Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
308 Sims Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-1230
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
- A Place of Darkness: The Rhetoric of Horror in Early American Cinema. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2018.
- Calafell, Bernadette M. & Phillips, Kendall R. “Disciplining the Devil: A Rhetorical History of Tod Browning's The Devil Doll (1936).” Critical Studies in Media Communication, 36: 1 (2018): 18-34.
- “The Safest Hands are Our Own:” Cinematic Affect, State Cruelty, and the Election of Donald J. Trump.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 15 (2018): 85-89.
- “The Event of Dissension: Reconsidering the Possibility for Dissent. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 101 (2015): 60-71.
- Phillips, Kendall (2012). Dark Directions: Romero, Craven, Carpenter, and the Modern Horror Film. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press. [Finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Nonfiction]
- 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
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).