Professor of Rhetoric in the Department of Communication. I teach courses in rhetorical theory & criticism, argumentation, and the history of American public address. I study American rhetoric of the 18th and 19th centuries, and have other research interests in Catholic and Irish topics. I've taught at UNH since 1988.
Ph.D., Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin - Madison
M.A., Speech Communication, University of Maine
B.A., Communication, Bridgewater State University
American public address
CMN 456: Propaganda and Persuasion
CMN 504: Introduction to Argumentation
CMN 597: Spc Top/Rhetorical Studies
CMN 627: Great Speakers and Speeches
CMN 737: Principles of Rhetorial Crit
CMN 757: American Public Address
CMN 799H: Honors Thesis
Selected Artistic Activities & Publications
Farrell, J. M. (2019). The Last Orator: Rufus Choate and the End of Classical Eloquence in America. In M. Edwards, A. Serafim, & S. Papaioannou (Eds.), Brill’ s Companion to the Reception of Ancient Rhetoric. Leiden: Brill. Retrieved from https://brill.com/
Farrell, J. M. (2019). Silk-Stocking Sympathy: American Whig Rhetoric and the Irish Famine. Éire-Ireland, 54(3-4), 206-233. doi:10.1353/eir.2019.0019
Farrell, J. M. (2018). Classical Rhetoric at Salem: Daniel Webster and the Murder of Captain White. International Journal of the Classical Tradition, 25(1), 36-56. doi:10.1007/s12138-016-0414-6
Farrell, J. M. (2016). Reporting the Irish Famine in America: Images of "Suffering Ireland" in the American Press, 1845-1848. In C. Reilly (Ed.), The Famine Irish: Emigration and the Great Hunger (pp. 67-84). Dublin: History Press. Retrieved from http://www.thehistorypress.ie/
"Lost on the Lusitania: The Tragic Story of Annie Kelly" (2015).
Farrell, J. M. (2011). “Above all Greek, above all Roman fame”: Classical Rhetoric in America during the Colonial and Early National Periods. International Journal of the Classical Tradition, 18(3), 415-436. doi:10.1007/s12138-011-0267-y
Farrell, J. M. (2006). The writs of assistance and public memory: John Adams and the legacy of James Otis. NEW ENGLAND QUARTERLY-A HISTORICAL REVIEW OF NEW ENGLAND LIFE AND LETTERS, 79(4), 533-556. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/
Farrell, J. M. (2006). 'This Horrible Spectacle': Visual and Verbal Sketches of the Famine in Skibbereen. In L. Prelli (Ed.), Rhetorics of Display (pp. 66-89). Columbia, SC: U of South Carolina P.
Farrell, J. M. (2004). Rhetoric and the Catholic Imagination. Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 7(4), 499-511. doi:10.1353/rap.2005.0025
Farrell, J. M. (1997). The Speech Within: Text and Performance in Daniel Webster's Eulogy to Adams and Jefferson. In Rhetoric and political culture in nineteenth-century America (pp. 15-37). Michigan State Univ Pr.