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 or has worked in several different areas: the history of rhetoric (in practice and in theory), political thought/theory, aesthetics, media and technology studies, and the digital humanities. He has special interest in the crises and tensions of modernity as they were manifested in the Cold War in the United States. But he is also actively pursuing research into the crises of another “epochal” age, early-modern Europe, especially as it relates to the crisis of “rhetoric” itself as a form of knowledge and action. He is the author of The Iconoclastic Imagination: Image, Catastrophe, and Economy in America since the Kennedy Assassination (University of Chicago Press, expected publication 2015), Spirits of the Cold War: Contesting Worldviews in the Classical Age of American Security Strategy ( 2012, Michigan State University Press), and the still-being-written (with the amazing Kevin Hamilton) Lookout America! The Secret Hollywood Film Studio at the Heart of the Cold War State. He is the author as well as a number of journal essays on topics related to rhetorical theory, aesthetics, religion, political theory, and political history. Presently, in addition to his multi-pronged project with Hamilton on the history and rhetoric of the United States’ Cold War-era nuclear test films, he is developing a new initiative on “deep media” with Hamilton and Chad Wellmon the University of Virginia. 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.
Ned teaches courses ranging from the history of rhetoric to rhetorical theory to cold war culture to media theory. He is a winner of the University of Illinois’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
His full vita can be found here: OGormanVitaSp14