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Michele Kennerly

Michele Kennerly

Associate Professor

Communication Arts & Sciences

Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies

**Director of Undergraduate Studies in CAS**

223 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802

Curriculum Vitae

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

Current Project

Dr. Kennerly's current project, tentatively titled Automatic Athens, considers invocations of ancient Athens in discourse about automation from the 1830s through the 2000s.  


Dr. Kennerly specializes in ancient Greek and Roman rhetoric and poetics, their transmission, and their reception, part of a broader interest in vocabularies and infra/structures that create and perpetuate "the classical." She has written one book, Editorial Bodies: Perfection and Rejection in Ancient Rhetoric and Poetics (see the open-access BMCR review of it here), co-edited two volumes, Ancient Rhetorics & Digital Networks and Information: Keywords (promo code: CUP20), and edited a third, A New Handbook of Rhetoric: Inverting the Classical Vocabulary (promo: NR21). Her article-length work has appeared in various outlets, including the much-missed public Classics journal Eidolon. She is Immediate Past President of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric, Secretary General of the International Society for the History of Rhetoricand co-editor of Rhetoric + Digitality, a new book series from the University of Alabama Press.


Current Graduate Student Advisees

Caroline Koons (ABD) sonic rhetoric, public address, rhetorical theory.  

Jen Buchan (PhD candidate) rhetorical theory, classical reception, gender, race, disability, artificial intelligence, speculative fiction. 

Kelly Williams Nagel (PhD candidate) visual rhetoric, public culture, imagination, urban planning, gentrification.

Aria Mia Loberti (PhD student) ancient Greek rhetoric and philosophy, the reception of ancient women's voices, the role of the supernatural.

Michael Delayo (PhD student) sports rhetoric, popular culture, new media