Keven James Rudrow

Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Assistant Teaching Professor
Affiliated Faculty, LGBTQ Studies

Keven Rudrow

100 Sims Hall V
Syracuse, NY 13244-1230


kjrudrow@syr.edu


Keven James Rudrow joins the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies as an assistant teaching professor in Fall 2020.

Rudrow will also be affiliated faculty in the LGBTQ Studies Program. At Syracuse University, he will teach classes on rhetoric and culture, including the rhetorical dimensions of popular culture, hip-hop cultures, and contemporary rhetorics of race and masculinity. 

Prior to joining Syracuse University, Rudrow was a doctoral student at the University of Memphis from 2016-20 where he taught rhetoric in popular culture and oral communication. Prior to the University of Memphis, he served as the assistant director of speech and debate at Valdosta State University from 2014-16, winning state and national championships.

Rudrow’s teaching and research explore contemporary discourses concerning race, gender, and sexuality in U.S. American popular culture, emphasizing discourses about Black masculinity in relation to vulnerability and resistance in mainstream hip-hop music. His work can be read in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication, Culture & Critique and the Journal of Black Studies.

Rudrow was awarded the 2019-20 Michael and Suzanne Osborn Fellowship for excellence in research, teaching, and service. Completing his four-year commitment in 2020, he served as vice-chair elect, vice chair/program planner, chair, and immediate-past chair of the Southern States Communication Association’s Argumentation and Forensics Division.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Memphis
  • M.A., B.F.A., Valdosta State University

Selected Publications

  • Rudrow, K.J. (2020). "I was scared to death": Storytelling, masculinity, & vulnerability in "Wet Dreamz." Critical Studies in Media Communication. Doi: 10.1080/15295036.2020.1741660
  • Rudrow, K. J. (2019). "I see death around the corner": Vulnerability and manhood in Me Against the World. Journal of Black Studies, 50(7), 632-650. Doi: 10.1177/0021934719875941
  • Edgar, A. N. & Rudrow, K. J. (2018). "I think of him as an ancestor": Tupac fans and the intimacy of pop cultural heritage. Communication, Culture & Critique, 11(4), 642–658. Doi: 10.1093/ccc/tcy032

Lectures, Panels, and Workshops

  • Rudrow, K. J. (2019, November). “Why Not Share my Story to Help Someone Else?”: Affective Publics and YouTube as a Space for Queer Black Mentorship. Paper presented at the annual National Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.
  • Rudrow, K. J. (2019, November). “I See Death Around the Corner”: Vulnerability and Manhood in Me Against the World. Paper presented at the annual National Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.
  • Edgar, A. N. & Rudrow, K. J. (2018, November). “I Think of Him as an Ancestor”: Tupac Fans and the Intimacy of Pop Cultural Heritage. Poster presented at the annual National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Tabrizi, H. & Rudrow, K. J. (2018, April). “Since I'm A Black Woman”: Black Women’s Experiences in Intercollegiate Debate. Paper presented at the annual Southern States Communication Association, Nashville, TN.

Awards and Honors

  • Michael and Suzanne Osborn Fellowship (2019-20) (awarded for excellence in research, teaching, and service to the Department of Communication & Film).
  • Top Student Paper, Southern States Communication Association, Argumentation and Forensics Division, Nashville, TN. April 2018.
  • Top Student Paper, Southern States Communication Association, Argumentation and Forensics Division, Greenville, SC. April 2017.
  • Top Student Paper, Southern States Communication Association, Argumentation and Forensics Division, Austin, TX. April 2016.