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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

Beverly Duran, '14 utilizes what she learned as a RHCS alum and works towards social change as an Organizer for International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21.

Research by RHCS alum, Kristina Scharp, was recently featured in The Atlantic article, "A Shift in American Family Values Is Fueling Estrangement." Read the article here.

Samella Koroma recently joined University of Maryland as the Athletics Academic Advisor/Learning Specialist.

RHCS major Luke Malcynsky is the co-author (with Professor Lauren Tilton and UR grads Emeline Blevins and Hanglin Zhou) of the article, “The Role of Metadata in American Studies,” in the most recent issue of the Polish Journal of American Studies.

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); Adam Ferguson, Arts Editor at TUNDRA Enthusiast Network; Darius Naficy, promoted to Chief Creative Officer, North America at CSM Sport & Entertainment; Nickolaus Trevino, promoted to Media Director at Fearless Media.

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

  • Alam Joins RCHS

    Md Khorshed Alam, Ph.D., has joined the Department of Rhetoric & Communications Studies as a Visiting Research Scholar. Dr. Alam completed his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of South Florida in December '20.

  • Interactive Photo Collection

    Photogrammar, an open-access, web-based tool that allows users to easily navigate and engage photographs taken between 1935-1943, is now housed at UR thanks to the work of Lauren Tilton, assistant professor of rhetoric & communication studies, and Taylor Arnold, assistant professor of statistics. Read more about the program here.

  • Maurantonio Published

    Nicole Maurantonio, associate professor in rhetoric & communication studies, published ‘“Green Life Matters”: Place and the Politics of Environmental and Commemorative Justice’ in Communication, Culture and Critique.

  • Tilton Co-authors Publication

    Lauren Tilton, assistant professor of rhetoric & communication studies, co-authored “The Role of Metadata in American Studies” in Polish Journal for American Studies with RHCS major, Luke Malcynsky, and alums, Emeline Blevins, ’17 and Hanglin Zhou, ’20.

  • Barney Awarded

    Tim Barney, associate professor and chair of the department of rhetoric & communication studies, won the 2020 Wrage-Baskerville Award by the Public Address Division of the National Communication Association.

  • Barracks Named Top 40

    Chaz Barracks, dissertation fellow in rhetoric & communication studies, was named one of Style Weekly’s “Top 40 Under 40” for 2020. Read about his accomplishments here.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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
231 Richmond Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

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

Department Chair: Timothy Barney
Administrative Coordinator: Robin Mundle