Debra Hawhee

Debra Hawhee

McCourtney Professor of Civic Deliberation; Senior Scholar, McCourtney Institute for Democracy; Professor of English, Communication Arts and Sciences, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
• McCourtney Institute for Democracy
• English
• Communication Arts and Sciences
• Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Research Description

Debra Hawhee writes about bodily and material theories of rhetoric (the art of effective communication) with a special focus on sensation and feeling. Her latest work focuses on how efforts to make the climate crisis matter are changing the concepts and practices of rhetoric itself.

Teaching Description

Professor Hawhee teaches a range of courses in ancient and modern rhetorical theory, imagination, and sensation. Her most recent offering focused on climate rhetoric.


Rhetorical Theory