Thomas R. Dunn

Associate Professor, Director of Basic Course (Public Speaking)


  • Office Hours:

    Fall 2018: On Sabbatical
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Associate Professor, Director of Basic Course (Public Speaking)
  • Concentration:

    • Rhetorical Studies, LGBT Studies, Queer Theory, Memory and Monumentality
  • Department:

    • Communication Studies
  • Education:

    • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • Curriculum Vitae:


DR. THOMAS R. DUNN is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and the Director of the Basic Course at Colorado State University. He teaches a variety of classes in rhetorical studies, including Rhetoric & Western Thought, Visual Communication, Rhetoric in Social Movements, Evaluating Contemporary Rhetoric, the History of Rhetorical Theory, Rhetorical Criticism, and Speech Communication Pedagogy. He earned both his Doctorate in Communication and a Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at the University of Pittsburgh ('11). Dr. Dunn's research investigates the intersection of GLBT/queer culture, politics, and rhetoric with a focus on public memory and visual rhetoric. Recent projects include the publication of his first book, Queerly Remembered: Rhetorics for the Representing the GLBTQ Past, which develops the framework of "queer monumentality" for investigating how LGBT people have used public tellings of their shared pasts to effect political, social, and cultural change. His writing appears in venues like the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication & Critical/Cultural StudiesRhetoric & Public Affairs, the Western Journal of Communication, and the Southern Communication Journal, as well as the Denver Post. Dr. Dunn is also the winner of several awards, including the 2011 National Communication Association's Stephen E. Lucas Debut Publication Award, the 2012 Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, the 2014-2015 Excellence in Teaching Award from CSU's College of Liberal Arts, and the 2017 New Investigator Award from the Critical/Cultural Studies Division of NCA.


Queerly Remembered: Rhetorics for Representing the GLBTQ Past (University of South Carolina Press, September 2016).

“Whence the Lesbian in Queer Monumentality? Intersections of Gender and Sexuality in Public Memory.” Southern Communication Journal, special issue on Gender and Public Memory 82, no. 4 (2017): 203-215, doi: 10.1080/1041794X.2017.1332090.

“Playing Neoliberal Politics: Post-Racial and Post-Racist Strategies in ‘Same Love.’” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (2016), doi:10.1080/14791420.2016.1149201.

“(Queer) Family Time: Brothers & Sisters and Managing Temporal Anxieties.” Western Journal of Communication 79, no. 2 (2015): 133-150, doi: 10.1080/10570314.2014.943420. *Winner of 2016 B. Aubrey Fisher Outstanding Journal Article Award

“The Quare in the Square: Memories, Queer Sensibilities, and Oscar Wilde.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 100, no. 2 (2014): 213-240, doi: 10.1080/00335630.2014.959987.

“The Tale of Two Oaths: Inaugural Oaths, Technical Memories, and Presidential Investiture.” South Communication Journal 79, no. 5 (2014): 427-447, doi: 10.1080/1041794X.2014.933869.

“Remembering ‘A Great Fag’: Visualizing Public Memory and the Construction of Queer Space.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 97, no. 4 (2011): 435-60, 10.1080/00335630.2011.585168.

“Remembering Matthew Shepard: Violence, Identity, and Queer Counterpublic Memories.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 13, no. 4 (2010): 611-52, 10.1353/rap.2010.0212. *Winner of the 2011 Stephen E. Lucas Debut Publication Award


  • SPCM 201: Rhetoric & Western Thought

  • SPCM 675: Speech Communication Pedagogy

  • SPCM 479: Capstone

  • SPCM 612: Rhetorical Criticism

  • SPCM 792A: Queer Theory and Criticism in Rhetoric (Spring 2019)