Casey Kelly

Associate Professor, Rhetoric & Public Culture Communication Studies


Dr. Casey Ryan Kelly, Associate Professor, studies at intersection between rhetoric and cultural studies and explores a range of cultural proxy wars concerning gender, race, and nationalism, including food and globalization, hegemonic masculinity, sexuality and film, pop culture and neocolonialism, and indigenous self-determination. 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, 2017) and co-editor of Decolonizing Native American Rhetoric (Peter Lang). His research has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of SpeechText and Performance QuarterlyCommunication and Critical/Cultural Studies, among others. Kelly is the 2017 recipient of National Communication Association’s Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division’s Early Career Award and the 2015 NCA 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.