Ned O'Gorman PhD

Associate Professor of Communication
Center for Global Studies

  • Address: Communication 3001 Lincoln Hall, 702 S Wright, M/C 456, Urbana, IL 61801
  • Telephone: (217)265-0859


Ned O’Gorman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, working at the intersections of the history of rhetoric, rhetorical theory, 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 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.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • 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 519, Graduate, Concepts in Communication Studies
  • CMN 538, Graduate, Cold War Rhetorical Culture



  • 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.

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Journal Articles

  • 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):