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The RHCS curriculum analyzes and theorizes symbolic action across a variety of venues, including law, rhetoric, media, elective politics, history, resistance efforts, public memory, and relational dynamics.
Department News

Emily Bradford, '18, was named a Fulbright Scholar finalist and will present her research paper “Interrogating Paradise: Tourism and Constitutive Rhetoric in Bali” at the DePauw 2018 Undergraduate Honors Conference in Communication.

Students in Dr. Tim Barney's Spring 2017 FYS course, "The Rhetorical Lives of Maps," have collaborated with UR's Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) to produce an interactive map, "The Executive Abroad 1905-2016." The map tracks the growth of global travel by American presidents and their secretaries of state over the course of a century-plus, and will be featured as part of the DSL's American Panorama series.

Scholarship Repository Readership

The University of Richmond's Scholarship Repository shares faculty publications with a world-wide audience. The map below shows where articles from RhCS faculty are being read around the globe.

Faculty Highlights

  • Barney Conference Paper Award

    Rhetoric professor Tim Barney's paper, “Citizen Cartography, North Korea, and the Visual Economy of Satellite Imagery,” was named Top Paper in Rhetoric & Public Address for the 2018 Eastern Communication Association Conference in Pittsburgh. He will present the paper at their conference in April.

  • Maurantonio Grant

    Dr. Nicole Maurantonio has been awarded a year-long fellowship from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities for work on her book project, Changing Hearts and Minds: Memory, Race and the Confederacy in 21st Century Richmond.

  • Barney Named Distinguished Educator

    Dr. Tim Barney was named a 2017 University of Richmond Distinguished Educator at this year's Colloquy.

  • Maurantonio Article

    Dr. Nicole Maurantonio and Leslie Stevens, '16, co-authored, "Black Twitter Asks Rachel: Racial Identity Theft in “Post-Racial” America," in the Howard Journal of Communications.

  • Maurantonio Article

    Dr. Nicole Maurantonio's research on how journalism helps cover up systemic racism was featured in Journalism Research News.

  • Mifsud Podcast

    Dr. Mari Lee Mifsud discussed her recent book, Rhetoric and the Gift: Ancient Rhetorical Theory and Contemporary Communication, as part of the Podcasts@Boatwright Series.

  • Barney Profile

    Style Weekly profiled rhetoric professor Tim Barney's new book on the geopolitics of maps.

  • Mifsud publishes two new books

    Dr. Mari Lee Mifsud published A Revolution in Tropes: Alliosotrophic Rhetoric and Rhetoric and the Gift: Ancient Rhetorical Theory and Contemporary Communication.

  • Achter Articles

    Dr. Paul Achter recently published a piece on "The Wire" on Huffington Post, and "Reluctant Conquests: Media Events and the End of the Iraq War.” in the forthcoming book, A Communication Perspective on the Military: Interactions, Messages, and Discourses.

  • Barney publishes article

    Dr. Timothy Barney published "'A Tale of Two Vaclavs': Rhetorical History and the Concept of 'Return' in Post-Communist Czech Leadership." in Advances in the History of Rhetoric, Special Issue: Rhetorics of '1989' and After: Rhetorical Archaeologies of Political Transition.

RhCS Feature Stories

Alum Resesarch Featured in NY TimesKristina Scharp, '06, had her research into family estrangement featured in the New York Times.
Lambda Pi Eta InductionCongratulations to the recent inductees of Lambda Pi Eta.
As Opening Night ApproachesAdam Ferguson, '11, takes the University of Richmond Magazine behind the scenes of "The Boy in the Bathroom," a new musical he is directing for Firehouse Theatre. Read More
Monument, Museum, Media Course

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Department of Rhetoric & Communication Studies
402-C Weinstein Hall
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8263
Fax: (804) 287-6496

Chair: Dr. Paul Achter
Administrative Coordinator: Robin Mundle