I am Associate Professor, Associate Head, and Conrad Humanities Scholar in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I work in and across several different areas: history of rhetoric (in practice and in theory), political thought/theory, aesthetics, media and technology studies, and the digital humanities.
My work, which is historical in orientation, focuses on the intersections among rhetoric, political thought, and media (more like mediation, or “mediality“) in two revolutionary ages, the Cold War and seventeenth-century England. My book The Iconoclastic Imagination: Image, Catastrophe, and Economy in America since the Kennedy Assassination is coming out in the Fall 2015 with University of Chicago Press. My earlier book, Spirits of the Cold War: Contesting Worldviews in the Classical Age of American Security Strategy, came out in 2012. I have written journal essays on topics related to rhetorical theory, aesthetics, religion, political theory, and political history in the Cold War, seventeenth-century England, and ancient Greece.
I am in the middle of writing, with Kevin Hamilton, a third book: Lookout America! The Secret Hollywood Film Studio at the Heart of the Cold War State, a book about Lookout Mountain Laboratory. And I have been thinking a lot about “deep media” with Chad Wellmon the University of Virginia, where I will be on sabbatical in 2015-16.
I am on the editorial board of Quarterly Journal of Speech, and formally on the editorial board of Rhetoric Society Quarterly; in 2012-13 I was a Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study; I am 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.
I teach courses ranging from the history of rhetoric to rhetorical theory to cold war culture to media theory.
My full vita can be found here: OGormanVitaSp14