Ned O’Gorman is the author of Politics for Everybody: Reading Hannah Arendt in Uncertain Times, a lively defense of politics in an age of political scandal and stupidity that doubles as introduction to the political thought of Hannah Arendt, a German refugee to the United States in the middle of the 20th century who ended up writing some of the most trenchant analyses of politics of the modern age.
He is the author as well, with Kevin Hamilton, of 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 in2012, and was reviewed widely, including in The New Republic.
O’Gorman is Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and 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