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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
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Towns Publishes Two New Articles

    Armond Towns, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Communication Studies, published “The (Black) Elephant in the Room: McLuhan and the Racial,” in The Canadian Journal of Communication and "Plastic Empowerment: Financial Literacy and Black Economic Life,” in American Quarterly.

  • Hobgood Awarded

    Linda Hobgood, Director of the Speech Center, is the recipient of the 2019 Turner Award—“for advancement of communication centers within the discipline and within academe”—by the National Communication Association’s Communication Centers Section.

  • Maurantonio Releases New Book

    Nicole Maurantonio, Associate Professor in the Department of Rhetoric & Communication Studies, published Confederate Exceptionalism: Civil War Myth and Memory in the Twenty-First Century through the University Press of Kansas.

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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