Karlyn K Campbell

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Dr. Campbell conducts research in rhetorical criticism, rhetorical theory, political communication, women's communication, and social movement rhetoric.

She is the author or editor of eight books. Her research has appeared in such journals as Quarterly Journal of Speech, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Women's Studies in Communication, and Communication Education.

She is has served as the editor of the Quarterly Journal of Speech and has received the Francine Merritt Award for contributions to women, the National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar Award, the Ehninger Award for Distinguished Rhetorical Scholarship, the Winans-Wichelns Book Award, the Charles Woolbert Award for Scholarship of Exceptional Quality and Influence and the University of Minnesota Distinguished Woman Scholar Award.

Educational Background & Specialties


  • women in communication
  • rhetorical theory and criticism
  • presidential rhetoric
  • political campaigns
Courses Taught
  • Comm 8504 - Seminar: Rhetorical Criticism
  • Comm 5615 - Intro to Rhetorical Criticism
  • Comm 4621W - Rhetoric of Feminism
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Department Chair:
  • Deeds Done in Words: Presidential Rhetoric and the Genres of Governance. Campbell, Karlyn, University of Chicago Press, 1990.
  • “Marketing Public Discourse: Gresham’s Law at Work in Politics“. Campbell, Karlyn, The Hedgehog Review, 2005.
  • Agency: Promiscuous and Protean. Campbell, Karlyn, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, March 2005.
  • Distinguished Scholar Award, National Communication Association
  • Honorary Doctor of Humanities, Michigan State University, 2004
  • Elizabeth Andersch Award, U of Ohio, 2004