Ellen Gorsevski, Ph.D.
Brief BiographyDr. Gorsevski’s research is on contemporary rhetoric (suasory discourses) of peace-building, especially the communication practices and artifacts of leaders in peace and social justice movements. Her research interests span international/intercultural rhetoric, political and social movement rhetoric, media criticism and propaganda, and nonviolent conflict communication. Her research encompasses visual and spoken communication, culture, and rhetoric in the Gandhian and Kingian tradition. She earned her doctoral degree from the Pennsylvania State University, where she was Edwin Erle Sparks Fellow. She teaches at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in the School of Media and Communication, and she is active in contributing to BGSU’s newly established Peace and Conflict Studies Minor.
Research/Teaching Interests: Contemporary rhetoric, especially the communication practices and artifacts of leaders in peace and social justice movements, rhetoric of globalization, international/intercultural rhetoric, political rhetoric, social movement rhetoric, media criticism and propaganda, and nonviolent conflict communication.
Gorsevski, E.W. "Letters, Laws and News (In)Justice: The Rhetoric of Rights in Shaping Democracy" [Lead Review Essay], Rhetoric & Public Affairs, (forthcoming issue 18.2), 2015.
Gorsevski, E.W. Wangari Maathai’s Emplaced Rhetoric: Greening Global Peacebuilding. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture - Special Issue on Environmental Justice; in press, 2012. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/17524032.2012.689776
Gorsevski, E.W.; Schuck, R. I.; Lin, C. The Rhetorical Plasticity of the Dead in Museum Displays: A Biocritique of Missing Intercultural Awareness. Western Western Journal of Communication, May/Jun2012, Vol. 76 Issue 3, p314-332, 19p; DOI: 10.1080/10570314.2012.654888
Gorsevski, E.W.; Butterworth, M.L. Muhammad Ali's Fighting Words: The Paradox of Violence in Nonviolent Rhetoric. Quarterly Journal of Speech, Feb2011, Vol. 97 Issue 1, p50-73, 24p; DOI: 10.1080/00335630.2010.536563
Gorsevski, E.W. Dangerous Women: The Rhetoric of the Women Nobel Peace Laureates, series in Communication and Social Justice, Edited by Omar Swartz. Troubadour Publishing, Ltd., 2014.
Troubador’s web site http://www.troubador.co.uk/book_info.asp?bookid=2404
Gorsevski, E.W. Peaceful Persuasion: The Geopolitics of Nonviolent Rhetoric, SUNY Press, 2004.
Gorsevski, E.W. "Growing the Next Generation: The Sustainability of Dr. Wangari Maathai’s Rhetoric of Environmentalism" in Planting the Future: The Rhetorical Legacy of Wangari Maathai, Eddah Mutua-Kombo and Alberto Gonzalez, Editors, [anthology in Communication and Social Justice Series of] Troubadour Publishing, Ltd. (in press, 2015-16).
Gorsevski, E.W. "Chipotle Mexican Grill’s Meatwashing Propaganda: Corporate-speak Hiding Suffering of 'Commodity' Animals" in The Political Language of Food, Samuel Boerboom, Editor, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. (in press, 2015-16).
Gorsevski, E.W. “Restoring Frank Church’s Natural Place in American Public Address: Orations that Saved ‘The River of No Return Wilderness’” in Green Voices: Defending Nature and the Environment in American Civic Discourses, Richard Besel and Bernard Duffy, Editors. SUNY Press, 2014.
Gorsevski, E.W. “Nonviolence as a Communication Strategy: An Introduction to the Rhetoric of Peacebuilding” in Handbook on Media and Mass Communication, Robert Fortner, Editor, Wiley, 2014.
Gorsevski, E.W. “The Post 9/11 Rhetoric of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida: Promoting Christianity’s Global Cultural Hegemony” in The Handbook of Communication and Religion, Tina Harris and Stephen Croucher, Editors. SAGE, 2012.
Gorsevski, E.W. “Revealing Western Norms of Gender Identity in What Not To Wear: Idealizing Femininity in Visual Culture To Win the ‘War on Terror.’” In Fix Me Up: Essays on Television Dating and Makeover Shows [anthology on rhetoric of this genre of programs], Judith Lancioni, Editor. McFarland, 2010.
Gorsevski, E.W. “Running Free in Angelina Jolie’s Virtual Body: The Myth of the New Frontier and Gender Liberation in SecondLife” In Millenial Mythmaking: Essays on the Power of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, Films and Games, John Perlich and David Whitt, Editors. McFarland, 2010.
Gorsevski, E.W. “The Post 9/11 Rhetoric of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida: Promoting Christianity’s Global Cultural Hegemony” in The Handbook of Communication and Religion, Tina Harris and Stephen Croucher, Editors. SAGE. In press, 2011.
Editor, Graduate Section of the Special Issue on Intersections between Performance Studies, Media, Gender, Leadership, and Peace Studies. Global Media Journal 8.15 (2009).
