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Jeremy Engels

by Rob Peeler Aug 19, 2016
Jeremy Engels

Sherwin Early Career Professor

Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences

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


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


Jeremy Engels is a rhetorical scholar who studies the rhetorical foundations of democratic culture, in all their beauty, in all their ugliness, and ultimately in all their perplexity. His research asks the question, what practices of the care of the self are necessary for us to be confident, competent, capable participants in democracy and the struggle for social justice? He is the author of The Politics of Resentment: A Genealogy (2015) and Enemyship: Democracy and Counter-Revolution in the Early Republic (2010), and has just completed a new book titled The Art of Gratitude. For his work, he has been awarded the Karl Wallace Award and the New Investigator Award from the National Communication Association. Jeremy is also a trained yoga teacher (RYT-500), and he is currently beginning a new project investigating how yoga philosophy has informed the American democratic tradition. Professor Engels teaches courses in rhetorical theory (CAS 201, CAS 420), the rhetoric of war and peace (CAS 373), communication ethics (CAS 426W), rhetorical criticism (CAS 311, CAS 411), and democratic theory (CAS 506). 

During his time as Sherwin Early Career Professor, Jeremy will be exploring the ethics of yoga and mindfulness, and he will also be working with faculty and students from across the university on a holistic living initiative.