Charles E. Morris III

Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Affiliated Professor, LGBT Studies

Chuck Morris

100 Sims Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-1230


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


  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

View a full list of his published work.

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

Selected Publications

  • 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

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

Courses Taught

  • CRS 360 Public Memory
  • CRS 360 Lincoln’s Rhetorical Worlds
  • CRS 568 Rhetoric of Social Change
  • CRS 600 Closet Cases