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Faculty Research Achievements

Rhetoric and Communication Studies faculty are active scholars who publish in peer reviewed journals and books, deliver invited keynotes and distinguished lectures, and present scholarship at international, national, and regional conferences. Their continual engagement with current disciplinary scholarship also entails their work as editorial board members for various prestigious journals in the field, jurists for book awards and conference submissions, and initial reviewers for book manuscripts for university presses as well as reviewers for recently published books.

Department faculty also serve as officers in professional associations nourishing disciplinary scholarship. In addition, faculty not only support independent student research but occasionally collaborate with students on research projects and encourage its presentation in various campus, regional, and national venues.

*Marks publications with UR Undergraduate Students

Paul Acther 

In Progress

Achter, P.J. Fit To Kill: Militarism and the Rhetoric of Style. Under contract, Rutgers University Press. 

Scholarly articles and book chapters

Achter, P.J. (2019) “‘Military Chic’ and the Rhetorical Production of the Uniformed Body." Western Journal of Communication 83 (3): 265-285. (Lead article)  

Achter, P.J. (2018). “Great Television: Trump and the Shadow Archetype.” In Ryan Skinnell, Ed., Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach us About Donald J. Trump,” (Exeter, UK: Imprint Academic): 108-121


Timothy Barney 


Barney, Timothy. Mapping the Cold War: Cartography and the Framing of America’s International Power.

Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015. 


Barney, Timothy. “Colonial Vestiges on the Map: A Rhetorical History of Development

Cartography at the United Nations During Post-War Decolonization.” Journal for the History of Rhetoric 23, no. 2 (2020): 173–198.

Parry-Giles, Trevor, and Timothy Barney. “Envisioning a Remembered Future: The Rhetorical Life and Times of The Manchurian Candidate.” The Journal of Popular Film and Television 48, no. 2 (2020): 62–76 (lead article).

Barney, Timothy. “Contextualizing State Failure and Necropolitics.” In The Conceit of Context, eds. Charles E. Morris and Kendall Phillips, 328-336. Peter Lang, 2020. 

Barney, Timothy. “Václav Havel at the End of the Cold War: The Invention of Post-Communist Transition in the Address to U.S. Congress, February 21, 1990.” Communication Quarterly 67 (2019): 560–83.

Barney, Timothy. “The Sight and Site of North Korea: Citizen Cartography’s Rhetoric of

Resolution in the Satellite Imagery of Labor Camps.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 105 (2019): 1–24 (lead article).

Farish, Matthew, and Timothy Barney. “Maps and the State.” In The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, 2nd Edition, ed. Audrey Kobayashi, 379–90. Elsevier, 2019.

Barney, Timothy. “Cartographer-in-Chief: Maps in Televisual Addresses and the Cold War President as Geographic Educator.” In Reading the Presidency: Advances in Presidential Rhetoric, eds. Stephen J. Heidt and Mary E. Stuckey, 23–43. New York: Peter Lang, 2018.

Barney, Timothy. “Cartographies of War and Peace.” In The Routledge Handbook of Mapping and Cartography, eds. Peter Vujakovic and Alexander J. Kent, 173–184. London: Routledge Press, 2017.

Media/Digital Projects

Nelson, Rob, Justin Madron, Timothy Barney, and Lily Calaycay. “The Executive Abroad, 1905-2016.” Digital Map, Digital Scholarship Lab, University of Richmond, 2017.


 Linda Hobgood


“Strength of a Tender Heart.” In Modern First Lady Media Relations: Jacqueline Kennedy to Melania Trump. Lisa Burns, editor. Lexington, 2020.

Yesternight. Covenant Books, 2019.
“The Rhetorical Roots of Communication Centers.” Afterword in Communication Centers: A Theory Based Guide to Training and Management by Kathleen J. Turner and Theodore F. Sheckels. Lexington Books, 2015. 193-205.


Mari Lee Mifsud


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

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

Special Issues

Mifsud, Mari Lee, editor. 2019, “In Defense of the Humanities: What Does Communication Studies Give?” The Review of Communication: Special Issue, vol. 19, no. 2.

 Mifsud, Mari Lee, editor. 2018. “Possibilities and Paradoxes of Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Cultural Change,” Humanities: Special Issue, Vol. 7, Summer 2018.


Mifsud Mari Lee. Forthcoming 2023. “Rhetoric in South Asia,” in The Cambridge History of Rhetoric, Volume V, edited by Daniel Gross, Stephen Mailloux, and LuMing Mao. Cambridge University Press.

Mifsud, Mari Lee. Forthcoming. 2022. “What Cannot Be Said? Equity Achieved.” Philosophy & Rhetoric, 55.2.

Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2021. “Atechnē,” in The 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, ed. Kennerly, Penn State University Press, p. 172-173.

Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2020. “Feminist Praxis of Comparative Rhetoric,” in The Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetorics: Studies in the History, Application,and Teaching of Rhetoric Beyond Traditional Greco-Roman Contexts. Ed. Keith   Lloyd. New York: Routledge, p. 306-314.

Mifsud Mari Lee. 2019. “To the Humanities: What Does Communication Studies Give?” Review of Communication vol. 10, no. 2 (May 17, 2019): 77-93.

Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2018, “The Gift, the Market, and the Question of Living Well   Together: Exploring Rhetorics of Allo-Liberalism as Antidote to Neo-liberalism,”         Society and Economy vol. 40, no. 3, p. 333-347.

Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2018. “On Network,” In Ancient Rhetorics and Digital Networks. Eds. Michele Kennerly and Damien Pfister. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 28-47.


Nicole Maurantonio


Maurantonio, N. (2021). Remembering Columbus: Memory, Whiteness, and Italian American Identity in the American South. Diasporic Italy: Journal of the Italian American Studies Association 1 (1): 43-58.

Maurantonio, N. (2021). Burning Karen’s Headquarters: Gender, Race, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Memory Studies, 14 (6): 1159-1172. 

Maurantonio, N. (2021). “Green Life Matters”: Place and the Politics of Environmental and Commemorative Justice. Communication, Culture, and Critique, 14 (1): 166-181.  

Maurantonio, N. Confederate Exceptionalism: Civil War Myth and Memory in the Twenty-First Century (University Press of Kansas, Culture America Series, 2019).

Maurantonio, N. & David W. Park, eds. Communicating Memory & History (New York: Peter Lang, 2019).

Maurantonio, N. (2018). Tarred by History: Memory, Materiality, and Protest. de arte, 53 (2-3): 51-69.

Stevens, L. & Maurantonio, N. (2018). Black Twitter Asks Rachel: Racial Identity Theft in `Post-Racial’ America. Howard Journal of Communications, 29 (2): 179-195.

Maurantonio, N. (2017). `Reason to Hope’?: The White Savior Myth and Progress in `Post-Racial’ America. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 94 (4): 1130-1145.