Ned O'Gorman PhD

 Ned O'Gorman

Contact Information

3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
702 S Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801
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Ned O’Gorman, Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, works at the intersections of the history of rhetoric, media studies, and political thought, with special interest in the crises and tensions of modernity, especially in the Cold War and in early-modernity. He is the author of Spirits of the Cold War: Contesting Worldviews in the Classical Age of American Security Strategy (2011, Michigan State University Press) and The Iconoclastic Imagination: Image, Catastrophe, and Economy in America from the Kennedy Assassination to September 11 (2016, University of Chicago Press), and a number of journal essays on topics related to rhetorical theory, aesthetics, religion, political  theory, and political history. He is former President of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric, Core Faculty  at Illinois in the Program for Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security, and Core Faculty in the Center for Writing Studies.

Research Interests

  • History of Rhetoric
  • Cold War

Research Description

Presently, Prof. O'Gorman is working with Kevin Hamilton (Art & Design, U. of Illinois) on a multi-pronged project on the origins and rhetoric of Cold War nuclear test films. He is also working on a project on the “sublime” in early-modern rhetorical and political theory  and a book concerning the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination. [i][/i]


  • PhD, The Pennsylvania State University


  • 2011-12, National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant

External URLs


  • CMN 310, The Rhetorical Tradition
  • CMN 415/ CLCV 415, Classical Rhetorics
  • CMN 416, Early-Modern Rhetorics
  • CMN 417, Contemporary Rhetorics
  • CMN 538, Graduate, Cold War Rhetorical Culture
  • CMN 529, Graduate, Media Technologies
  • CMN 529, Graduate, Concepts in Communication Studies
  • CMN 529, Graduate, Media Theory, Old and New
  • CMN 210, Public Communication in Everyday Life

Selected Publications


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O'Gorman, Ned Spirits of the Cold War: Contesting Worldviews in the Classical Age of American Security Strategy East Lansing, MI Michigan State University Press 2011.

Journal Articles

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O'Gorman, Ned, and Kevin Hamilton At the Interface: The Loaded Rhetorical Gestures of Nuclear Legitimation Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 8 1 2011.
O'Gorman, Ned Stoic Rhetoric: Prospects of a Problematic Advances in the History of Rhetoric 11 1 2011. Link.