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Dr. Nelson teaches and researches issues in rhetorical theory and criticism, critical
intercultural communication, and social theory. His current research projects interrogate
the rhetorical features of neoliberal capitalism in education policy; culture, race,
and class in communicative practices of community; and the politics of restructuring
the City of Detroit and its neighborhoods.
Rhetoric of Social Movements Rhetorical Criticism History of Rhetorical Theory Principles of Rhetoric and Argumentation Special Topics: Rhetoric of Capitalism Interracial/Intercultural Communication Theories of Human Communication
Lee, E. Y. & Nelson, C. M. (2018). Can Detroiters dream again? The imagined dialectics
of urban decline in Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown—Detroit. Communication Studies, 69(4), 421-438.
Meier, M. R. & Nelson, C. M. (2016). “Would you want your sister to marry one of them”:
Whiteness, stand-up, and Lenny Bruce. In M. R. Meier & C. R. Schmitt (Eds.), Standing up, speaking out (pp. 92-110). New York: Routledge.
Nelson, C. M. (2015). Resisting whiteness: Mexican American studies and rhetorical
struggles for visibility. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 8(1), 63-80.