James Farrell

Phone: (603) 862-3447
Office: Communication, Horton Social Science Center Rm 137, Durham, NH 03824
James Farrell

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.

Also this:


  • Ph.D., Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • M.A., Speech Communication, University of Maine
  • B.A., Communication, Bridgewater State University

Research Interests

  • American public address
  • Argumentation
  • Catholicism
  • Classical rhetoric
  • Irish famine
  • Political discourse
  • Propaganda

Courses Taught

  • 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.

FARRELL, J. M. (1992). SYREN-TULLY AND THE YOUNG ADAMS,JOHN. CLASSICAL JOURNAL, 87(4), 373-390. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

Farrell, J. M. (1990). Fisher Ames and political judgment: Reason, passion, and vehement style in the jay treaty speech. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 76(4), 415-434. doi:10.1080/00335639009383934

Farrell, J. M., & Adams, J. (1989). John Adams's Autobiography: The Ciceronian Paradigm and the Quest for Fame. The New England Quarterly, 62(4), 505. doi:10.2307/366395

Farrell, J. M. (n.d.). The Rhetoric(s) of St. Augustine’s Confessions. Augustinian Studies, 39(2), 265-291. doi:10.5840/augstudies200839224