Jansen Werner

Researcher, Academic, and Visiting Assistant Professor in Fort Myers, Florida

Jansen Werner

Researcher, Academic, and Visiting Assistant Professor in Fort Myers, Florida

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Jansen B. Werner is a rhetorical scholar who is primarily concerned with the ways in which rhetorical practice is employed to contest discrimination and, moreover, to promote the pursuit of social justice. His teaching and research interests broadly encompass rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism, and public address. He is especially interested in exploring the rhetorical dynamics of social change and racial justice advocacy, with a particular emphasis on African American public address. His current research contemplates the role that interpretations of “opportunity” played in shaping early twentieth-century black spokespersons’ public appeals for racial advancement.

Recent Scholarly Activities

“Building a Dwelling Place for Justice”: Ethos Reinvention in Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Where Do We Go from Here?,’” Rhetoric & Public Affairs, forthcoming.

“Black America’s Double War: Ralph Ellison and ‘Critical Participation’ during World War II,” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 18, no. 3 (2015): 441-470.

“Rhetorical Theory,” in Understanding Communication Theory: A Beginner’s Guide, ed. Stephen M. Croucher (New York: Routledge, 2015), 262-87 [co-authored with Daniel Cronn-Mills].

  • Work
    • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Education
    • University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee