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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Communication Studies

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Faculty & Staff

Joshua Hanan

Joshua Hanan, Assistant Professor

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Sturm Hall, Room 297
[email protected]



  • BA, Humboldt State University
  • MA, San Diego State University
  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin


Professor Hanan's scholarship examines the biopolitical function of institutions, technologies, and economic rationalities in the governance of public communication. He is particularly interested in how, over the past 40 years, a market rationality known as neoliberalism has become the measuring stick for a wide range of communication practices. This neoliberal perspective, he contends, forestalls more ethically accountable forms of communication at different scales of society and culture, and precludes the possibility of viewing the ecology that humans are entangled with as intrinsically meaningful and valuable. By adopting this "materialist" lens, Dr. Hanan has expanded our understanding of a variety of communicative phenomena—from the role of temporality in limiting how citizens and policymakers communicate about financial crises and learning differences to the function of advanced computational technologies and the internet in transforming how multinational corporations and social movements communicate about sustainability and democracy. Dr. Hanan's work is published in a number of journals both inside and outside of the discipline of communication studies, including Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Cultural Economy, Environmental Communication, and Argumentation & Advocacy. He recently edited a book (with Mark Hayward) titled Communication and the Economy: History, Value, and Agency, a special issue of Cultural Economy (with Catherine Chaput) that examines the intersections between rhetoric, economic performativity, and neoliberalism, and a Review of Communication special issue (with Chris Gamble) that engages the burgeoning "new materialist" conversation in the discipline of rhetorical studies. Professor Hanan is also in the early stages of a book project called The Logic of Arbitrage: A Rhetorical Theory of Biopolitics, a manuscript that explores the relationship between rhetoric and power in terms of the material contradictions between politics and economics.