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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

Ph.D in Rhetoric and Communication
Washington State University

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.

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