (2000) Toward Speaking Proficiency: A Voluntary Approach. Communication Education, 49, Annandale, VA: National Communication Association 339-351.

Scott Johnson., & Williams, L. B. (2005). Deference, denial, & exclusion: Men talk about contraception and unplanned pregnancy. International Journal of Men's Health, 4, 223-242.

Scott Johnson & Miller, A. N. (2002). A Cross-Cultural Study of Immediacy, Credibility, and Learning in the U.S. and Kenya. Communication Education, 51, 280-292.

Scott Johnson & Long, L. (2001). 'Being a part and being apart': A dialectical perspective on group communication. In L. Frey (Ed.), New Directions in Group Communication Research, Sage Publications.

Nicole Maurantonio. (2012). Entangled Webs: Forensic Facticity and the Construction of Police Work. The Communication Review 15(1): 1-20.

Nicole Maurantonio. (2012). Standing By: Police Paralysis, Race, and the 1964 Philadelphia Riot. Journalism History 38(2): 110-121.

Nicole Maurantonio. (2012). Book Review, Imagining Philadelphia: Edmund Bacon and the Future of the City. [S.g. Knowles, ed.] Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies 79(1): 92-94.

Nicole Maurantonio. Philadelphia and Civil Unrest, Coverage of." Encyclopedia of Journalism, ed. Christopher H. Sterling. (Sage Publications, 2009).



Nicole Maurantonio.  "`Justice for Daniel Faulkner': History, Memory, and Police Identity." Journal of Communication Inquiry, (January 2008), Vol. 32, No. 1: 43-59.


Nicole Maurantonio. 
"Introduction to Journalism." In Barbie Zelizer, ed. Explorations in Communication and History. (London & New York: Routledge, 2008): 159-161.

Mari Lee Mifsud.  2009.  "Rhetoric and Valmiki's Ramayana."  In Ancient Non-Greek Rhetorics.  Eds.  Roberta Binkley and Carol Lipson.  Lauer Series in Rhetoric and Composition. Purdue: Parlor Press.  223-239.

Mari Lee Mifsud.  2007.  "On Rhetoric as Gift/Giving."  Philosophy and Rhetoric. 40.1: 89-107.

Mari Lee Mifsud, 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.

Jane Sutton and Mari Lee Mifsud (2002)  "Figuring Rhetoric:  From Antistrophe to Apostrophe through Catastrophe."  Rhetoric Society Quarterly. 32.4, 29-49.



Mari Lee Mifsud. 1998 "On the Idea of Reflexive Rhetoric in Homer." Philosophy and Rhetoric.  35.1:  41-54.

Mari Boor Tonn. "'From the Eye to the Soul': Industrial Labor's Mary Harris 'Mother' Jones and the Rhetorics of Display," Rhetoric Society Quarterly.  2011.  42.1  231-249.

Mari Boor Tonn.  "Radical Labor in a Feminine Voice: The Rhetoric of Mary Harris ‘Mother' Jones and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn." 
Rhetoric of Reform in the Nineteenth Century. Ed. Martha Solomon Watson. Rhetoric and Public Address Ser. East Lansing: Michigan State UP, 2008.  224-253.

Mari Boor Tonn.  "Colin Powell's Life Story as a ‘Good Black' Narrative.'" The Rhetorics of Display.  Ed. Lawrence J. Prelli.  South Carolina UP, 2006.  344-373

Mari Boor Tonn.  "Taking Conversation, Dialogue, and Therapy Public."  Rhetoric & Public Affairs. 8 (2005): 403-430.

Tonn, Mari Boor.  "Fighting Feminism: Exploring Triumphs and Obstacles in Feminist Politics and Scholarship." Women's Studies in Communication 27 (2004): 337-95.

Mari Boor Tonn.  "Miss America Contesters and Contestants: Media Discourse about Social ‘Also-Rans.'" Rhetoric & Public Affairs. 6 (2003): 150-160.

Mari Boor Tonn; Valerie A. Endress. "Looking Under the Hood and Tinkering With Voter Cynicism: Ross Perot and "Perspective by Incongruity," Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 2001, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p281-308