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Hunt the Devil:  Mythic Interventions in U.S. War Culture

Professor Emeritus
English (Rhetoric) & American Studies
Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

Honorary Professor in Rhetoric
Department of Media, Cognition and Communication
University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2010-2015

Distinguished Scholar Award
National Communication Association, 2013

Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award National Communication Association, 2018

Ph.D in Rhetoric and Communication
Washington State University, 1972

Contact Information:

Department of English
Ballantine Hall 442
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103 USA

Academic Appointments

I retired from Indiana University on May 31, 2013, after serving on the faculty from 1993 to 2013. Previously, I taught at Texas A&M University (1986-1993), Washington State University (1975-1986), Idaho State University (1974-1975), and Gonzaga University (1972-1974).

I served a five-year appointment as Honorary Professor in Rhetoric, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2010-2015.

I served as Interim Director of American Studies at Indiana University in 2010, Department Chair of Communication and Culture at Indiana University 1993-2003, Department Head of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts at Texas A&M University 1990-93, and Acting Chair of Communications at Washington State University in 1983.


My research focuses on political rhetoric and U.S. war culture.


I received the National Communication Association’s Distinguished Scholar Award for a career of outstanding scholarship in communication, November 23, 2013.


I received the National Communication Association's Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award in recognition of intellectual creativity, perseverance, and impact on academic communities, November 10, 2018.

See my publications page for a list of books, articles, and chapters.

As an extension of this research program, I taught courses on war propaganda, political communication, democratic dissent, peace-building communication, and rhetorical theory and critique. See my courses page for more information.

Editorial Service

I served as editor of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (2004-2006), Quarterly Journal of Speech (1993-1995), and Western Journal of Communication (1985-1987).

I am a member of the editorial boards of Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Javnost—The Public, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Review of Communication, Res Rhetorica, and the “Rhetoric and Public Affairs” book series for Michigan State University Press.



Robert L. Ivie