Amardo Rodriguez

Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies


Amardo Rodriguez portrait.

109 Sims Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-1230

Amardo Rodriguez’s research and teaching interests revolve around three questions: (a) How can communication theory speak better to what being human means? (b) How can communication theory offer new vistas of what being human means? And (c) How can communication theory make for a world with less misery and suffering?

He forwards an emergent understanding of communication that foregrounds moral, existential, and spiritual assumptions, and explores the potentiality of this emergent understanding of communication to expand our notions of democracy and community. View a full list of Rodriguez’s published work, some of which is available for download, at


  • Ph.D., Howard University


Communication theory, dialogue and mediation, emerging organizational models, and post-colonial theory

Selected Publications

  • Rodriguez, A. (2016). Introducing Communication: Perspectives, Assumptions, and Implications. New York: Public Square Press.
  • Rodriguez, A. (2015). Notes from the Margins: Reflections on Regimes of Knowledge and Power. New York: Public Square Press.
  • Amardo Rodriguez (2014). Communication: Colonization and The Making of a Discipline. New York: Public Square Press.
  • Brown, D., Rodriguez, A. (2014). When Race and Policy Collide: Contemporary Immigration Debates. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
  • Amardo Rodriguez (2013). On Being Human: Notes On the Human Condition. New York: Public Square Press.
  • Chawla, D., & Rodriguez, A. (2011). Liminal Traces: Performing, Storying, and Embodying Postcoloniality. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers. (Transgressions: Cultural Studies and Education, Series Editor, Shirley Steinberg, University of Calgary)
  • Rodriguez, A. (2010). Revisioning diversity in communication studies. Leicester, UK: Troubador Publishers.
  • Rodriguez, A., & Chawla, D. (2010). Intercultural Communication: An ecological approach. Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishers.

Awards and Honors

  • 2006 Meredith Excellence in Teaching Award, Syracuse University
  • 2004 College Faculty Award, Syracuse University

Courses Taught

  • CRS 300 Emerging Organizational Models
  • CRS 300 Communication, Space & Design
  • CRS 328 Dialogue & Experience
  • CRS 338 Communication in Organizations
  • CRS 430/630 Intercultural Communication
  • CRS 466 Ethics in Human Communication
  • CRS 535 Communication and Community
  • CRS 601 Foundations of Communication Theory
  • CRS 605 Communication and Cosmopolitan Studies