Jeremy Engels

Jeremy Engels

Jeremy Engels

Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences
2016–17 Joyce L. and Douglas S. Sherwin Early Career Professor in the Rock Ethics Institute
Barry Director of the Paterno Fellows Program
215 Sparks Building


B.A., University of Kansas, 2002
M.A., University of Illinois, 2003
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?

Dr. Engels is the author of The Politics of Resentment: A Genealogy (2015) and Enemyship: Democracy and Counter-Revolution in the Early Republic (2010) and 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.

Dr. Engels 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 a Rock Ethics Institute Sherwin Early Career Professor, Dr. Engels explored the ethics of yoga and mindfulness and worked with faculty and students from across the university on a holistic living initiative.


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