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Dr. Mari Lee Mifsud

Professor of Rhetoric

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    • Grants and Fellowships

      Awarded Visiting International Educator Grant for Spring 2015 to bring in Dr. Petra Aczél, Director of the Institute for Behavioral and Communication Studies, Corvinus University of Budapest. 2014

      University of Richmond Summer Fellowship, “Rhetoric and the Gift.” 2013

      University of Richmond Summer Fellowship, “Rhetorical Imagination in a Homeric Figure.” 2012

      Selected Participant in Giambattista Vico, The Humanist Tradition, Emory University, Institute for the History of Philosophy, Directed by Donald Phillip Verene. 2011

      University of Richmond PETE Summer Grant, new course development, “Introduction to Rhetorical Theory.” 2011

      University of Richmond Summer Fellowship, “Rhetoric and Civic Life.” 2009

      University of Richmond Summer Fellowship for “Rhetoric, Democracy, Economy.” 2005

      PETE Summer Stipend, “Rhetoric and Law.” 2004

      University of Richmond Summer Fellowship for Encountering Homeric Rhetoric. 2001

      University of Richmond PETE Grant for revisions of History of Public Address. 1999

      University of Richmond Faculty Research Grant, Newberry Library Research. 1999

      University of Richmond Faculty Enrichment Grant for summer travel to India. 1999

      University of Richmond Travel Grant, Ontario Society for the Study of Argument Conference. 1999

      Visiting Educator Grant, Whitman College. Awarded to bring Henry W. Johnstone, Jr., Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Classics, and co-founder and editor of the journal Philosophy and Rhetoric. Co-sponsored with the Department of Classics. 1998

      Johnston Visiting Endowed Chair, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Public Address, Whitman College. 1997

      Dissertation Support Grant. PSU College of Liberal Arts. $1500 awarded for the leasing of the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae CD-ROM and purchase of Pandora Search Software. 1995

    • Awards

      Visiting Scholar, Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University, planned for spring 2016.

      Visiting Scholar, University of Copenhagen, Department of Media, Communication, and Cognition. 2013. Lead a graduate faculty seminar on my published research. Presented a public lecture to the University on “Rhetoric and the Gift.”

      University of Richmond Commencement, Honored as faculty mentor for Christopher “Buddy” Cassidy, a top honors award winner in the senior class, 2011

      Visiting Scholar, Emory University Philosophy Department, Giambattista Vico Institute, reading Homer and Rhetoric in The New Science, hosted by Donald Phillip Verene, May 2010

      University of Richmond Distinguished Educator Award, 2008

      University of Richmond Commencement, Honored as faculty mentor for Viola Trebicka, the top honors award winner in the senior class and Mace carrier, 2004

      Inducted into Academic Hall of Fame, Mercer Area Junior and Senior High School, 1985 graduate, 2002

      Sigma Phi Epsilon Honored Teacher, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, Keynote Speaker 2001

      Delta Delta Delta Sorority Honor for Excellence in Teaching 1999, 2000

      Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Honor for Excellence in Teaching 1999

      American Society for the History of Rhetoric Service Award 1998

      Outstanding Dissertation Award, Rhetoric and Deliberation in Homer, American Society for the History of Rhetoric, 1997.

      Outstanding Student Paper Award, "Telemachus Learns to Deliberate," ASHR, NCA. 1996

      Outstanding Student Paper Award, "Plato's Rhetorical Psykê," ASHR, NCA. 1995

      Gorden Hostettler Scholarship. $1000. Top Graduate Student Honor. CSU. 1991

    • Presentations

      “On Homer and Historiography in Rhetorical Studies: A Response to Nathan Crick, Rhetoric and Power,” paper on competitively selected panel, American Society for the History of Rhetoric, National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, 11/15

      “On Net-work in Ancient Greek Myth and Rhetoric,” paper on competitively selected panel, Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, 11/15.

      “Rhetoric and the Gift,” Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University Visiting Scholar, fall 2015, scheduling in process.

      “Theorizing Homeric Rhetoric: An Alloiostrophic Performance,” Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, National Communication Association, Chicago 11/14

      “Exploring Rhetoric Beyond Techne: On Henry Johnstone, Homer, and the History of Rhetoric,” Rhetoric Society of American Conference, San Antonio, 5/14

      “Rhetoric as Gift/Giving: Exploring Homeric Myth in Aristotle’s Rhetorical Theory,” paper on competitively selected panel, American Society for the History of Rhetoric, National Communication Association, Washington D.C. 11/13

      “Homeric Alloiosis: A Rhetorical Style for Inventing Another Way,” paper on competitively selected panel, Rhetoric and Communication Theory Division, NCA, Washington D.C., 11/13

      “Rhetoric and the Gift,” University of Copenhagen Visiting Scholar Lecture, Department of Media, Communication, and Cognition. 10/13.

