Ned O’Gorman is Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois and author of Politics for Everybody: Reading Hannah Arendt in Uncertain Times, a lively defense of politics in an age of political exhaustion, and an introduction to the political thinking of Hannah Arendt.
“In Politics for Everybody, O’Gorman presents a concise and engaging argument for why political participation, leadership, and judgment are honorable and essential practices for a free society. His prose is clear and accessible, and at times truly eloquent. More than just a superb introduction to Arendt, this book could directly improve civic life in the United States.” —Robert Hariman, Northwestern University
“Politics for Everybody is a brave and successful attempt to introduce readers to Arendt’s ideas of politics in the face of the distorted examples in contemporary political thinking and acting.” —Richard H. King, University of Nottingham
O’Gorman writes at the intersections of history, criticism, and political theory. He is the author of three books on the Cold War: with Kevin Hamilton he wrote the award-winning Lookout America! The Secret Hollywood Film Studio at the Heart of the Cold War, published with over 600 images by Dartmouth College Press and a basis of the Smithsonian documentary “Atomic Age Declassified: Filming the Bomb.” The book is about the remarkable but largely forgotten history of Lookout Mountain Laboratory, a U.S. Air Force film studio responsible for many of the most iconic images of the Cold War, from mushroom clouds to space monkeys (see lookoutamerica.org).
O’Gorman also wrote the award-winning The Iconoclastic Imagination: Image, Catastrophe, and Economy in America since the Kennedy Assassination (University of Chicago Press), which won the 2016 Bruce E. Gronbeck Political Communication Research Award, sponsored by the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research. His first book, Spirits of the Cold War: Contesting Worldviews in the Classical Age of American Security Strategy, came out in 2012, and was reviewed widely, including in The New Republic.
O’Gorman is editor of the Journal for the History of Rhetoric (formerly Advances in the History of Rhetoric), published by the American Society for the History of Rhetoric. In 2009-10 he was President of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric; in 2012-13 he was a Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study; in 2013-15 he was a faculty member in the Learning to See Systems initiative at the University of Illinois; and in the 2015-16 academic year he was Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. In 2014 he was awarded College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at the University of Illinois. In addition to his departmental home, Communication, he is affiliated at Illinois with the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, the Program for Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security and the Center for Writing Studies.
O’Gorman has published numerous journal essays on topics related to rhetorical theory, media studies, aesthetics, religion, political theory, and political history in the Cold War, seventeenth-century England, and ancient Greece. He has also been a writer at The Infernal Machine, the Huffington Post, and The Hedgehog Review. He tweets at @ned_ogorman. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from the history of rhetoric to rhetorical theory to Cold War culture to media theory.
His full vita can be found here: O’Gorman Vita