Rhetoric Faculty

Andrew CulpAndrew Culp
Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric Studies
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Andrew joined the Department of Rhetoric Studies in 2014. His work specializes in cultural-communicative theories of power, the politics of emerging media, and gendered responses to urbanization. In his primary project, Escape, he explores the apathy, distraction, and cultural exhaustion born from the 24/7 demands of an 'always-on' media-driven society. He was recently elected to the General Board of the Cultural Studies Association. His work has appeared in numerous venues, including Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Radical Philosophy, and Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory. At Whiman, Andrew's teaching experience includes Fundamentals of Public Address, Introductory Rhetorical Criticism, The Rhetoric of Work, and Queer Rhetorical Theory. You can learn more about his work at his professional website, www.andrewculp.org. Andrew can be contacted at culpac@whitman.edu

Matt de TarMatthew deTar
Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric Studies
Ph.D., Northwestern University

Matt joined the Department of Rhetoric Studies in 2012. His research broadly focuses on rhetoric and political communication, with a focus on nationalism, ethics, political identity, and international media analysis. Additionally, his dissertation and current book project examines nationalism in modern Turkey, focusing on the way that concepts like “the military,” “religion,” and “minorities,” are constructed as figures of discourse that negotiate concerns in national identity. The project utilizes research gathered during fieldwork in Istanbul, Turkey in 2009-2010, and has been funded through fellowships and grants from the Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, the Institute for Turkish Studies, and Northwestern University. His published work has appeared in Advances in the History of Rhetoric and the essay collection "History, Politics and Foreign Policy in Turkey."

Matt's other research areas of interest include the relationship between communication and cultural difference, the limits of law and liberalism, and human rights theory. At Whitman, his teaching experience includes both Introductory and Advanced Rhetorical Criticism, The Roots of Rhetoric, and Fundamentals of Public Address, as well as special topics courses focusing on Visual Rhetoric, Rhetoric and National Identity, Human Rights, and Rhetoric and Post-Modernism. You can find out more about Matt's work at his website, www.mathewdetar.net. He can be contacted at detarmc@whitman.edu.  

Jim Hanson

Jim Hanson, on sabbatical 2014-2015
Professor of Forensics
Ph.D., University of Southern California

Jim joined the Department of Rhetoric Studies 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. At Whitman, Jim's teaching experience includes courses in argumentation and debate, Argument in the Law and Politics, Rhetoric and The First Amendment, and Rhetorical Explorations: Race, Class and Gender. He can be contacted at hansonjb@whitman.edu. 

Heather HayesHeather Ashley 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, and argument studies. Throughout 2013 and 2014, 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 finishing 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 is due to be published in the spring of 2016.

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. You can find out more about her work at her professional website, www.heatherashleyhayes.com.

Additionally, she can be contacted at hayesha@whitman.edu.