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Michele Kennerly

Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences

Director of Effective Speech (CAS100)

223 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-3826

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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, Assistant Professor and director of Effective Speech (CAS100), specializes in ancient rhetoric but turns her eye and tunes her ear to current diffusions and dimensions of rhetoric's early traditions. Her publications highlight the ancient provenance of concepts and concerns (re)emergent in contemporary rhetorical theory and practice. 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 Press, 2018), and is co-editing two volumes, Ancient Rhetorics + Digital Networks (University of Alabama Press, 2018; with Damien Pfister) and Information Keywords (Columbia UP, est. 2019; with Eric Hayot, Sam Frederick, and Jonathan Abel).