Jonathan Stephen Carter

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Assistant Professor of Communication

Communication, Media, & Theatre Arts

607B Pray Harrold


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Jonathan Carter is an Assistant Professor of Political Rhetoric in the School of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts. His research focuses on the ways that new communication technologies, particularly the digital, change the ways that individuals see themselves in political events and as part social communities.


Ph.D. University of Nebraska - Rhetoric and Public Culture
M.S. Illinois State University - Communication Studies
B.S. Northwestern University - Communication Studies and History

Interests and Expertise

Digital and Networked Rhetorics
Critical/Cultural Studies
Political Communication


CTAC 350 Persuasion
CTAC 440W Analyzing Communication in Civic Life
CTAC 460 Rhetorical Criticism
CTAC 643 Communication Activism and Change
CTAC 681 Political Communication

Publications and Presentations

Carter, J.S. (2019) “Transindividuating Nodes: Rhetoric as the Architechnical Organizer of Networks.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 49 no. 5.

Carter, J.S. (2019) Memes as Commonplace: Ted Cruz, Serial Killers, and the Making of Networked Multitudes. In C. K. Winkler (Ed.), Networking Argument. New York: Taylor and Francis.

 Carter, J.S. (2019) Debating Memes: Networked Democracy and the Politics of Cynical Laughter. In E. Hinck (Ed.) Presidential Debates in a Changing Media Environment: Volume II--The Citizens Talk Back. New York: Praeger. 

 Duncan, A. M. & Carter, J.S. (2017). The Comedic Prince: The Organic Intellectualism of Bill Hicks. In M.R. Meier and C.R. Schmitt (Eds.) Standing Up, Speaking Out: Stand-Up Comedy and the Rhetoric of Social Change. New York, NY: Routledge. 

 Carter, J.S. (2017). Modal Ethos: Scumbag Steve and the Establishing of Ethos in Memetic Agents. In M. Folk and S. Apostel (Eds.) Establishing and Evaluating Digital Ethos and Online Credibility. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.



Office Hours
Mon/Weds 12:30PM-2PM
Tues 10AM -1PM
All Meetings via Zoom. Email for the link or other times to meet.

Professional Affiliations

National Communication Association
Rhetoric Society of America
Kenneth Burke Society
American Forensics Association
National Forensics Association