Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
Kendall Phillips' research and teaching interests are in contemporary rhetorical theory and criticism. His work engages broad theoretical questions of advocacy, controversy, dissent, and public memory. He explores these concepts through a variety of rhetorical artifacts, including comic books, film, political speeches, and scientific controversies. Phillips is the author of Testing Controversies: A Rhetoric of Educational Reform and Projected Fears: Horror Films and American Culture. He is the editor of Framing Public Memory.
Phillips is honorary fellow in the School of Visual and Material Culture at Massey University (New Zealand) and visiting professor at York St John University. He has been awarded the Judith Greenberg Seinfeld Distinguished Faculty Fellowship (2009), the University Teacher/Scholar of the Year Award (2008), and the Excellence in Graduate Education Award (2005), and he has been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction (2012).
View a list of Phillips’ published work, some of which is available for download, at syr.academia.edu/KendallPhillips.
Phillips, Kendall (2012). Dark Directions: Romero, Craven, Carpenter, and the Modern Horror Film. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.
Phillips, Kendall, & Reyes, Mitchell (2011). Global Memoryscapes: Contesting Remembrance in a Transnational Age. Tuscaloosa, AL: The University of Alabama Press.
Phillips, K. R. (2008). Controversial Cinema: The Films that Outraged America. Westport, CT: Praeger.
Phillips, K. R. Ed. (2005). Projected Fears: Horror Films and American Culture. Westport, CT: Praeger Press.
Phillips, K. R. Ed. (2004). Framing Public Memory. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.
Phillips, K. R. (2004). Testing Controversy: A Rhetoric of Educational Reform. Cresskill, N. J.: Hampton Press.
Awards and Honors
|2009||Judith Greenberg Seinfeld Distinguished Fellow|
|2008||University Teacher/Scholar of the Year, Syracuse University Chancellor’s Award|
|2007||Bronze Telly Award for “Classic Movie Night,” 28th Annual Telly Awards (national award for local/regional television)|
|2005||Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award, Syracuse University Graduate School|
|2002||College Faculty Award, Syracuse University|