Thomas R. Dunn
Position: Director of Basic Course, Assistant Professor
Area of Study: Rhetoric and Civic Engagement
- Rhetorical Studies
- LGBT Studies
- Queer Theory
- Memory and Monumentality
DR. THOMAS R. DUNN is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and the Director of the Basic Course at Colorado State University. He teaches a variety of classes in rhetorical studies, including Rhetoric & Western Thought, Visual Communication, Rhetoric in Social Movements, Evaluating Contemporary Rhetoric, the History of Rhetorical Theory, Rhetorical Criticism, and Speech Communication Pedagogy. He earned both his Doctorate in Communication and a Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at the University of Pittsburgh ('11). Dr. Dunn's research investigates the intersection of GLBT/queer culture, politics, and rhetoric with a focus on public memory and visual rhetoric. Recent projects include the publication of his first book, Queerly Remembered: Rhetorics for the Representing the GLBTQ Past, which develops the framework of "queer monumentality" for investigating how LGBT people have used public tellings of their shared pasts to effect political, social, and cultural change. His writing appears in venues like the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, the Western Journal of Communication, and the Southern Communication Journal, as well as the Denver Post. Dr. Dunn is also the 2011 winner of the National Communication Association's Stephen E. Lucas Debut Publication Award, the 2012 Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, and the 2014-2015 Excellence in Teaching Award from CSU's College of Liberal Arts.
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Queerly Remembered: Rhetorics for Representing the GLBTQ Past (University of South Carolina Press, September 2016).
“Playing Neoliberal Politics: Post-Racial and Post-Racist Strategies in ‘Same Love’” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (2016), doi:10.1080/14791420.2016.1149201.
“(Queer) Family Time: Brothers & Sisters and Managing Temporal Anxieties.” Western Journal of Communication 79, no. 2 (2015): 133-150, doi: 10.1080/10570314.2014.943420. *Winner of 2016 B. Aubrey Fisher Outstanding Journal Article Award
“The Quare in the Square: Memories, Queer Sensibilities, and Oscar Wilde.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 100, no. 2 (2014): 213-240, doi: 10.1080/00335630.2014.959987.
“The Tale of Two Oaths: Inaugural Oaths, Technical Memories, and Presidential Investiture.” South Communication Journal 79, no. 5 (2014): 427-447, doi: 10.1080/1041794X.2014.933869.
“Remembering ‘A Great Fag’: Visualizing Public Memory and the Construction of Queer Space.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 97, no. 4 (2011): 435-60, 10.1080/00335630.2011.585168.
“Remembering Matthew Shepard: Violence, Identity, and Queer Counterpublic Memories.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 13, no. 4 (2010): 611-52, 10.1353/rap.2010.0212. *Winner of the 2011 Stephen E. Lucas Debut Publication Award
SPCM 201: Rhetoric & Western Thought
SPCM 675: Speech Communication Pedagogy