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Bradford Vivian

Bradford Vivian

Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Advisor for the CAS Minor

210 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-0945

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  1. B.A., George Mason University, 1996
  2. M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1998
  3. Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2001


Bradford Vivian is a rhetorical theorist who specializes in the relationship between rhetoric and subjectivity. He studies how rhetorical practices influence our understanding of self, other, and community. Vivian analyzes issues of rhetoric and subjectivity predominantly in the context of public deliberations or controversies over collective memory and historical narrative. His books include Public Forgetting: The Rhetoric and Politics of Beginning Again and Being Made Strange: Rhetoric beyond Representation. His work has appeared in such journals as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, History and Memory, and the Journal of Speculative Philosophy. His honors and awards include the Winans-Wichelns Award, the NCA Critical/Cultural Studies Division Book of the Year Award, the Wallace Award, and an NEH Summer Stipend. Vivian teaches CAS 201 (Rhetorical Theory) and CAS 507 (Issues in Rhetorical Theory) and plans to develop courses in the rhetoric of space and place as well as special topics in public memory.