James Jasinski

Professor, Communication Studies

BGS, MA, Northern Illinois University, 1978, 1980
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1986

Courses taught
SSI 144 Constitutional Controversies (syllabus)
COMM 171 Introduction to American Civic Rhetoric (syllabus)
COMM 240 Introduction to Communication Criticism (syllabus)
COMM 346 Rhetoric and Law (syllabus)
COMM 347 African American Public Discourse (syllabus)
COMM 348 Political Communication (syllabus)
COMM 444 Advanced Rhetorical Studies


James Jasinski's Curriculum Vitae

I am a Professor of Communication Studies. I teach courses in rhetoric and media studies, including Introduction to Communication Criticism, Argument Theory, Rhetoric and the Law, Political Communication, African American Public Discourse, and Introduction to Civic Rhetoric which currently focuses on Democracy and Voting. I also teach African Americans and the Constitution through Puget Sound’s African American Studies program. I am an affiliate faculty member in the Dept. of Communication at the University of Washington, and from 2016 through 2021 I will serve as an affiliate professor in the section on rhetoric at the University of Copenhagen.

I’m best known for my 2001 book Sourcebook on Rhetoric: Key Concepts in Contemporary Rhetorical Studies (Sage). I’ve authored or co-authored over two dozen essays, monographs, and book chapters on such topics as dissociative argument in malapportionment and vote dilution cases, Martin Luther King’s (1967) Riverside Church speech against the Vietnam war, Henry Highland Garnet’s (1843) “Address to the Slaves,” and language and voice strategies in The Federalist Papers.

I edited the academic journal Rhetoric Society Quarterly from 2011-2015, I have served as an associate editor for six academic journals and have reviewed book manuscripts for numerous university presses, and I have organized multiple academic conferences in rhetorical studies.   

Recent Scholarship:

Jasinski, J. and Murphy, J. "Time, Space and Generic Reconsitution: Martin Luther King's 'A Time to Break Silence' as Radical Jeremaid" in Public Address and Moral Judgment: Critical Studies in Ethical Tensions, ed. Trevor Parry Giles (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2009), pp. 97-125.

James Jasinski 2009.pdf

Jasinski, J. "Consituting Antebellum African Identity: Resistance, Violence, and Masculinity in Henry Highland Garnet's (1843) 'Address to the Slaves,'" Quarterly Journal of Speech, 93 (2007): 27-57.

James Jasinski 2007.pdf