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Hambrick, Margaret (PhD)

Department of Communication & Philosophy
Office: RH 0151A
Phone: 239-590-7369

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Ph.D. University of North Texas, Denton, Conferred Spring, 1991
M.A. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Conferred Spring, 1984
B.A. Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Conferred Spring, 1981

Research and Teaching Interests

My research focus involves critiquing the dissent rhetoric of social activists such as Al Feldstein, editor of Mad Magazine; Mavis Leno, chief spokesperson for Feminist Majority Foundation; and Glenn Smiley, nonviolent action mentor of Martin Luther King, Jr. I currently have a book under contract with Michigan State University Press titled: "On God's Left Side: William Sloane Coffin, Jr.'s Radical Prophetic Dissent Rhetoric." In addition, I have a new research trajectory in documentary theatre of social change. As an educator, I am committed to making connections between rhetoric and social justice and dissent with students.

Courses Offered

Rhetoric of Popular Culture (SPC 4931)
Rhetorical Criticism (COM 3343)
Persuasion and Propaganda (COM 3540)
Communication and Gender (COM 3014)
Interpersonal Communication (SPC 3301)
Senior Seminar (SPC 4932)
History of Rhetorical Theory (SPC 3230)



  • “Book Review of J. Russell Boulding, ed. Elise Boulding:  A Pioneer in Peace Research, Peacemaking, Feminism, Future Studies and the Family, Peace & Change,
  • In Press, “Al Feldstein and Mad’s Humor of Social Critique,” Essays on Mad Magazine’s Humor and Legacy from Cover to Fold-In, edited by Judith Lee andJohn C. Bird, published by University of Missouri Press, 2020.
  • “Fame Speaks to Power:  The Dissenting Voices of William Sloane Coffin and Mavis Leno,” The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies 7 (2013).
  • “Occupy Wall Street:  A Case Study of Democratic Celebrity Dissent Rhetoric,” Journal of Social Justice 2 (2011-12).
  • “Out of the Wilderness into the Spotlight:  Radical Prophecy and Celebrity in the Obama Presidential Campaign,” Race 2008:  Critical Reflections on a Historic Campaign, edited by Myra Mendible, published by Brown Walker Press/Universal Publishers, 2010.
  • “Evening Gowns to Burqas:  The Propaganda of Fame,” Propaganda and Persuasion, edited by Garth Jowett and Victoria O’Donnell, published by Sage, 2006.

Theatre for Social Change

  • Co-Author with Dr. Christy Stanlake.  Soul Force. A work of documentary theatre.  Typescript. March 2017.
  •    ---.Professional staged reading.  Directed by Elizabeth Van Dyke.  Castillo Theatre, New York, New York.  September 24, 2019.

Conference Presentations


  • “Growing Pains:  A Rhetorical Case Study of Patriarchal Power and Feminist Challenges during Organizational Adolescence,” Rhetoric Society of America 2016 Conference, Atlanta, May 27-29, 2016.
  • “The [De]Meaning of Incorruptible Flesh:  Ron Athey and the Ethos of Seduction,” Margaret Cavin Hambrick Co-Author and Presenter, National Communication Association, Chicago, November 20, 2014.
  • “Performing Seduction:  A Psychorhetoric for Social Change,” Margaret Cavin Hambrick Co-author and Presenter, paper delivered at the 12th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Madrid Spain in June 11-13, 2014.
  • “The Prophetic Celebrity Communication of Dissent,” Margaret Cavin Hambrick Author and Presenter, paper delivered at the 7th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Barcelona, Spain, June 25-28, 2012.
  • “From Invitation to the End of the World:  Persuasive Strategies for Women in the Academy,” Margaret Cavin Author and Presenter, Oxford Round Table regarding the topic “Women in the Academy:  Prospects and Promises,” Oxford University, Oxford England, July 2009.
  • “The Radical Prophetic Dissent Rhetoric of William Sloane Coffin, Jr.”  Margaret Cavin Author and Presenter, Top Four Competitive Papers in Peace and Conflict Division, and Scholar to Scholar Session, at the National Communication Convention, San Diego, November 2008.