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Elizabeth Thorpe

Associate Professor
(585) 395-5768
Office:  233 Holmes Hall


Elizabeth Thorpe is a native Texan, though you probably wouldn't be able to tell by simply talking to her. She has her B.A. from Baylor University and her M.A. from Texas A&M University, both in English, and her Ph.D in Communication (Rhetoric and Public Affairs) also from Texas A&M University. She is interested in constitutive rhetoric (specifically, the construction of national identity), legal rhetoric, and free speech. Her true passion, however, is teaching. At Brockport she has taught classes in protest and social change, argumentation and debate, propaganda, political rhetoric, freedom of expression, and rhetorical theory.


  • Ph.D. CommunicationTexas A&M University
  • M.A. English Texas A&M University
  • B.A. English Baylor University

Teaching and Creative Interests

  • SUNY Brockport Visiting Assistant Professor (Fall 2010 - Spring 2012)
  • Texas A&M Communication department, Instructor (2005-2010)
  • Texas A&M English department, Instructor (2004-2005)
  • Texas A&M Grader/TA, Film studies, 2003-2004
  • Baylor University, Grader/Middle English Transcriber, 1998-2001
  • Rhetorical Society of American, 2008-2009
  • Popular Culture Association, 2007-2008
  • National Communication Association, 2006-2007
  • Speaking for Technical Professions
  • Organizational Communication Seminar
  • American Oratory
  • Argumentation and Debate
  • Communication and Popular Culture
  • Introduction to Speech
  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Protest and Public Opinion
  • Political Rhetoric

Grants, Fellowships, and Honors

  • Tiffany Hunnicut Memorial Graduate Teaching Award, Communication department, 2009.
My research focuses on the rhetorical creation and maintenance of identity. I am particularly interested in the rhetorical dimensions of "American", "un-American", and how rhetoric assigns or denies agency because of gender, sex, race, class, and religion. I am comfortable with rhetorical criticism and theory application. My work has employed neo-Aristotelian criticism, close textual analysis, Burkean criticism, as well as post-structural analysis.Thorpe

Last Updated 7/23/21