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PhD, Indiana University
Areas of Specialization:
Body Rhetoric, Visual Rhetoric, Citizenship, Democratic Theory, Rhetorics of Home and Homelessness
Melanie Loehwing's research and teaching concerns the relationships between rhetoric, democracy, and citizenship. Her work primarily focuses on the rhetorical constructions of "home" and "homelessness," the politics of visuality as a means of constituting and contesting citizen bodies and civic subjectivities, and the role of rhetoric in contemporary U.S. democratic culture. Her research has been published in Philosophy & Rhetoric and the Quarterly Journal of Speech. She is currently working on a manuscript investigating the political implications of competing optics assumed by mainstream and minority homeless advocacy organizations.
Loehwing, Melanie. “Homelessness as the Unforgiving Minute of the Present: The Rhetorical Tenses of Democratic Citizenship.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 96, no. 4 (2010): 380–403.