Lawrence Prelli

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Lawrence Prelli


  • Ph.D., Speech/Theater Education, Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A., CommunicationSpeechComRhetoric, University at Albany
  • M.S., Natural Resources/Conservation, University of New Hampshire
  • B.S., Political Sci.&Government Rel., State University of New York at Brockport

Research Interests

  • Rhetoric of ecology and environment, of science and expertise, of symbolic actions

Courses Taught

  • CMN 456: Propaganda and Persuasion
  • CMN 556: Persuasion and Public Problems
  • CMN 697: Sem/Environ Comm & Rhetoric
  • CMN 756: Rhetorics of Display

Selected Publications

Anderson, F. D., & Prelli, L. J. (2018). Kenneth Burke’s Agonistic Theory of Knowledge. Western Journal of Communication, 82(2), 181-193. doi:10.1080/10570314.2017.1294706

Prelli, L. J. (2018). The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial as a Site of Virtuous Suffering. In R. Aden (Ed.), The Soul of the nation: U.S. Public Memory and the National Mall. Lexington Books.

Prelli, L. J., & Walsh, L. (2017). "Getting Down in the Weeds to Get a God's Eye View: The Synoptic Topology of Early American Ecology". In L. Walsh, & C. Boyle (Eds.), Topologies as Techiques for a Post-Critical Rhetoric (pp. 197-218). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Prelli, L. J. (2015). After the Genome: A Language for Our Biotechnological Future. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 101(2), 452-457. doi:10.1080/00335630.2015.1023967

Althouse, M. T., Prelli, L. J., & Anderson, F. D. (2015). Mapping the Rhetoric of Intelligent Design The Agentification of the Scene. In MAPPING CHRISTIAN RHETORICS: CONNECTING CONVERSATIONS, CHARTING NEW TERRITORIES (Vol. 21, pp. 161-179). Retrieved from

Prelli, L. J., Anderson, F. D., & Althouse, M. T. (2011). Kenneth Burke on Recalcitrance. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 41(2), 97-124. doi:10.1080/02773945.2011.553768

Prelli, L. J., & Winters, T. S. (2009). Rhetorical Features of Green Evangelicalism. Environmental Communication, 3(2), 224-243. doi:10.1080/17524030902928785

Howland, D., Becker, M. L., & Prelli, L. J. (2006). Merging content analysis and the policy sciences: A system to discern policy-specific trends from news media reports. Policy Sciences, 39(3), 205-231. doi:10.1007/s11077-006-9016-5

Prelli, L. J. (1996). Empirical Diversity, Interdependence, and the Problem of Rhetorical Invention and Judgment: The Case of Wife Abuse Facts. Communication Theory, 6(4), 406-429. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2885.1996.tb00139.x

Prelli, L. J. (1990). Rhetorical logic and the integration of rhetoric and science. Communication Monographs, 57(4), 315-322. doi:10.1080/03637759009376206

Most Cited Publications