University Place, Syracuse University
Kendall Phillips

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

Kendall Phillips' Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

2009Judith Greenberg Seinfeld Distinguished Fellow
2008University Teacher/Scholar of the Year, Syracuse University Chancellor’s Award
2007Bronze Telly Award for “Classic Movie Night,” 28th Annual Telly Awards (national award for local/regional television)
2005Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award, Syracuse University Graduate School
2002College Faculty Award, Syracuse University