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Kelly, Casey

Associate Professor - Communication Studies
College of Communication


Fairbanks Building - 258
TR 11:00-12:00 AM


Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Media, Rhetoric, and Culture. His research explores American Indian rhetoric, neocolonialism in film and television, postfeminism, and the rhetoric of popular culture. Dr. Kelly is also the Director of the policy debate team at Butler University. His current book manuscript entitled Abstinence Cinema works at the intersections of critical rhetoric and media studies by examining how renewed public discourse about feminine "purity" and abstinence-until-marriage augment cultural narratives of virginity in contemporary US films.

For more see my professional blog: http://blogs.butler.edu/caseykelly1/



Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)
Dr. Kelly's published research has appeared (or is forthcoming) in journals such as Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Feminist Media Studies, Communication Quarterly, Argumentation and Advocacy, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Western Journal of Communication, Women's Studies in Communication, and Advances in the History of Rhetoric and the new edited book collection Communicating Colonialism: Readings on Postcolonial Theory and Communication (Ed. Rae Lynn Schwartz, Peter Lang Press, 2014) and the forthcoming collection Race and Hegemonic Struggle in the United States: Pop Culture, Politics, and Protest (Ed. Mary Triece and Michael Lacy, Fairleigh Dickson Press, 2014). 

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)

MRC 330: Representations of Race and Difference

SW 266: Media Literacy 


Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Minnesota (2009); M.A., Communication Studies, Wake Forest University (2003); B.A., History, Gonzaga University (2001)

Nominated for the ORWAC Feminist Scholarship Award for "Women's Rhetorical Agency in the American West: The New Penelope" in Women's Studies in Communication (Spring 2009); Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, competitively selected university-wide and awarded by the Graduate School, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2008-2009)

Association Memberships (professional/educational)
National Communication Association (2001-Present), Society for Cinema and Media Studies (2012-) Rhetoric Society of America (2006-present) Central States Speech Association (2006-present) American Society for the History of Rhetoric (2007-present)