My pedagogy and research stem from the rhetorical tradition. I believe that training in citizenship is crucial to any grounded education. To this end, I hope to engage students in exploring the relationality between communication and culture.

My own research explores residual and emergent communicative practices that can help us better connect with the water cycle. I believe that when water is considered beyond its instrumentality, we as a society may become better equipped for environmental sustainability.

James McGuffey

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

public communication, environmental rhetoric, water culture, epideictic


  • BA 2007 Wabash College
  • MA 2010 Ball State University
  • PhD 2017 Indiana University


Office Location:

208 H Morrill hall

Courses Taught

CALS 001/183