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Faculty | John Lucaites

John Lucaites

Professor, Department of Communication and Culture

Phone: 855-5411
Office: 245

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Professor Lucaites was a Henry Rutgers Scholar in intellectual and cultural history at Rutgers College and earned his M.A. in speech communication at the University of North Carolina.  His Ph.D. is from the University of Iowa in rhetoric and communication studies.  His research concerns the relationship between rhetoric and social/political theory and focuses on the critique and reconstruction of liberal-democracy as it manifests itself in the socio-political practices of late modern U.S. public culture.  His first book was a rhetorical history of the concept of “equality” in American political discourse. His most recent scholarship focuses on the relationship between rhetoric, citizenship, and visual culture, with particular attention to photojournalism as a mode of “public art” that underwrites liberal-democratic public culture. He is particularly interested in the relationship between visuality and the problem of socio-political judgment as it implicates the question “what does it mean to see and to be seen as a citizen.”  He is the co-author of Crafting Equality: America’s Anglo-African Word (University of Chicago, 1993), and No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy (University of Chicago, 2007); and co-editor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Sermonic Power of Public Discourse (University of Alabama, 1993), Contemporary Rhetorical Theory: A Reader (Guilford Press, 2000), and Rhetoric, Materiality, and Politics (Peter Lang, 2009).  He is currently working on a manuscript on “Civic Spectatorship.”  He served as the editor of the Quarterly Journal of Speech (2008-2010), and is the Senior Editor for a book series on “Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critique” at the University of Alabama Press.  He also co-hosts a weekly blog on rhetoric, visuality, and photojournalism:  He has won numerous awards and is a three time recipient of the National Communication Association’s Golden Monograph Award ( 1997, 2002, 2004), as well as the Winans-Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address (2008) and the Diamond Anniversary Book Award (2008).  IN 2012 he was identified as a Distinguished Scholar by the National Communication Association.  He currently serves as the Associate Dean for Arts & Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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