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Brad Serber

Brad Serber

Postdoctoral Scholar and Assistant Director of the Intercollege Minor in Civic and Community Engagement

214 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. B.A., University of Minnesota, 2009
  2. M.A., Texas A&M University, 2012
  3. Ph.D., Penn State University, 2016


Brad Serber studies the rhetorics of violence and abnormality. More specifically, his research has looked at school shootings and other acts of “targeted violence,” war rhetoric, genocide, regional conflicts, terrorism, mental illness, stigma, and symbolic and systemic violence. His dissertation explored public responses to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Isla Vista attack (#YesAllWomen). He has published in Argumentation & Advocacy, has a co-authored piece with Rosa Eberly in the Journal of General Education, and has several works in progress. He currently teaches Foundations of Civic and Community Engagement (CAS 222/CIVCM 211) and Intro to Human Communication (CAS 101). He also has taught Persuasive Speaking (CAS 213), Rhetorical Theory (CAS 201), and Effective Speech (CAS 100A and CAS 100C) at Penn State and Argumentation & Debate (COMM 243), Technical Communication (COMM 205), and Public Speaking (COMM 203) at Texas A&M.


Reaction Rhetorics: Targeted Violence and Public Security (defended 2016)

Dissertation Chair(s):

Rosa A. Eberly