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Personal profile

Ned O’Gorman is Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he writes and teaches about the history of rhetoric, media studies, and political culutre. He is the author most recently of Politics for Everybody: Reading Hannah Arendt in Uncertain Times (2020, University of Chicago Press). He is also author of the award-winningLookout America! The Secret Hollywood Studio at the Heart of the Cold War (written with Kevin Hamilton, 2019, Dartmouth University Press), the award-winning The Iconoclastic Imagination: Image, Catastrophe, and Economy in America from the Kennedy Assassination to September 11 (2016, University of Chicago Press), and Spirits of the Cold War: Contesting Worldviews in the Classical Age of American Security Strategy (2011, Michigan State University Press). He has written numerous journal essays on topics related to rhetorical theory, aesthetics, religion, political  theory, and political history, and has appeared on a number of podcasts and radio shows. He is former President of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric and is currently editor of Journal for the History of Rhetoric. In 2020, the University of Ilinois named him University Scholar. Learn more about Professor O'Gorman here:

Research Interests

History of Rhetoric
Cold War
Media Studies

Professional Information

20th-century American political culture.


PhD, The Pennsylvania State University

Honors & Awards

Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching


2011-12, National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant


CMN 310, The Rhetorical Tradition
CMN 415/ CLCV 415, Classical Rhetorics
CMN 416, Early-Modern Rhetorics
CMN 417, Contemporary Rhetorics
CMN 538, Graduate, Cold War Rhetorical Culture
CMN 529, Graduate, Media Technologies
CMN 529, Graduate, Concepts in Communication Studies
CMN 529, Graduate, Media Theory, Old and New
CMN 210, Public Communication in Everyday Life

Office Address

3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
702 S Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801

Office Phone


  • JC Political theory
  • Hannah Arendt
  • Cold War
  • Nuclear Discourse
  • rhetoric
  • communication


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