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Dr. Paul Dahlgren
Professor and Department Chair 
English and Modern Language
English Building, room 228
Phone: 229-931-2191


After earning his BA, MA, and Ph.D. in California, Professor Dahlgren returned to Georgia where he is closer to his extended family.  When he is not teaching or engaging in research, he likes to grill pizza, and cook for the family.  His favourite novelists include Octavia Butler, Haruki Murakami, China Miéville, and Nuruddin Farah (none of which he gets to read often enough).   He is also a terrible gardener. 

Teaching Philosophy

The study of rhetoric is necessarily interdisciplinary, not only because modern day rhetoricians work in several fields outside of English, but also because rhetoric, as an object of study, precedes and informs the creation of most modern academic disciplines. My own work focuses on the connections between rhetoric, the history of media, and the history of the study of the mind in from both a historical and scientific perspective. When teaching, I ask student to work on integrating the knowledge they have acquired from outside of my course with their work on rhetoric, and I try to prepare them to use rhetoric to help them communicate better in their other classes.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • M.A., University of California, Irvine
  • B.A., Pomona College

Research Interests

  • Histories and Theories of Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric and Poetics
  • Rhetorical Pedagogy
  • Critical Theory and Cultural Studies
  • Reception Studies, Media History, Media Archaeology
  • Public Sphere Theory

Courses Taught

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Capstone
  • Rhetoric:  History, Theory, Pedagogy
  • Cultural Studies in Rhetoric
  • Shakespeare
  • Critical Literacy and Literature 

Recent Publications

  • “Review of Beyond the Pulpit: Women's Rhetorical Roles in the Antebellum Religious Press.”  Composition Studies 41.1 (Spring 2013):  127-131
  • “Review of Preaching the Inward Light: Early Quaker Rhetoric.”  Rhetorica:  A Journal of the History of Rhetoric.  30.4 (Autumn 2012) 445-447.
  • “Review of The Pilgrim and the Bee.”  Receptions:  A Journal of the Receptions Studies Society. 3.1 (Summer 2011) 167-170.
  • “Review of Rhetoric and The Republic.” Rhetorica:  A Journal of the History of Rhetoric.  29.2 (Spring 2011) 208-211
  • “Reflections for a Small Island:  Hannah Arendt, Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the Politics of Childhood” Journal of Religious and Cultural Theory.  7.2 (Spring 2006): 35-46. (

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