Patricia Dunmire | Kent State University

Patricia Dunmire

Patricia Dunmire

Professor Dunmire received her M. A. and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989 and 1996, respectively. Her graduate work was somewhat eclectic as her interests included metacognition and composing, classical Greek rhetoric, orality and literacy, the rise of professional journalism, and constructivist approaches to discourse analysis. Her dissertation represented a combination of several of these interests as she conducted a critical linguistic analysis of the 1990 Persian Gulf conflict between Iraq and Kuwait as represented in the New York Times and the Washington Post. 

Since she joined the faculty at Kent State University Professor Dunmire has continued to study the nature and function of language practices. As a researcher in the Center for Research in Workplace Literacy (CRWL), she studied the linguistic interactions between a nurse practitioner and her patients, with specific attention to how she discursively managed the temporal constraints of those interactions. More recently, she has turned her attention to the deliberative character of political discourse. Specifically, she is interested in the ways the future is represented in political discourse and the ideological and material implications of those representations. She is currently studying various Bush Administration documents (e.g., President Bush’s speeches and the National Security Strategy) produced during the months leading up to the current U.S. war against Iraq.

Professor Dunmire’s teaching at the undergraduate level includes Argumentative Prose, Rhetoric and Texts in Context, and various Senior Seminars and Special Topics courses that focus on the political dimensions of rhetoric and discourse (e.g., Rhetoric and Social Change, Propaganda). These courses have explored a range of issues concerning rhetoric, literacy, and society: literacy practices in workplace settings, the role of the media in society and culture, and the rhetorical nature of language practices in politics and the media. Her teaching in the Rhetoric and Composition graduate major (“LRSP”) includes Rhetoric in the Human Sciences, Discourse Analysis, Introduction to the Field, and The Rhetorical Nature and Function of Extended Discourse.

  • Projecting the Future through Political Discourse:  The Case of the Bush Doctrine.  Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing, May 2011 (R)
Articles & book chapters  
  • "Democratic Peace as Global Errand: American's post-Cold War Jeremiad." Journal of Language and Politics 16 (2): 176-194. (April 2017) (R)
  • "Privatized Propaganda and Broadcast News: Legitimizing the Presidential 'Call-to-Arms' Discourse" for M.J. Braun and G.L. Henderson's (eds.) Propaganda & Rhetoric in Democracy: History, Theory, Analysis (181-201). Southern Illinois Press (with J. Oddo; Fall 2016) (R)
  • "The Future is One of Rising Stakes': Representing Self and Other in Post-Cold War National Security Discourse." Ideological Battlegrounds - Constructions of Us and Them Before and After 9/11. Eds. A. Gonerko-Frej & M. Sokol. New Castle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (2016) (I, R)
  • "Beyond Space and Time: Temporal and Geographical Configurations in U.S. National Security Discourse." Invited for a special issue of Critical Discourse Studies on Time, Space and Evaluation in Ideological Discourse. Guest editors: L. Filardo-Llamas, B. Kaal, C. Hart, & M. Kopytowska (published on-line March 16, 2015) (I,R):
  • "American Ways of Organizing the World': Designing the Global Future through U.S. National Security Strategy." Contemporary Critical Discourse Studies. Eds. Christopher Hart and Piotr Cap's Continuum Publishing (November 2014): 321-347. (I,R)
  • “Political Discourse Analysis: Exploring the Language of Politics and the Politics of Language” Review article of Political Discourse Analysis for the Sociolinguistics section of the Language and Linguistics Compass (Wiley Blackwell Publishing). December 2012 (I, R)
  • “‘New World Coming’: Narratives of the Future in Post-Cold War National Security Discourse” in Adam Hodge’s (ed.) The Discourse of War and Peace. Oxford University Press. June 2013 (I, R)
  • “Knowing and Controlling the Future: A Review of Futurology.”Prose Studies (3): 240-263.  December 2010 (R)
  • “‘9/11 Changed Everything’:  An Intertextual Analysis of the Bush Doctrine”.  Discourse & Society 20(2). Spring 2009 (R)
  • “The Rhetoric of Temporality: The Future as Linguistic Construct and Rhetorical Resource” In B. Johnstone and C. Eisenhart (eds.)  Rhetoric in Detail. John Benjamins. 2008 (R)
  • “‘Emerging Threats’ and ‘Coming Dangers’:  Claiming the Future for Preemptive War”.  In A. Hodges and C. Nilep (eds.) Discourse, War, and Terrorism (p. 19-44).  John Benjamins Press. 2007 (I, R)
  • “Preempting the Future: Rhetoric and Ideology of the Future in Political Discourse.” Discourse and Society, 16 (4), Summer 2005; p. 481-513 (R)
Book reviews  
  • Piotr Cap (2008).Legimisation in Political Discourse: A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective on Modern US War Rhetoric.  Review published inThe Journal of Language and Politics 11 (1), 163-167. (in press)
  • Adam Hodges (2011).The ‘War on Terror’ Narrative: Discourse and Intertextuality in the Construction and Contestation of Sociopolitical Reality (to appear in The Journal of Language and Politics 12.1).
  • Achugar, M. (2008).What We Remember: The Construction of Memory in Military Discourse Amsterdam: John Benjamins.  Language in Society, 38 (5) 2009 (I, R).
Work in Progress
  • Book chapter “Privatized Propaganda and Broadcast News:  Legitimizing the Presidential ‘Call-to-Arms’ Discourse” for M.J. Braun and Gae Lyn Henderson’s (eds.) Managing Democracy: Propaganda and the Rhetorical Production of Economic and Political Realities (with J. Oddo; under review)
Selected Conferences
  • 2014    "Time, Space, and Ideology: The Temporal and Spatial Configuration of National Security Threats." The American Association of Applied Linguistics, Portland, OR March 22-25, 2014.
  • 2012    Zones of peace, Zones of Turmoil: Narratives of Legitimation in post-Cold War U.S. National Security Policy.  Paper presented at the Fourth International Conference on Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, July 4-6, 2012. (R)
  • 2011    ‘Democratic Peace’ as ‘Semiwar’: The Narrative Construction of Post-Cold War Global Security. Keynote address invited for the conference on Who is ‘us’ and who is ‘them’ after 9/11—reflections on Language, Culture, and Literature in Times of Ideological Clashes,Szczecin, Poland, September 21-23, 2011. (I)
  • 2011     Discursive Anticipations: The Rhetoric and Practice of Futurology.  Invited paper presented at The Conference on North American Critical Discourse Analysis, University of Utah, May 20-22, 2011. (I) 2010    Suppressing Dialogicity, Exercising Power: The Case of the Bush Doctrine.  Paper  presented at The 14th Biennial Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America, Minneapolis, MN, May 2010. (R)
  • 2010    "Suppressing Dialogicity, Exercising Power: The Case of the Bush Doctrine." The 14th Biennial Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America, Minneapolis, MN, May 2010.
Research Areas
  • Rhetorical Studies
  • Political Discourse
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Systemic Functional Linguistics


Job Title

Assistant to the Chair

Job Department

Department of English