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Michele Kennerly

Michele Kennerly

Associate Professor, Communication Arts & Sciences / Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies

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 Greek and Roman rhetorical cultures and their reception, part of a broader interest in infra/structures that perpetuate particular cultural lines. She is the author of Editorial Bodies: Perfection and Rejection in Ancient Rhetoric and Poetics, winner of the 2019 Everett Lee Hunt Award from the Eastern Communication Association. She has co-edited two volumes, Ancient Rhetorics & Digital Networks (with Damien Smith Pfister) and Information Keywords (under review; with Samuel Frederick and Jonathan Abel). Her article-length work has appeared in various outlets, including the public Classics journal Eidolon. 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.

 Current Graduate Student Advisees:

Caroline Koons (ABD). “Composing American Harmony,” her in-progress dissertation project, traces how song has been used at three points in U.S. American history to manage tensions in the social world between unity and multiplicity, parts and wholes. On the one hand, she is studying the particularities of music as a mode of public address and redress, and, on the other hand, she is attending to how “harmony” is explicitly invoked in the songs she’s studying. The three core chapters cover: broadside ballads during the revolutionary period; 2) concerts organized by immigrants during the centennial; 3) prison protest songs during the civil rights movement. keywords: sonic rhetoric, public address, rhetorical theory.  


Jen Buchan (PhD candidate) studies representations of artificial intelligence (AI) in speculative fiction from antiquity to the present, focusing on the ways AI is gendered. keywords: rhetorical theory, classical reception, gender, race, disability, artificial intelligence, speculative fiction.