Gorsevski, E.W. "Rigoberta Menchú Tum’s 'Challenges' to Peacebuilding: International and Intercultural Dimensions of Invitational Rhetoric." Peer reviewed panel paper accepted by and presented to the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, National Communication Association (NCA) - Annual Convention, Chicago, IL. November, 2014.
Gorsevski, E.W. “Missionary Impossible: Mother Teresa and the Rhetoric of Compassionate Human Rights,” Panel Paper for ‘Awakening Community: Rhetorics of Human Rights in Public Address,’ in Rhetoric and Public Address Division, National Communication Association (NCA) Orlando, FL, November, 2012.
Gorsevski, E.W. “Grant Us Peace: Pursuing Funding Opportunities in Communication for Peacebuilding Research, Teaching and Service.” Presentation in Interactive Roundtable Discussion, “Expanding our Community through Applied Peacebuilding Scholarship/Praxis,” National Communication Association (NCA) Orlando, FL, November, 2012.
Gorsevski, E.W. “Accentuating Nonviolence and Peacebuilding in Communication and Conflict.” Peacebuilding Position Papers – Presentation and Roundtable Discussion, National Communication Association (NCA) - Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, November 17, 2011.
Gorsevski, E.W. “Venus Envy: Alva Myrdal’s Visual Rhetoric of Feminine Peace Diplomacy in the Cold War.” National Communication Association (NCA) Convention, San Francisco, CA, November 14, 2010.
Gorsevski, E.W. “Remapping Green Spaces and Retrieving Sacred Places: Wangari Maathai’s Emplaced Rhetoric of the Green Belt Movement.” Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender (OSCLG), Tampa, FL, October 14, 2010.
Gorsevski, E.W. “Peace-building in the Heartland: Shirin Ebadi’s Back-Door Diplomatic Rhetoric in American Popular Culture.” Midwest Popular Culture Association (MPCA) Conference, Minneapolis, MN, October 3, 2010.Ellen Gorsevski, Canchu Lin, and Raymond Schuck. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers: How The Rhetoric of Globalization Elides Human Rights in ‘The Bodies’ Museum Exhibits.” Top papers panel, National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, IL, Nov., 2009.
Ellen Gorsevski, "Rhetorical Constructions of Gandhi on the Net." Presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, Nov., 2009.
Ellen Gorsevski, "Zitkala-Sa's Nonviolent Rhetoric of Native American Resistance to Cultural Violence of Religion Replacement." Presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, Nov., 2009.
Ellen Gorsevski, A Discourse on the Upcoming Handbook of Communication and Religion, paper titled: "The Post 9/11 Rhetoric of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida: Promoting Christianity’s Global Cultural Hegemony." Presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, Nov., 2009.
Ellen Gorsevski, Michael Butterworth, “Muhammad Ali’s Fighting Words: The Rhetoric of Radical Nonviolent Resistance.” Presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, Nov., 2008.
Ellen Gorsevski, Megan O’Byrne, “The ‘We Go’ Function of Protest Rhetoric in Music: the ‘People Power’ of Ozomatli Goes To War for Peace.” Presented at the NCA Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, Nov., 2008.
Panel presenter, “Engaging in unCONVENTIONal Behavior: Dealing with Language Diversity in the Basic Course.” National Communication Association, November 21, 2008.
Recent Awards & Recognitions:
Waterhouse Family Institute (WFI) Research Grant, Villanova University (2014-2015) for research project: “Barbara Lee's Peacebuilding Rhetoric: Communication Leadership in the Social Justice Tradition of African American Congresswomen.” Included in this WFI grant award of $5,810 is support of travel for research and for graduate research assistant.
Awarded Faculty Improvement Leave (FIL) [research sabbatical], BGSU, 2014-15 academic year.
B. Aubrey Fisher Award for Outstanding Article published in Western Journal of Communication, 2012.
Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS) - Scholar-In-Residence Research Fellowship, BGSU, Fall 2011.
Organization for Research on Women and Communication (ORWAC), 2009-2010 academic year, for research and travel in support of book project on the rhetoric of the women Nobel Peace laureates, $1,000.
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Notre Dame University, Indiana – Sponsored for one full week intensive summer faculty training in development and management of peace and conflict studies curricula programming, $1,000 (in kind).
Faculty Mentoring and Enrichment Grant, BGSU, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, 2009-2010 Academic year, for course release to support development of book project on the nonviolent rhetoric of the women Nobel Peace laureates, $5,000.
Leadership Efforts by Women, Educators, and Civil Society Organizations for Peace and Conflict Resolution in South Eastern Europe, Second Co-PI with Lara Lengel on SEE Research Incentive Grant [with Ph.D. student CO-Is Anca Birzescu, Linda Ziberi, Christian Vukasovich; undergraduate research assistant Benjamin Baldwin], $10,000.
National Communication Association (NCA)
Organization for Research on Women and Communication (ORWAC)
Western States Communication Association (WSCA)
Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA)
Center for Global Nonkilling (CGNK)