Robert Danisch has a PhD in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh (2004) and a BA from the University of Virginia in History and Philosophy. His research interests concern rhetorical theory and public communication within democratic societies. He has written extensively about the relationship between American Pragmatism and rhetoric. He is currently finishing a SSHRC-funded project titled Completing the Linguistic Turn which tells the history of pragmatism through its commitment to specific communication practices within large-scale democratic societies. He recently published Pragmatism, Democracy, and the Necessity of Rhetoric (University of South Carolina Press, 2007), and his work has appeared in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Rhetoric Review, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Social Epistemology, Public Understanding of Science, and Southern Communication Journal. His research also concerns the relationship between citizenship and communication practices. He served as editor of Citizens of the World: Pluralism, Migration, and Practices of Citizenship (Rodopi Press, 2011) and as a member of the steering group for the Pluralism, Inclusion, and Citizenship project. In addition, Robert’s research also concerns risk communication and the role of science in democratic deliberation. In general, he is interested in understanding the role of communication practices in forming ethical citizens for contemporary democracies. Rob teaches courses in Communication Ethics, Speech Writing, Persuasion, Small Group Communication, and Public Communication. He joined the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo in 2011.
University of Waterloo