Rhetoric Faculty

We have a great faculty. We are ready to work with you on the studies in rhetoric that interest you.

Jim HansonJim Hanson
Professor of Forensics, Ph.D., University of Southern California

Jim joined the department in 1992. He is the NDT Ranking Director and NPTE Treasurer. His areas of interest are political and legal rhetoric, argumentation and debate, and contemporary rhetorical theory and criticism. He has written Breaking Down Barriers: How to Debate, The Dictionary of Forensics, and Argument in Context. E-mail Jim at hansonjb@whitman.edu 

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Heather HayesHeather Hayes (Chair)
Assistant Professor of Rhetoric Studies, Ph.D., University of Minnesota.

Heather joined the Department of Rhetoric Studies in 2013. She is a rhetoric and communication studies scholar working across the intersections of rhetorical materialism, race, violence, the global war on terror, argument studies, and social justice and activism rhetoric. Throughout 2013, Heather has delivered a number of talks and presentations including work on the revolutionary events in Egypt's Tahrir Square that ousted Hosni Mubarak in January of 2011 and work on the rise of unmanned aerial vehicles (also known as drones) as a new technology of the global war on terror. Additionally, she is currently working on a book project centered around the technology of drones as part of the global war on terror, specifically dealing with the implications drone use in the Middle East and North Africa by the United States has for understanding the way violence functions communicatively. The work performs a rhetorical cartography of drone culture, exploring the possibilities for drones to communicate and argue in particular ways within the context of the global war on terror, often refiguring technologies of governance both within the United States and globally.

Heather specializes in teaching about rhetorics of social justice and activism. She has taught introductory courses in rhetoric and public culture as well as public speaking. In addition, she has written about hip hop music and African American history; she teaches a course in the rhetoric of hip-hop and spoken word that cross-lists with Whitman's Race and Ethnic Studies program as well as the Sociology department. She also teaches a course in the rhetoric of socio-economic class (also known as the rhetoric of the 47%) and a course in the rhetoric of weapons of the state that cross-lists with the Politics department. She additionally teaches courses in the rhetoric of social protest, argumentation, gender studies, and African American studies. Her website can be found at www.heatherashleyhayes.com. Additionally, she can be contacted at hayesha@whitman.edu 


Matt de TarMatt deTar
Visiting Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Northwestern University.

Matt joined the department in 2012. His research focuses broadly on rhetorical theory and discourse theory, with a focus on nationalism, ethics, political identity and the relationship between communication and cultural difference. His work has appeared in Advances in the History of Rhetoric and the essay collection "History, Politics and Foreign Policy in Turkey," and has been funded by the Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies and the Institute for Turkish Studies. E-mail Matt at detarmc@whitman.edu