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Department of American Studies College of Arts and Sciences

Robert L. Ivie

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Department of American Studies
Department of Communication and Culture

Office: 800 E. Third St., Room 247
Phone: (812) 855-5467
E-mail: rivie at


Ph.D., Washington State University, 1972

Research Interests

Rhetorical Critique of U.S. public culture; democracy; war propaganda; peace-building communication.

Courses Recently Taught

  • CMCL-C505 Productive Criticism of Political Rhetoric
  • CMCL-C512 Rhetorical Theories of Cultural Production
  • CMCL-C612 Constituting Democracy in Rhetorical Discourse
  • CMCL-C616 Rhetorical Critiques of War

Publication Highlights


Robert L. Ivie, Dissent from War (Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press, 2007).

Robert L. Ivie, Democracy and America's War on Terror (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2005).

Martin J. Medhurst, Robert L. Ivie, Philip Wander, and Robert L. Scott, Cold War Rhetoric: Strategy, Metaphor, and Ideology, rev. ed. (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1997).

Ronald L. Hatzenbuehler and Robert L. Ivie, Congress Declares War: Rhetoric Leadership, and Partisanship in the Early Republic (Kent, Ohio: The Kent State University Press, 1983).

Most-recent Articles:

Robert L. Ivie, "Breaking the Spell of War: Peace Journalism's Democratic Prospect," Javonost--The Public 16.4 (2009): in press.

Robert L. Ivie, "Hierarchies of Equality: Positive Peace in a Democratic Idiom," in ICA Handbook on Communication Ethics, ed. George Cheney, Steve May, and Debashish Munshi (New York: Routledge / Lawren Erlbaum Publishers, forthcoming).

Robert L. Ivie, "Depolarizing the Discourse of American Security: Constitutive Properties of Positive Peace in Barack Obama's Rhetoric of Change," in Philosophy After Hiroshima: Memory, Warfare and the Ethics of Peace, ed. Edward Demenchonok (Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, in press).

Robert L. Ivie and Oscar Giner, “American Exceptionalism in a Democratic Idiom: Transacting the Mythos of Change in the 2008 Presidential Campaign,” Communication Studies 60.4 (2009): 359-375.

Robert L. Ivie and Oscar Giner, “Genealogy of Myth in Presidential Rhetoric,” Sourcebook for Political Communication Research: Methods, Measures, and Analytical Techniques, ed. Erik P. Bucy and R. Lance Holbert (Routledge, forthcoming).

Robert L. Ivie and Oscar Giner, “More Good, Less Evil: Contesting the Mythos of National Insecurity in the 2008 Presidential Primaries,” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 12.2 (Summer 2009): 279-301.

Robert L. Ivie, “Speaking Democratically in the Backwash of War: Lessons from Brigance on Rhetoric and Human Relations,” in Rhetoric and Democracy, ed. Todd McDorman and David Timmerman (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2008), 265-280.

Robert L. Ivie, “Toward a Humanizing Style of Democratic Dissent,” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 11 (Fall 2008): 454-458.

Robert L. Ivie, “Finessing the Demonology of War: Toward a Practical Aesthetic of Humanizing Dissent,” Javnost—The Public 14.4 (2007): 37-54.

Robert L. Ivie and Oscar Giner, “Hunting the Devil: Democracy’s Rhetorical Impulse to War,” Presidential Studies Quarterly 37.4 (December 2007): 580-598.

Robert L. Ivie, “Fighting Terror by Rite of Redemption and Reconciliation,” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 10.2 (2007): 221-248.

Robert L. Ivie, “Academic Freedom and Antiwar Dissent in a Democratic Idiom,” College Literature 33.4 (2006): 76-92.

Robert L. Ivie, “Web-Watching for Peace-Building in the New Communication Order,” Javnost--The Public 12 (October 2005): 61-78.

Robert L. Ivie, "Democratic Dissent and the Trick of Rhetorical Critique," Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies 5 (August 2005): 276-93.

Robert L. Ivie, “A Presumption of Academic Freedom,” Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies 27:1 (2005): 53-85.

Robert L. Ivie, "Savagery in Democracy's Empire," Third World Quarterly 26.1 (2005): 55-65.

Robert L. Ivie, “The Rhetoric of Bush’s ‘War’ on Evil,” KB Journal 1 (Fall 2004): on line

Robert L. Ivie, “Prologue to Democratic Dissent in America,” Javnost--The Public 11 (June 2004): 19-35.

Robert L. Ivie, "Democracy, War, and Decivilizing Metaphors of American Insecurity," in Metaphorical World Politics, ed. Francis A. Beer and Christ'l de Landtsheer (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2004), 75-90.