Kendall Phillips

Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies


Kendall Phillips portrait.

308 Sims Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-1230

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. Kendall Phillips’ Curriculum Vitae [PDF 140KB]


  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University


American film, public discourse, rhetoric, and rhetoric of popular culture

Selected Publications

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

Lectures, Panel and Workshops

  • 2018 Keynote Speaker, “Frontiers of Public Memory,” First Chinese Conference on Frontiers in Rhetorical Theory, Shanghai University (China).
  • 2018 Workshop Leader, “The Art of Rhetoric and Social Change, American University’s Syrian Initiative to Combat Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Istanbul (Turkey).
  • 2015 Keynote Speaker, “The Profanity of Memory,” triggering Memory Symposium, Massey University (New Zealand).
  • 2015 Keynote Speaker, “The Absence of Memory,” Memory on Trial Conference, Third Ørecomm Festival, Malmö University (Sweden).