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Michele Kennerly

Michele Kennerly

Assistant Professor, Communication Arts & Sciences

Assistant Professor, Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Director of Effective Speech (CAS100)

223 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802

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  1. B.A., Austin College, 2004
  2. M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 2006
  3. Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2010


Michele Kennerly specializes in ancient rhetoric but turns her eye and tunes her ear to diffusions of rhetoric's early traditions. Accordingly, her publications highlight the ancient provenance of concepts and concerns reemergent in contemporary rhetorical studies and public culture. Her articles have featured in Rhetorica, Rhetoric Society QuarterlyAdvances in the History of RhetoricCommunication Teacher, and Rhetoric Review. She has authored one book, Editorial Bodies: Perfection and Rejection in Ancient Rhetoric and Poetics (University of South Carolina P, 2018), and is co-editing two volumes, Ancient Rhetorics & Digital Networks (University of Alabama P, 2018; with Damien Smith Pfister) and Information Keywords (Columbia UP, est. 2019; with Eric Hayot, Sam Frederick, and Jonathan Abel). She has published two pieces in the public journal Eidolon: a rhetorical history of being and seeming and a reading of Wonder Woman and her influence (co-authored with Carly S. Woods). She serves on the Council of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric and as Vice President of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric.