Communication Studies

Davi Johnson Thornton

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Areas of expertise

Rhetorical Theory; Rhetorical Criticism; Popular Neuroscience; Critical Health Studies; Rhetoric and Civil Rights


MA; PhD, University of Georgia 2006

Teaching Philosophy

Previous Courses

Rhetorics of Health

Rhetoric of Civil Rights

Rhetorical Theory (Rhetorical Traditions) 

Rhetorical Criticism



Brain Culture: Neuroscience and Popular Media. Published by Rutgers University Press, 2011. 

"The Rhetoric of Civil Rights Photographs: James Meredith's March Against Fear. Rhetoric & Public Affairs, forthcoming Fall 2013. 

"Neuroscience, Affect and the Entrepreneurialization of Motherhood." Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 8(4), 2011, 399-424.

"Race, Risk, and Pathology in Psychiatric Culture: Disease Awareness Campaigns as Governmental Rhetoric." Critical Studies in Media Communication, 27(4), 2010. 

"Psychiatric Power: The Post-Museum as a Site of Rhetorical Alignment." Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 5, 344-362. 

"'How Do You Know Unless You Look?' Brain Imaging, Biopower and Practical Neuroscience." Journal of Medical Humanities, 29, 147-161. 

"Managing Mr. Monk: Control and the Politics of Madness." Critical Studies in Media Communication, 25(1), 28-47. 

"Mapping the Meme: A Geographical Approach to Materialist Rhetorical Criticism." Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 4(1), 27-50. 

"Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1963 Birmingham Campaign as Image Event." Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 10(1), 1-26. 

"Dawkins' Myth: The Religious Dimensions of Evolutionary Discourse." Journal of Communication & Religion, 29, 285-314. 

"The Rhetoric of Huey P. Newton." Southern Communication Journal, 70, 15-30.