Dr Kenneth S Zagacki

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Professor

Biography

Ken Zagacki is a Professor of Communication and Head of the Department of Communication at NC State University. His research includes the study of presidential speeches about American foreign policy, the rhetoric of scientific argumentation, the rhetorical dimensions of visual communication, and the relationship between philosophy and rhetoric. He has published numerous articles in major scholarly journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Philosophy & Rhetoric, and Rhetoric & Public Affairs

Ken joined the faculty at NC State in August 2001, before which he was an associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University

Projects

His current research projects include a co-authored work with his colleague Dr. Victoria Gallagher and a former graduate student Kelly Martin titled "Communicative spaces and rhetorical enactments: How and why urban parks enhance (or fail to enhance) civic life," in Matsaganis, M., Gallagher, V.J. & Drucker, S. (eds.) Communicative Cities in the 21st Century: Urban Communication Reader III, (London: Peter Lang, 2013).  Drs. Zagacki and Gallagher are also exploring what they call "haunting rhetoric" in the popular "Titanic: An Artifact Exhibit," which appeared in Raleigh at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in 2005 and then again in 2012. Dr. Zagacki recently published, in 2011, an essay with Dan Grano titled Cleansing the Superdome: The Paradox of Purity and Post-Katrina Guilt,” in the Quarterly Journal of Speech. 97, 201-223.

Publications

Gallagher, V.J., Zagacki, K. and Martin, K.N. Communicative spaces and rhetorical enactments: How and why urban parks enhance (or fail to enhance) civic life. In Matsaganis, M., Gallagher, V.J. & Drucker, S. (eds.) Communicative Cities in the 21st Century: Urban Communication Reader III, (London: Peter Lang) 2013.

Gallagher, V., Zagacki, K.S., & Martin, K. N. (2011). Materiality and Urban Communication: The Rhetoric of Communicative Spaces. In Communication Matters: Materialist Approaches to Media, Mobility and Networks Jeremy Packer & Stephen B. Crofts Wiley (ED), New York: Routledge Press.

Grano, D. & Zagacki, K.S., (2011). “Cleansing the Superdome: The Paradox of Purity and Post-Katrina Guilt.” Quarterly Journal of Speech. 97, 201-223.

Zagacki, K.S. & Gallagher, V. (2009). “Rhetoric and Materiality in theMuseum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art.” Quarterly Journal of Speech. 95, 171-191.

Zagacki, K.S. (2008). “Preserving Heritage and Wilderness: Defining the North Carolina ‘OLF’ Controversy.” Southern Communication Journal. 73, 261-279.

Zagacki, K.S. (2007). Constitutive Rhetoric Reconsidered: Constitutive Paradoxes in G. W. Bush’s Iraq War Speeches. Western Journal of Communication. 71, 272-293.

 Jones, K.T., Zagacki, K.S. & Lewis, T. (2007). Communication, Liminality, and Hope: The September 11thMissing Person Posters. Communication Studies. 58, 105-121.

Zagacki, K.S. & Fitzgerald, P. (2006). Rhetoric and Anger. Philosophy & Rhetoric. 4, 290-309.