Joshua Ritter, Ph.D


  • Ph.D., Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, Georgia State University
  • M.Div., Philosophy of Religion, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University
  • B.A., Speech Communication, Baylor University

Areas of Specialization

  • Ancient to Contemporary Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • Contemporary Critical Rhetorical Theory
  • Rhetoric and Religion
  • Theories of the Public Sphere

Research Interests

  • Hyperbolic Rhetoric
  • Media, Politics, and Religious Discourse
  • Civic Engagement and Public Deliberation
  • History of American Public Address
  • Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Sacred Rhetorics
  • Histories of Rhetoric
  • Postmodern and Poststructuralist Discourse Theories
  • Capitalism and Globalization

Courses Taught at UCCS

  • Rhetoric and Writing I and II
  • Advanced Rhetoric and Writing
  • Classical Rhetoric
  • Contemporary Theories of Teaching Writing

Selected Publications

  • Ritter (2012). "Recovering Hyperbole: Re-Thinking the Limits of Rhetoric for an Age of Excess." Philosophy and Rhetoric, 45.4.
  • James Darsey and Ritter (2009). "Religious Voices in American Public Discourse." In The Sage Handbook of Rhetorical Studies. Ed. Andrea Lunsford. Sage Publications.
  • Mary E. Stuckey and Ritter (2007). "George Bush, , and American Democracy." Presidential Studies Quarterly, 37.4.