Research Interests

Theories of Knowledge; Relational Communication; Silence; Social Movements; Nontraditional Rhetoric; Southeast Asia

Classes Teaching

  • Introduction to Communication in Public Advocacy (COMS 260)
  • Argumentative Analysis and Advocacy (COMS 215)
  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking (COMS 103)

Craig M. Pinkerton


Doctoral Student

School of Communication Studies
Ohio University
Lasher Hall 037
Athens, OH 45701-2979

Office: 740.593.4833
Fax: 740.593.4810


Ph.D. in Communication Studies, Ohio University, expected June 2012

M.A. in Communication Studies, Ohio University, March 2009

B.A. in English Language and Literature, Ohio University, August 2006

Background and Research Interests:

I am driven by an intellectual curiosity in theories of knowledge and theories of relational communication. I have studied the rhetoric of social movements, the rhetoric of silence, nontraditional rhetoric, theories of dialogue, and reflexive writing. I am especially interested in the wisdom of Southeast Asia and how it can contribute to communication theory. I am currently studying Thai language.

I have a background in literary criticism and classical and religious studies, which has shaped many of my decisions as a communication scholar. My specialization is in Rhetoric and Public Culture. I typically ask and answer questions using close-text analysis and rhetorical criticism, often layered with ethnographic methodologies.

Aside from scholarly pursuits, I enjoy practicing meditation, playing chess, performing on guitar, and learning about people and talk in the moments of everyday life.