Christopher A. House

Christopher A. House

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Faculty, Culture and Communication
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:Rhetorics of HIV/AIDS; Critical Rhetoric & Difference; African American Rhetoric; Religious Rhetoric; Rhetorical Theology; Rhetorical Criticism; Rhetorical Theory; Media & Popular Culture
Phone:(607) 274-3216
Office:429 Muller Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

Christopher A. House, Ph.D., graduated summa cum laude from The College at Brockport with a B.S. in Communication Studies where he was a Ronald McNair Scholar. He earned his M.A. in Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University as a Syracuse University Fellow and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh as a K. Leroy Irvis fellow. His research interests are in the domain of Religious Rhetoric, Health Communication, African American Rhetoric, Public Address, and Rhetorical Theory. Dr. House is the recipient of the National Communication Association's African American Communication and Culture Division 2012 Outstanding Dissertation Award  for his dissertation, "Rhetorics of the Black Church: Sex, Religion, and HIV/AIDS Across the African Diaspora." 

His current research examines the rhetorical strategies, underpinnings and justifications of pastoral communication surrounding the HIV/AIDS crisis that disproportionately affect people of African descent. His scholarship focuses on three areas of the world currently ravaged by AIDS--sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States-- as they can best provide a representative sample of both world-wide HIV/AIDS cases and diverse Black Christian churches that speak to the multitudes on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis through a culturally geographic and theologically grounded religious rhetoric.

Drawing on this research, Dr. House’s most recent article was published in a special edition of the International Journal of Communication.  The 2013 Critical Communication History Special Edition features his article titled, "Religious Rhetoric(s) of the African Diaspora: Using Oral History to Study HIV/AIDS, Community, and Rhetorical Interventions." In this article, he focuses on the use of oral history and the examination of religious rhetoric to explain how black church leaders create safe spaces for people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as models for future rhetorical interventions to address the health crisis. Additionally, his article "Speaking in a Prophet's Stead: Rhetoric, Power and HIV/AIDS" appeared in a special January 2012 volume of the Memphis Theological Seminary Journal. This special volume focuses on rhetoric and religion. In this article, he raises critical questions concerning the politics and rhetorical practices of religious leaders speaking for others within the context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, given the historic backdrop of religious discourses of moral judgment once levied at people infected and affected with HIV/AIDS. 

Dr. House is an ordained minister, an accomplished motivational & inspirational speaker, and lecturer for several religious, non-profit and community organizations in the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, and in several African countries. In addition to his academic, professional, and ecclesiastical responsibilities, he enjoys spending time with family and friends.



         Dr. House has and/or will teach the following courses:


·      Public Communication

·      Rhetoric of the Black Church

·      The Rhetoric of Religion

·      Communication and Culture

·      Modern and Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric

·      The Rhetoric of The Simpsons

·      U.S. Civil Rights Seminar

.      African American Rhetoric

.      Communication, Culture and Rhetoric













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