Anthony Arrigo, PhD

Associate Professor

English & Communication



Liberal Arts 301


University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesPhD in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Comm.
Carnegie Mellon UniversityMA in Rhetoric
Duquesne UniversityBA in Organizational Behavior





The study and contemporary application of ancient Greek and Roman rhetorical theory. Students will apply rhetorical theory in ongoing analyses of a wide range of communication media (written, spoken, visual) and in their own writing.

Exploration of current theories and processes of visual communication within the public sphere. Drawing on notions of visuality in rhetoric, visual studies, cultural studies, art history, media studies, and communication studies, this course considers the role of the visual in our increasingly hyper-visualized and digital world.

Emphasis on combining textual and graphic components to accomplish production-oriented, informative, instructional, and persuasive tasks. Students will acquire a broad understanding of the fundamentals of visual communication and document design. Students will then evaluate the effectiveness of design choices for particular rhetorical situations and apply those principles to specific projects using industry-standard design/publishing software.


Research Interests

  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Technology and Culture
  • Visual Rhetoric
  • Environment
  • History of Technology

Select publications

  • Anthony Arrigo (2014).
    Imaging Hoover Dam: The Making of a Cultural Icon
    University of Nevada Press

Dr. Anthony F. Arrigo conducts interdisciplinary research that contributes to scholarship in rhetoric and communications studies, cultural and technology studies, and environmental studies. He is the co-founder and faculty coordinator of the English department's arts and culture magazine, Dart. He is the recipient of the 2012 Provost's Best Practices award for innovative uses of technology in the classroom and is the Principal Investigator (PI) on a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Research Institute.

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