School of Communication

Robert Hariman

Department of Communication Studies

Robert Hariman

318 Annie May Swift Hall
1920 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-3545
Graduate Programs: Rhetoric and Public Culture, Communication Studies. Screen Cultures

Robert Hariman joined the Northwestern faculty in 2004. His scholarship focuses on the role of style in human affairs, particularly with regard to political judgment and the discursive constitution of modern society. Hariman teaches courses in rhetorical theory and the critical study of public culture. In addition to his book publications, Hariman has written numerous book chapters and journal articles in several disciplines.



PhD Communication Studies, University of Minnesota
BA Communication, Macalester College

Recent Publications

No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy, co-authored with John Louis Lucaites, University of Chicago Press, 2007; paperback 2011

“What is a Chiasmus? Or, Why the Abyss Stares Back,” in Chiasmus and Culture, edited by Boris Wiseman and Anthony Paul (Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2014), 45-68

“Hands and Feet: Photojournalism, the Fragmented Body Politic, and Collective Memory,” with John Louis Lucaites, in Journalism and Memory, edited by Barbie Zelizer and Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 131-147

“Seeing the Stranger in the Mirror: Everyday Life in Magnum’s Public World,” in Reading Magnum: A Visual Archive of the Modern World, edited by Steven Hoelscher (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013), 246-265

“Reading Public Culture: Reason and Excess in the Newspaper,” in Astonishment and Evocation: The Spell of Culture in Art and Anthropology, edited by Ivo Strecker and Markus Verne (Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2013), 180-189

“Vernacular Memorials and Civic Decline,” with John Louis Lucaites, in The Landscapes of 9/11: A Photographer’s Journey, edited by Edward T. Linenthal, Jonathan Hyman, & Christiane Gruber (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013), 125-133

“The Mushroom Cloud and the Cold War Nuclear Optic,” with John Louis Lucaites, in Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis, Geoffrey Batchen et al., eds., (London: Reaktion Books, 2012), 134-145

Seeing the Bomb, Imagining the Future: Allegorical Vision in the Post-Cold War Nuclear Optic,” with John Louis Lucaites, Cahiers ReMix 1 (2012)

“New Wine in Old Bottles: Quotations and the Rhetoric of Fiction,” review of The Words of Others: From Quotations to Culture and The Long and the Short of It: From Aphorism to Novel, by Gary Saul Morson, Quarterly Journal of Speech 99 (2013): 233-41

Review of The Net Effect: Romanticism, Capitalism, and the Internet by Thomas Streeter, Quarterly Journal of Speech 98 (2012): 337-340


  • 310 Rhetoric, Democracy, and Empire in Classical Athens
  • 425 Rhetoric and Its Afterlives
  • 480 Visual Rhetoric
  • 525 Emotions in Public Life
  • MSC Communication, Management, and Ethics