Dr Kirt H Wilson
Dr. Wilson's research moves from African American to presidential rhetoric and from the history of rhetoric to the rhetoric of history. At present, he is working on projects that investigate theories and practices of imitation in the nineteenth century and the symbolic reception of emancipation during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
His book The Reconstruction Desegregation Debate won NCA's Winans-Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship and the Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award for Outstanding Scholars in Public Address. His research has appeared in Rhetoric & Public Affairs and the Quarterly Journal of Speech.
In 2004, the University of Minnesota awarded Dr. Wilson with the prestigious McKnight Presidential Fellowship, an honor extended to only three or four tenured associate faculty each year. The University's College of Liberal Arts also awarded Dr. Wilson with the Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award in 2002.
Dr. Wilson teaches graduate courses on U.S. public discourse, textual criticism and methods, African American civil rights rhetoric, and theories of race and culture.