James Jasinski

Communication Studies

James Jasinski is a rhetorician whose teaching and research focus on rhetorical criticism and public argument. He is best-known for his book Sourcebook on Rhetoric: Key Concepts in Contemporary Rhetorical Studies (Sage, 2001). He has authored or co-authored more than two dozen essays, monographs, and book chapters on topics such as Martin Luther King’s Riverside Church speech against the Vietnam war, Henry Highland Garnet’s “Address to the Slaves,” and language and voice strategies in The Federalist Papers. Jasinski co-wrote the book chapters “Analyzing Constitutive Rhetorics: The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions and the ‘Principles of ’98,’” in The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address (2010); and “Time, Space, and Generic Reconstitution: Martin Luther King’s ‘A Time to Break Silence’ as Radical Jeremiad,” in Public Address and Moral Judgment: Critical Studies in Ethical Tensions (2009). He served as editor of Rhetoric Society Quarterly (2012-15) and continues as associate editor of four peer-reviewed journals in his field. Jasinski teaches courses on African American Public Discourse, Rhetoric and the Law, African Americans and the Constitution, Political Communication, and Communication Criticism. He has been working on a project focused on practical reasoning (or phronesis) in constitutional argument.


B.G.S., M.A., Northern Illinois University, 1978, 1980; Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1986

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