Beth Innocenti

Director of Undergraduate Studies
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Office: 116H Bailey Hall


Beth Innocenti's teaching and research interests are in the history of rhetoric and argumentation. She is particularly interested in eighteenth-century rhetoric, early American public address, and norms of argumentation. She regularly teaches the undergraduate course "The Rhetorical Tradition," bridge courses "American Rhetoric: Puritans to 1900," "Rhetoric of Woman's Rights," and "Argumentation," and the graduate courses "Neoclassical Rhetorical Theories" and "Research Methods: Historical and Descriptive." Her work has been published in journals such as Rhetorica, Quarterly Journal of Speech, and Argumentation. She has served on the Steering Committee of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric.

Curriculum Vitae
    •    Beth Innocenti's CV

Recent Publications
    •    Innocenti, B. (2011). “A Normative Pragmatic Model of Making Fear Appeals.” Philosophy and 
Rhetoric, 44, 273-90. Go to link
    •    Innocenti, B. (2011). "Countering Questionable Tactics by Crying Foul." Argumentation and 
Advocacy, 47, 178-88. Go to link
    •    Innocenti, B. (2011). “Argumentation.” Oxford Bibliographies Online: Communication. Ed. 
Patricia Moy. Oxford University Press. Go to link
    •    Innocenti, B. (2012). “Whately on Pragmatics of Arguing.” In Rhetoric: Concord and 
Controversy. Eds. Antonio de Velasco and Melody Lehn. Long Grove: Waveland Press. 287-94.

Ongoing Research
    •    Argumentation theory, particularly normative pragmatic theories.
    •    History of rhetorical theories, particularly 18th-century theories.
    •    American public address, particularly Abraham Lincoln's rhetoric.

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