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Charles E. Morris III

Charles E. MorrisCharles E. Morris III is associate professor of Rhetorical Studies in the Department of Communication at Boston College. He decribes himself as an archival queer, an activist scholar committed to recovery, critical engagement, and diverse modes of deployment and performance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer  (GLBTQ) pasts as resources for queer world-making in the present and future. He is the editor of Remembering the AIDS Quilt (Michigan State University Press, 2011), Queering Public Address (University of South Carolina Press, 2007), and co-editor of Readings on the Rhetoric of Social Protest (Strata, 2001/2006). In the past 15 years Morris has been a frequent contributor to the Quarterly Journal of Speech, and he has also published or served as guest editor of special issues and forums in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies, Southern Communication Journal, Western Journal of Communication, and Women’s Studies in Communication. He is currently working on a book about Abraham Lincoln’s sexuality, and, with Jason Edward Black, a multi-work project on Harvey Milk. For his queer work, Morris has been the recipient of several national and regional awards. In 2010 he won his second Golden Monograph Award for article of the year from the National Communication Association (NCA), for his essay “Hard Evidence: The Vexations of Lincoln’s Queer Corpus.” He has also won NCA’s Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award and the Randy Majors Memorial Award in GLBTQ Studies, and the Eastern Communication Association’s Past Presidents’ and Everett Lee Hunt Awards.

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