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Faculty | Paul Stob

Associate Professor & Chair

Office: 220G Edgehill
(1801 Edgehill Ave)
Phone: 615-322-2988

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Curriculum Vitae

PAUL STOB is Associate Professor of Communication Studies. His research and teaching focus on the intersection of rhetoric and intellectual culture, with particular emphasis on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era in the United States. He is the author of William James & the Art of Popular Statement (Michigan State University Press, 2013). Currently he is working on a book tentatively titled Knowledge, Power, and the People: Intellectual Populism in American Thought and Culture, 1870–1915, which explores the work of various intellectuals who tried to resist the institutionalization of knowledge.


Ph.D., Communication Arts (Rhetoric), University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2009

M.A., Communication (Rhetoric), Texas A&M University, 2004

B.A., Communication Arts & Sciences (Film Studies) and Philosophy, Calvin College, 2002

Typical Courses

Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Rhetoric & Civic Life
Rhetoric of the American Experience, 1865-1945
The Rhetoric of Social Movements
The Rhetoric of U.S. Religion
The Rhetorical Tradition

Representative Publications

Thinking Together: Lecturing, Learning, and Difference in the Long Nineteenth Century (edited with Angela G. Ray). University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2018.

“Black Hands Push Back: Reconsidering the Rhetoric of Booker T. Washington,” Quarterly Journal of Speech 104, no. 2 (2018): 145–165.

“Jeannette Rankin’s Democratic Errand to Washington,” Advances in the History of Rhetoric 20, no. 1 (2017): 86–98.

“Science, Religion, and the Rhetoric of Revelation: The Case of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship,” Journal of Communication & Religion 39, no. 1 (2016): 46–64.

“Sacred Symbols, Public Memory, and the Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll Remembers the Civil War,” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 19, no. 2 (2016): 275–306.

“The Rhetoric of Individualism and the Creation of Community: A View from William James’s ‘The Will to Believe,’” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 44, no. 1 (2014): 25–45.

William James & the Art of Popular Statement. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2013.