About Samuel McCormick
At SF State Since:
Samuel McCormick is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. He studies rhetoric and public advocacy, especially as these topics intersect with broader issues in communication and social theory, intellectual and cultural history, contemporary American civic life, and the ever-shifting relationship between media, technology, and social change. His first book, Letters to Power: Public Advocacy Without Public Intellectuals, is the recent recipient of three book awards: the Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression, the James A. Winans - Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, and the Everett Lee Hunt Award. Professor McCormick is currently at work on two new book projects: one on the persuasive artistry of ordinary democratic life and another on the conceptual history of everyday talk.