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

Jim Jasinski received a General Studies undergraduate degree (concentration: Communication in the Arts) and an MA in Communication Studies from Northern Illinois University and a PhD in Communication Studies from Northwestern. Prof. Jasinski is a rhetorician whose teaching and research focuses on rhetorical criticism and public argument. He is best-known for his 2001 book Sourcebook on Rhetoric: Key Concepts in Contemporary Rhetorical Studies (Sage). He has authored or co-authored over two dozen essays, monographs, and book chapters on such topics as 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. Jasinski has developed a new Writing and Rhetoric seminar on Constitutional Controversies. In the Communication Studies department, he regularly teaches courses in the Rhetoric of Law, Political Communication, African American Public Discourse, and Rhetorical Criticism; he also offers a course African Americans and Constitutional Law through the African American Studies program. Jasinski has served as an associate editor for four journals in rhetoric and communication and has been selected to serve as editor of Rhetoric Society Quarterly. His editorship will run 2012-15.

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