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Brian L. Ott, PhD


Curriculum Vitae​
E-mail: Brian Ott
Office Location: 3319
Phone: Please contact via email
Areas of Expertise: Media and Rhetorical Studies


Education & Degrees

PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, Communication Arts & Sciences, 1997

MA, The Pennsylvania State University, Communication Arts & Sciences, 1993

BA, George Mason University, Communication, 1991


Brian L. Ott (Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University) is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair. His chief research interest concerns how media texts equip people to live their lives. Brian's research has appeared in journals such as Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Text and Performance Quarterly, The Journal of Popular Culture, Western Journal of Communication, and Women's Studies in Communication. He is President of the Western States Communication Association and a former Editor of the Western Journal of Communication.

Select Publications


Dickinson, G., Blair, C., & Ott, B. L. (Eds.). (2010). Places of public memory: The rhetoric of museums and memorials. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press. 

Ott, B. L., & Mack, R. L. (2010). Critical media studies: An introduction. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. 

Leverette, M., Ott, B. L., & Buckley, C. L. (Eds.). (2008). It’s not TV: Watching HBO in the post-television era. New York: Routledge. 

Ott, B. L. (2007). The small screen: How television equips us to live in the Information Age. Malden, MA: Blackwell. 


Ott, B. L., & Lazić, G. (2013). The pedagogy and politics of art in postmodernity: Cognitive mapping and The Bothersome Man. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 99(3) 259-282. doi: 10.1080/00335630.2013.806816 [Lead Article]

Ott, B. L., & Burgchardt, C. (2013). On critical-rhetorical pedagogy: Dialoging with Schindler’s List. Western Journal of Communication, 77(1), 14-33. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2012.719659​

Ott, B. L., & Keeling, D. (2011). Cinema and choric connection: Lost in Translation as sensual experience. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 97(4), 363-386. doi: 10.1080/00335630.2011.608704 [Lead Article] 

Ott, B. L., Aoki, E., & Dickinson, G. (2011). Ways of (not) seeing guns: Presence and absence at the Cody Firearms Museum. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 8(3), 215-239. doi: 10.1080/14791420.2011.594068 [Lead Article] 

Bonnstetter, B. E., & Ott, B. L. (2011). (Re)writing Mary Sue: Écriture féminine and the performance of subjectivity. Text and Performance Quarterly, 31(4), 342-367. doi: 10.1080/10462937.2011.602706 

Ott, B. L. (2011). Review essay: Assessing rhetorics of social resistance. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 97(3), 334-347. doi: 10.1080/00335630.2011.585171 

Ott, B. L. (2010). The visceral politics of V for Vendetta: On political affect in cinema. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 27(1), 32-47. doi: 10.1080/15295030903554359 

Courses Taught

Graduate Classes
COMM 5600, Media Theory
COMM 5710, Topics in Communication: Film Criticism

Undergraduate Classes
COMM 1021, Introduction to Media Studies
COMM 1111, Evaluating Contemporary TV (First Year Seminar)
COMM 3650, Media and Society
UNHL 3815, Life in the Information Age (Honors Seminar)​