Ned O’Gorman is an Associate Professor, Associate Head, and Conrad Humanities Scholar in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He works in several different areas: the history of rhetoric (in practice and in theory), political thought/theory, aesthetics, technology studies, and the digital humanities. He has special interest in the crises and tensions of modernity, or late-modernity, as they were manifested in the Cold War in the United States. But he is also actively pursuing research into the crises of early-modern Europe, especially the crisis of “rhetoric” itself as a form of knowledge. He is the author of Spirits of the Cold War: Contesting Worldviews in the Classical Age of American Security Strategy ( 2012, Michigan State University Press), and the forthcoming (provisionally titled) The Iconoclastic Imagination: Image, Catastrophe, and Economy in America since the Kennedy Assassination (under contract with the University of Chicago Press, expected publication 2014), as well as a number of journal essays on topics related to rhetorical theory, aesthetics, religion, political theory, and political history. Presently, he is working with Kevin Hamilton (Media, Art & Design, U. of Illinois) on a multi-pronged project on the history and rhetoric of the United States’ Cold War-era nuclear test films. He is on the editorial board of Quarterly Journal of Speech, and formally on the editorial board of Rhetoric Society Quarterly; in 2012-13 he was a Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study; he is former President of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric, and currently Core Faculty at Illinois in the Program for Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security, Core Faculty in the Center for Writing Studies, and a faculty member in the Learning to See Systems initiative at the University of Illinois.
His full vita can be found here: OGormanVitaFall13