Kevin Musgrave

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  • Lecturer
  • Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture
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My research interests include business history, conservatism, and political theory. My dissertation seeks to bring these interests together in an interrogation of the rhetorical dynamics of corporate personhood. Arguing that the metaphor of personhood matters for understanding the dynamics of power that structure the public sphere, my dissertation takes an historical approach to the corporate person. Charting its emergence from amongst a web of cultural discourses, I demonstrate the ways in which rhetorics about the corporate person are bound to and emerge from within particular historical junctures. I pay critical attention to four such junctures, charting arguments for corporate personhood that coalesce around differing attributes of the person: Body, Soul, Voice, and Mind.


  • M.A. Communication, University of Oklahoma, 2013
  • B.A. Sociology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2010


  • Top four student paper for “The Rupture as Ethical Imperative: Reading the Phaedrus through Levinas’s Ethics” , Philosophy of Communication Division of NCA , 2016
  • Elliot Dissertation Scholarship , UW Madison Department of Communication Arts , 2016
  • Charles C. Pearce Scholarship in Film , UW Madison Department of Communication Arts , 2016
  • Doctoral Honors Seminar , National Communication Association , 2016
  • Helen K. Herman Memorial Scholarship , UW Madison Department of Communication Arts , 2015
  • Top Student Paper for "A Struggle for Hearts and Minds: Industry v. Politics in Bruce Barton's 'The Public'" , NCA Association of Business Communication , 2015
  • Graduate Student Social Justice Research Fellow , University of Oklahoma Department of Women and Gender Studies , 2013
  • Top Undergraduate Paper , University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Department of Sociology , 2009


  • 2018. "The Rupture as Ethical Imperative: Reading the Phaedrus through Levinas’s Ethics." Philosophy and Rhetoric , Forthcoming .
  • 2017. "A Battle For Hearts and Minds: Evangelical Capitalism and Pastoral Power in Bruce Barton's "The Public"." Rhetoric and Public Affairs , 20, 133-159 .


  • 2015. "FDR's Commonwealth Club Address," CA 370 Guest Lecture .
  • 2015. "Counterpublics, Colorblind Racism, and Public Argument: The Case of Bernie Sanders and Black Lives Matter," CA 262 Guest Lecture .



  • CA 100 -- Introduction to Speech Composition
  • CA 260 -- Communication and Human Behavior
  • CA 262 -- Theory and Practice of Argumentation and Debate
  • CA 370 -- Great Speakers and Speeches
  • CA 372 -- The Rhetoric of Campaigns and Revolutions