University Place, Syracuse University
Charles E. Morris III

Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
Department Chair
Affiliated Professor, LGBT Studies

Charles E. Morris' research interests are in rhetorical criticism, GLBTQ rhetorics, public memory, and social protest.

View a full list of his published work, some of which is available for download, at

Charles E. Morris III's Curriculum Vitae [PDF 314KB]

Selected Publications

  • Charles E. Morris III and John M. Sloop, “Other Lips, Whither Kisses?” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 14.2 (2017): 182-186.

  • Charles E. Morris III, “Context’s Critic, Invisible Traditions, and Queering Rhetorical History,” Quarterly Journal of Speech (2015): 225-243.

  • Charles E. Morris III, “Lincoln’s Queer Hands,” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 18 (Spring 2015): 135-140.

  • Jason Edward Black and Charles E. Morris III, Eds.  An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk’s Speeches and Writings.  Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2013. Lambda Literary Award Finalist, 2014.

  • Charles E. Morris III, “Sunder the Children: Abraham Lincoln’s Queer Rhetorical Pedagogy,” Quarterly Journal of Speech 99 (November 2013): 395-422.

  • Charles E. Morris III, Ed. Remembering the AIDS Quilt. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2011.

  • Charles E. Morris III, Ed.  Queering Public Address: Sexualities in American Historical Discourse. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2007.

Awards and Honors

2016Distinguished Scholar Award, Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, National Communication Association
2012Inaugural Fellow, CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution, Waterhouse Institute for Social Justice of Villanova University, and Fielding University
2010Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, National Communication Association (For “Hard Evidence: The Vexations of Lincoln’s Queer Corpus”)
2008Randy Majors Award, Distinguished Scholarship in LGBTQ Studies, Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns, National Communication Association
2003Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, National Communication Association (For “Pink Herring and the Fourth Persona: J. Edgar Hoover’s Sex Crime Panic”)
2001Research Fellow, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University (2001-02)


Charles E. Morris III, QED

Charles E. Morris III, QED

Charles E. Morris III, professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, had his journal...