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Curry Kennedy

Curry Kennedy

PhD Candidate

Managing Editor, Rhetorica Journal

Communications Director, Rhetoric and Religious Traditions Standing Interest Group

203 Burrowes

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Office Hours:

  • Fall 2019: by appointment
  • I will be in Ireland and England from September 3 to September 25.


  1. BA, University of Arkansas
  2. MA, Pennsylvania State University

Professional Bio

I am fascinated by the interanimation of rhetoric and religion. How has rhetoric drawn on the power of religion to encourage social change? How has religion borrowed the means of rhetoric to forge souls, selves, and communities? My dissertation project selects key moments in the dance between rhetoric and religion in Early Modern England, where the energies of Reform, the power of the vernacular, the new learning of the northern Renaissance, and the first intimations of the political and scientific revolutions are all rising up together.

In my dissertation, I employ the methods of Book History and Textual Studies to discover how books used in the process of rhetorical education fostered religious and rhetorical maturation.

As a teacher, I mine 2500 years of rhetorical theory and practice to help students develop skills in writing, reading, and speaking. As Quintilian once said, "they are all so interconnected, so inseparably linked to one another, that if any one of them is neglected, we labor in vain in the other two" (X.i.2). Students in my classes play and experiment their way forward, leveraging their own passions and interests to become more conscientious, open, and engaged students and public actors.