Ned O'Gorman PhD

 Ned O'Gorman

Contact Information

3001 Lincoln Hall,
702 S Wright,
M/C 456,
Urbana, IL 61801
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Ned O’Gorman, Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, works at the  intersections of the history of rhetoric, media studies, and political thought, with special interest in the crises and tensions of  modernity, especially in the Cold War. He is the author of Spirits of the Cold War: Contesting Worldviews in the Classical Age of American Security Strategy (2011, Michigan State University Press), the award-winning The Iconoclastic Imagination: Image, Catastrophe, and Economy in America from the Kennedy Assassination to September 11 (2016, University of Chicago Press), and, with Kevin Hamilton, Lookout America! The Secret Hollywood Studio at the Heart of the Cold War (2019, Dartmouth University Press), as well as a number of journal essays on topics related to rhetorical theory, aesthetics, religion, political  theory, and political history. He is former President of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric and editor-elect of Advances in the History of Rhetoric (soon to be renamed Journal for the History of Rhetoric).

Research Interests

  • History of Rhetoric
  • Cold War
  • Media Studies

Research Description

20th-century American political culture.[i][/i]


  • PhD, The Pennsylvania State University

Distinctions / Awards

  • Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching


  • 2011-12, National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant

External URLs


  • CMN 310, The Rhetorical Tradition
  • CMN 415/ CLCV 415, Classical Rhetorics
  • CMN 416, Early-Modern Rhetorics
  • CMN 417, Contemporary Rhetorics
  • CMN 538, Graduate, Cold War Rhetorical Culture
  • CMN 529, Graduate, Media Technologies
  • CMN 529, Graduate, Concepts in Communication Studies
  • CMN 529, Graduate, Media Theory, Old and New
  • CMN 210, Public Communication in Everyday Life

Selected Publications


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The Iconoclastic Imagination: Image, Catastrophe, and Economy from the Kennedy Assasination to September 11 Chicago University of Chicago Press 2016.
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O'Gorman, Ned, and Kevin Hamilton Lookout America! The Secret Hollywood Studio at the Heart of the Cold War Hanover Dartmouth College Press 2019.