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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. Her forthcoming book, titled Editorial Bodies: Perfection and Rejection in Ancient Rome, argues against the influential view that textual polish in prose and poetry indexes conditions of reduced freedom. She contends that explicit attention to editing is more fruitfully and faithfully considered a reaction to the pressures of participation in a textual culture whose participants perceived plentitude, strove toward formal perfection, and obsessed about preservation.