Dr. Kevin Cummings
Professor of Communication Studies
Chair of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts Department
- B.A., University of Texas at El Paso
- M.A. and Ph.D., Denver University
I am professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts at Mercer University and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. My undergraduate degree is from the University of Texas at El Paso, and I completed my Ph.D. at Denver University. In my free time, I enjoy riding roller coasters and reading (and watching) science fiction and fantasy. My academic research explores intersections between rhetoric and media, including scholarship on artificial intelligence, invasive species, and Twitter. I have been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, AT&T, and the International Debate Education Association. My prior work in argumentation studies was featured in Controversia and Critical Problems in Argumentation, and my most recent publications are a co-authored chapter in The Handbook of Media and Mass Communication Theory on the subject of citizenship and consumption in the age of Twitter, a co-authored chapter in the book Communication and Control on chatbots and affective labor, and a co-edited volume titled The Ethics and Rhetoric of Invasion Ecology.