• Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor
    • Director - Joe Blake Center for Engaged Humanities
  • Department:

    • Communication Studies
  • Education:

    • Ph.D., Univ. of Southern Cal.
  • Curriculum Vitae:


Greg Dickinson is a professor for the Department of Communication Studies and Director of the Joe Blake Center for Engaged Humanities. He is an award winning teacher and scholar. He has received the College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award and the CSU Alumni Best Teacher Award. He has also received the National Communication Association’s Gerald R. Miller Dissertation Award and (with his co-authors Brian L. Ott and Eric Aoki) the NCA Golden Anniversary Monograph Award. He writes about ways the buildings and human landscapes engage viewers and users on questions values, beliefs, and action. His work advances critical and theoretical understanding of memory, place, materiality, and everyday life. He has published in numerous communication, cultural studies, and rhetoric journals on coffee shops, shopping malls, museums, and gentrified urban spaces. His book Suburban Dreams: Building and Imagining the Good Life was published by the University of Alabama Press in 2015, and he is completing a co-authored book on the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. With Brian L. Ott, he recently published The Twitter Presidency: Donald J. Trump and the Rhetoric of White Rage published in 2019 by Routledge. He is a past editor of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, a National Communication Association journal. Along with Scott Diffrient, Beth Seymour, and the Department of Communication Studies, he is the producer of the Act Human Rights Film Festival.



Brian L. Ott and Greg Dickinson. Twitter Presidency: Donald J. Trump and the Politics of White Rage. London: Routledge, 2019.

Greg Dickinson. Suburban Dreams: Imaging and Building the Good Life. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2015.

Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2017.

            Finalist, Jane Jacobs Book Award, Urban Communication Foundation, 2016.

Brian L. Ott and Greg Dickinson, eds. The Routledge Reader in Rhetorical Criticism. New York: Routledge, 2012.

Greg Dickinson, Brian L. Ott, and Carole Blair, eds. Places of Public Memory: The Rhetoric of Museums and Memorials. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama, 2010.

Recent Refereed Journal Articles

Brian L. Ott and Greg Dickinson, “Redefining Rhetoric: Why Matter Matters,” Berlin Journal of Critical Theory, 3 (2019): 45-81.

Greg Dickinson and Giorgia Aiello. “Being Through there Matters: Materiality, Bodies and Movement in Urban Communication Research,” International Journal of Communication, 10 (2016): 1294-1308, doi: 1932–8036/20160005

Giorgia Aiello and Greg Dickinson. “Beyond Authenticity: A Visual-Material Analysis of Locality in the Global Redesign of Starbucks Stores.” Visual Communication, 13 (2014): 303-321, doi: 10.1177/1470357214530054

Greg Dickinson and Brian L. Ott. “Neoliberal Capitalism, Globalization, and Lines of Flight: Vectors and Velocities at the 16th Street Mall. Cultural StudiesóCritical Methodologies (2013): 1-7. doi:10.1177/1532708613503780

Greg Dickinson, Brian L. Ott, Eric Aoki. “(Re)Imagining the West: The Whitney Gallery of Western Art’s Sacred Hymn.” Cultural StudiesóCritical Methodologies. 13 (2013): 18-31. doi: 10.1177/1532708612464633.

Brian L. Ott, Eric Aoki, Greg Dickinson. “Ways of (Not) Seeing Guns: Presence and Absence at the Cody Firearms Museum,” Communication Critical/Cultural Studies, 8 (2011): 215-239. doi: 10.1080/14791420.2011.594068 Lead Article. Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, National Communication Association, 2012.

Other Publications

Greg Dickinson, “Space, Place, and the Textures of Rhetorical Criticism,” Western Journal of Communication, 84, (2109): 297-313.

Eric Aoki, Greg Dickinson, Brian L. Ott, special editors, “Memory and the West: Reflections on Place, Practice, and Performance,” Cultural StudiesóCritical Methodologies, 13 (2013): 1-2 doi: 10.1177/1532708612464631

Donovan Conley and Greg Dickinson, special editors. Space, Matter, and Mediation: The Prospects for Democracy. Special Issue, Critical Studies in Media Communication 27 (2010).

Greg Dickinson, special editor. “Rhetoric, Pragmatism, and Social Justice: Special Issue on Rhetorical Criticism.” Western Journal of Communication 74 (2010).

Greg Dickinson. “Introduction to Special Issue.” Western Journal of Communication 74 (2010): 1-3. (Non-refereed)