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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.
Student Success

From the classroom to the workforce, these RHCS students have entered their dream careers! Amber Ducksworth, Human Resources Manager at Everyday Health Group; Brianna Puccini, Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director at U.S. Senator Deb Fischer; Claire Noppenberger, Communications Administrator and Meeting Coordinator at Association and Government Relations Management (AGRM).

Nick Sherod, '21 published "Black athletes must use their voices on campus and beyond" for SBNation Mid-Major Madness

Jamilah LeCruise was recently featured as a Rising Star in Super Lawyers magazine and was awarded the 2020 R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year Award by the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference.

Mary McKeller, '19 has been accepted into the MA program in Rhetoric and Philosophy of Communication at Duquesne University with a Graduate Assistantship. Tom Dunn, '02 has been named a Monfort Professor, one of Colorado State University’s highest honors. Read more about this honor and his research interests here.

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

  • Barracks to Premiere Film

    Chaz Barracks, dissertation fellow in rhetoric & communication studies, to premiere new film at the Afrikana Film Festival called “Everyday Black Matter."  View the film here.

  • Barney Published

    Timothy Barney, associate professor and chair of rhetoric & communication studies, published “Colonial Vestiges on the Map: A Rhetorical History of Development Cartography at the United Nations During Post-War Decolonization” in the Journal for the History of Rhetoric.

  • Additional Publication by Barney

    Timothy Barney, associate professor and chair of rhetoric & communication studies, co-authored “Envisioning a Remembered Future: The Rhetorical Life and Times of The Manchurian Candidate” with Trevor Parry-Giles in The Journal of Popular Film and Television.

  • Mifsud Published

    Mari Lee Mifsud, professor of rhetoric, published the chapter, “A Feminist Praxis of Comparative Rhetoric,” in the Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetorics.

  • Towns Published

    Armond Towns, assistant professor of rhetoric and communication studies, authored a piece for OUPblog titled “Black studies for everyone”.

  • Towns Published

    Armond Towns, assistant professor of rhetoric and communication studies, published "Toward a Black Media Philosophy," for Cultural Studies.

  • Barracks Completes Dissertation

    Dr. Chaz Barracks, dissertation fellow in the department of rhetoric & communication studies, has successfully completed his dissertation at Virginia Commonwealth University, entitled "Black Queer Futures (BQF) in Real Time: Multidimensional Identity and Imaginative Media Practice."

  • Barney Named Distinguished Research Fellow

    Tim Barney, Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Communication Studies, was named a Distinguished Research Fellow by the Eastern Communication Association.

  • Tilton and Arnold Awarded

    Lauren Tilton and Taylor Arnold in partnership with Harvard Libraries received a $50,000 grant from “Collections As Data," which is funded by the Mellon Foundation. The project uses distant viewing and computer vision to analyze social protest photography.  

  • Towns Appointed to Associate Editor
    Armond Towns, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Communication Studies, was appointed Associate Editor for the Journal of Cultural Economy.

RhCS Feature Stories

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Contact Us

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

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

Department Chair: Timothy Barney
Administrative Coordinator: Robin Mundle