Robert Hariman

Robert Hariman joined the Northwestern faculty in 2004. His scholarship focuses on the role of public art and artistry 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, and his work has been translated into French and Chinese.


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

Selected Publications

The Public Image: Photography and Civic Spectatorship, co-authored with John Louis Lucaites (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016)

Culture, Catastrophe, and Rhetoric: The Texture of Political Action, co-edited with Ralph Cintron, Studies in Rhetoric Culture, vol. 7 (New York: Berghahn Books, 2015)

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

Political Style: The Artistry of Power (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995)

"Finding the Yes in No: Persistence, Astonishment, Resonance, and Abundance in Ivo's World,” Anthropology as Homage: Festschrift for Ivo Strecker, edited by Felix Girke, Sophia Thubauville, and Wolbert Smidt, (Cologne: Rüdiger KöppeVerlang, 2018), 189-198

“Image Appropriation and the Co-production of Meaning,” with John Louis Lucaites, in Rhetorical Audience Studies and Reception of Rhetoric: Exploring Audiences Empirically, edited by Jens E. Kjeldsen (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018), 285-308

“Public Culture,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication, ed. Jon Nussbaum (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017),

“Love in the Ruins? Or, Photography’s Radical Promise,” Explorations in Media Ecology 17 (2018): 491-497

“Predicting the Present: Iconic Photographs and Public Culture in the Digital Media Environment,” with John Louis Lucaites, Journalism & Communication Monographs 20 (2018): 318-324

“Photography: The Abundant Art,” with John Louis Lucaites, Photography and Culture 9 (2016): 39-58

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


  • 294 The Public Image
  • 310 Rhetoric, Democracy, and Empire in Classical Athens
  • 404 Classical Rhetoric and Its Afterlives
  • 412 Modern Rhetorical Theory
  • 453 Visual Rhetoric

Robert Hariman



Communication Studies


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Graduate Programs:

Rhetoric and Public Culture; Screen Cultures