      “Exploring Homeric and Aristotelian Cultures of Rhetorical Citizenship.” Rhetoric in Society Conference 4, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 1/13

      “Pluck Away the Parasites! The Rhetoric of Weaving as Ruling in Lysistrata 567-586,” American Society for the History of Rhetoric, National Communication Association, Orlando Fl., 11/12

      “Rhetorics of Exception: A Critique of Aristotle.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Philadelphia, PA. 5/12

      “Gift Rhetoric in Polis Culture: Lysistrata’s Appeals to Mutual Benefaction.” American Society for the History of Rhetoric, Panel Presentation. National Communication Association Convention. New Orleans, LA. 11/11

      “Genuine Discourse: Jane Sutton’s The House of My Sojourn: Rhetoric, Women, and the Question of Authority.” Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, Panel Presentation and Organizer. National Communication Association Convention. 11/11

      “Questions of Method in Homeric Rhetoric,” Rhetoric and Communication Studies Forum. 4/11

      “The Exception(al) and Rhetorics of Non-Sovereignty: A Critique of Aristotle.” Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric. Montreal. 6/10

    • Memberships

      American Society for the History of Rhetoric


      International Society for the History of Rhetoric


      Rhetoric Society of America


      National Communication Association


      Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation


      International Association for Greek Philosophy

  • Publications
    Books

    Mifsud, Mari Lee. July 2015. Rhetoric and the Gift: Ancient Rhetorical Theory and Contemporary Communication. Philosophy & Communication Series. Duquesne University Press.

    Sutton, Jane, and Mari Lee Mifsud. April 2015. A Revolution of Tropes: Alloiostrophic Rhetoric. Baltimore: Lexington Scholars Books.

    Journal Articles

    Sutton, Jane and Mari Lee Mifsud. 2012. “Towards an Alloiostrophic Rhetoric.” Advances in the History of Rhetoric. 15.2: 222-232.

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

    Mifsud, Mari Lee, 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.

    Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2004.  "Oh Popoi! Henry Johnstone, Homer, and the History of Rhetoric." Communication Annual:  Journal of the Pennsylvania Communication Association.  Vol.  60, 73-90.

    Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2003. "The Figure of Homer in the Rhetorical Structure of Vico's Pedagogy." New Vico Studies. 20, 37-44.

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

    Mifsud, Mari Lee and Scott Johnson. 2000. "Dialogic, Dialectic, and Rhetoric:  Exploring Human Dialogue Across the Discipline." Southern Communication Journal.  65.2-3, 91-104

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

    Johnstone, Henry W. and Mari Lee Mifsud. 1999. "Wedge and Bridge:  A Note on the Rhetoric of Distinction and Identification."  Rhetoric Society Quarterly.  29.2:  75-78.

    Book Chapters

    Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2021. “Atechnē,” in New Handbook of Rhetoric: Inverting the Classical Vocabulary, edited by Michele Kennerly. Penn State University Press, p. 25-37.

    Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2021. “Appendix: Atelēs,” in The New Handbook of Rhetoric: Inverting the Classical Vocabulary, edited by Michele Kennerly. Penn State University Press, p. 172-173.

    Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2020. “A Feminist Praxis of Comparative Rhetoric,” in The Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetorics, ed. Keith Lloyd. Routledge, 306-314.

    Mifsud, Mari Lee. (2018). “On Network in Ancient Greek Myth and Rhetoric.” In Ancient Rhetorics and Digital Networks. Eds. Michele Kennerly and Damien Pfister. 28-47.

    Sutton, Jane and Mari Lee Mifsud. 2015. “Introduction: A Revolution in Tropes,” in A Revolution in Tropes, xi-xxvii.

    Sutton, Jane and Mari Lee Mifsud. 2015. “Figuring In/Out Rhetoric: From Antistrophe to Alloiostrophe,” In A Revolution of Tropes, 1-18.

    Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2015. “Beyond Syntax and Cities at War: Doing Rhetoric’s History and Theory Alloiostrophically,” in A Revolution in Tropes, 65-82.

    Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2014. “On Being a Simple Judge: Exploring Rhetorical Citizenship in Aristotelian and Homeric Rhetorics,” in Rhetorical Citizenship, eds. Lisa Villadsen and Christian Kock. Leiden University Press, 223-238.

    Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2009. "Storytelling as Soul-Tuning: The Ancient Rhetoric of Valmiki's Ramayana."  In Ancient Non-Greek Rhetorics. Eds. Roberta Binkley and Carol Lipson. Lauer Series in Rhetoric and Composition. Eds. Patricia Sullivan and Catherine Hobbs. Purdue:  Parlor Press, 223-239.

    Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2002. "Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Eros In the Coming of Self-Knowledge." In Greek Philosophy of Communication. Ed. Konstantine Boudouris and John Poulakos. International Center for Greek Philosophy and Culture. Athens: Ionia Publications. 107-116.

    Additional Publications

    Guest Editor: Special Issue of Humanities: "Possible and Paradoxes of Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Cultural Change."

    Essays

    Mifsud, Mari Lee. “The Gift, the Market, and the Question of Living Well Together: Exploring Rhetorics of Allo-Liberalism as Antidote to NeoLiberalism,” Society and Economy 40 (2018) 3, 333-347.

    Reviews

    Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2015. “Review: Michelle Ballif, Writing Histories of Rhetorical Theory," Rhetoric and Public Affairs 18.2:  398-401.