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/Theory; Media & Popular Culture; Black Church Studies
Phone:(607) 274-3216
Office:429 Muller Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

Dr. Christopher A. House (B.S., The College at Brockport, SUNY; M.A., Syracuse University; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh) is associate professor of Communication Studies and affiliate faculty in Culture and Communication and Martin Luther King Scholar program.
 His research interests are in rhetorical theology, rhetorics of HIV/AIDS, critical rhetoric, difference/diversity & inclusion, Black church studies, African American communication & rhetoric, rhetorical theory/criticism and media & popular culture.

As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Syracuse University Fellow, and K. Leroy Irvis Fellow, he has received several national awards and honors. Most notably Dr. House is the 2012 recipient of the National Communication Association's African American Communication and Culture Division Outstanding Dissertation Award for his dissertation, Rhetorics of the Black Church: Sex, Religion, and HIV/AIDS Across the African Diaspora. In this award winning study, he examines the rhetorical strategies, underpinnings and justifications of pastoral communication surrounding the HIV/AIDS crisis that disproportionately affect people of African descent in three areas of the world currently ravaged by AIDS--sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States.

He continues to extend this research into local, national and international communities by offering workshops, summer intensives and keynote addresses on HIV/AIDS related health issues, as he shares interventional communication strategies and rhetorical resources that create safe spaces for people living with HIV/AIDS and models for future rhetorical interventions to address the crisis.

His scholarship has been published in the International Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods (2016), Journal of Race & Public Policy (2014), International Journal of Communication (2013) and Memphis Theological Seminary Journal (2012). His current book project (under contract), Touch Your Neighbor and Say, “Black Lives Matter!”: Rhetoric, Race & Religion in the Age of #BLACKLIVESMATTER is expected to be published late 2016.

Dr. House is an ordained Christian 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. He is chaplain of the African American Worship Service at Cornell University (Cornell United Religious Work) and also a member of the Rochester, NY chapter of the National Black Leadership Commission on HIV/AIDS. 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

·      Rhetoric of HIV/AIDS

·      The Rhetoric of Religion

·      Introduction to Culture and Communication

·      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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