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Jeremy Engels

Jeremy Engels

Assistant Professor, Communication Arts and Sciences

2009 Faculty Seminar Co-Director

2008 Faculty Seminar Fellow

215 Sparks Building
University Park , Pennsylvania 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-0760


  1. Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2006
  2. M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2003
  3. B.A., University of Kansas, 2002


Jeremy Engels is assistant professor of rhetorical studies in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State.  His research focuses on the rhetorical foundations of democratic practices. His first book, Enemyship, investigates, through detailed historical case studies, how talk of "the enemy" functions to coordinate political action—all the while theorizing the limits of such talk and its inappropriateness in republics/democracies. Building on the foundations of this work, his is currently drafting a series of essays that investigate the rhetorical aspects of “peace.”