Casey Kelly

Associate Professor, Rhetoric & Public Culture Communication Studies


Dr. Casey Ryan Kelly, Associate Professor, studies rhetoric, media culture, and race/gender precarity in a postindustrial age. Working at the intersections of rhetoric and critical/cultural studies, his research explores the tensions between rhetorics of self-determination and liberation and the structural and historical conditions underpinning sovereignty, neocolonialism, globalization, poverty, and postindustrial decline. His work in gender studies explores the rhetorical features of the backlash against liberationist movements, theorizing neotraditionalism, postfeminism, and hegemonic masculinity. He is author of Abstinence Cinema: Virginity and the Rhetoric of Sexual Purity in Contemporary Film (Rutgers University Press, 2016), Food Television and Other in an Age of Globalization (Lexington Books, 2017) and co-editor of Decolonizing Native American Rhetoric: Communicating Self-Determination (under contract with Peter Lang). His research has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Text and Performance Quarterly, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and Communication, Culture and Critique, among others. Kelly is the 2017 recipient of National Communication Association Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division’s Early Career Award and the 2015 National Communication Association, Critical/Cultural Studies Division's New Investigator Award.

Representative Publications:

Kelly, C.R. (2017). Food television and otherness in the age of globalization. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Kelly, C.R. (2016). Abstinence cinema: Virginity and the rhetoric of sexual purity in contemporary film. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Kelly, C.R. (2017). It Follows: Precarity, thanatopolitics, and the ambient horror film. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 34 (3): 234-249.

 Kelly, C.R.  (2016). Chastity for democracy: Surplus repression and the rhetoric of sex education. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 102 (4): 353-375.

 Kelly, C.R. (2016). The man-poclypse: Doomsday Preppers and the rituals of apocalyptic manhood. Text and Performance Quarterly, 36 (2): 95-114.