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Michele Kennerly

Michele Kennerly

Assistant Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences

Office Phone: (814) 865-3826


Michele Kennerly (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2010) specializes in ancient rhetoric and its reception. She is the author of one book, Editorial Bodies: Perfection and Rejection in Ancient Rhetoric and Poetics (University of South Carolina P, 2018), and co-editor of two volumes, Ancient Rhetorics & Digital Networks (University of Alabama Press, 2018; with Damien Smith Pfister) and Information Keywords (Columbia UP, est. 2019; with Samuel Frederick and Jonathan Abel). She has published two pieces in the public journal Eidolon: a rhetorical history of being and seeming and a reading of Wonder Woman and her influence (co-authored with Carly S. Woods). She serves on the Council of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric and as Vice President of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric.

Student Testimonial

“The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is an incredibly helpful community of individuals who love to learn. The faculty members of this department are very thoughtful and provide invaluable assistance to otherwise confused undergraduates. (...)
The smaller department size allows students to establish relationships with faculty and to establish a community in a school that might otherwise seem dauntingly large. The Classics and the study of the ancient Mediterranean world are strong at Penn State. For a school that prides itself on cutting-edge research and applied sciences, Penn State is a superb promoter of the Humanities. This support allows the CAMS department to recruit world-class faculty, provide generous funding and aid to undergraduates, and establish resources for research. The structure of the department was a perfect fit for me and allowed me to explore a wide-range of subjects related to my interests. In my four years in the program, I strengthened my Latin and Greek and was also able to study Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Sumerian. I now look forward to continuing my training in philology as I pursue graduate study.”

Timothy W. Dooley
2011 CAMS graduate

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