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Kirt H. Wilson

Kirt H. WilsonKirt H. Wilson is graduate studies director and associate professor of Rhetoric and Political Communication at Pennsylvania State University. He has published widely in the areas of African American public discourse, the civil rights movement, race, the Reconstruction era, and public memory. He graduated from Purdue University with an MA in 1991 and from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a PhD in 1995. From 1996 through 2010 he served as assistant and associate professors of rhetoric and communication at the University of Minnesota. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, he is the author of The Reconstruction Desegregation Debate: The Politics of Equality and the Rhetoric of Place (Michigan State Press , 2002), associate editor for The Sage Handbook of Rhetorical Studies (2009), and co-editor of Making the Case: Advocacy and Judgment in Public Argument (in press). Professor Wilson has won the National Communication Association’s (NCA) New Investigator Award (2001), the Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award (2002), and two book awards: NCA’s Winans-Wichelns Memorial Award and the Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award for Published Research. In 2004, the University of Minnesota honored Wilson with a McKnight Presidential Fellowship, an honor extended to only a handful of tenured associate faculty each year. Professor Wilson is currently writing two book-length manuscripts. In the first he considers the theory and practices of mimesis (imitation) in the nineteenth-century United States. In the second he is uncovering the sentimental aesthetics that construct our collective memories of the civil rights movement.

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