Dr. Greene is currently (2023-2024) the Chair of the CLA Assembly and serves on the Dean's executive committee for the college. From 2012- 2021 he was the Chair of the Department of Communication Studies. While Chair, he also served on CLA's Council of Chairs as Vice Chair and Chair. In 2023-2024 he will continue to serve the College on the Tenure and Promotion Committee and serve the University as a member of the Provost's Liberal Education Review Committee.

His research and teaching explores the ways institutions regulate and advocate different forms of communication to improve democratic decision making.  He is particularly concerned with the material modalities of rhetorical practice (debate, discussion, and persuasion) guiding institutional judgments in political, educational, and economic contexts. He has been awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award from the The Critical and Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association (NCA) and the Charles Woolbert Research Award from the National Communication Association. The Critical Cultural Studies Division of NCA and the American Forensic Association have also recognized his research to rhetorical and argumentation theory with article of the year awards.

He is the author of Malthusian Worlds: US Leadership and the Governing of the Population Crisis and has published articles in such journals as: Cultural Studies, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Argumentation and Advocacy, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Journal of Multicultural Discourses, The Proceedings of the AFA/NCA Conference on Argumentation, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Cultural Critique.

Dr. Greene is one of the founding organizers and former Chair of the Critical and Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association and has served in all the leadership roles of the Critical and Cultural Studies Division and the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division of NCA. He also served on Executive Board of the Rhetorical Society of America. He actively reviews work for disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals in rhetorical studies, cultural studies, and the critical humanities. 

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • BA: Philosophy, University of South Carolina, 1986
  • MA: Speech Communication: Rhetoric and Political Communication, Louisiana State University, 1988
  • Ph.D.: Speech Communication: Rhetoric and Cultural Studies, University of Illinois, 1995


  • Political Communication; Debates; Civic Education
  • Philosophy of Communication
  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Argumentation Studies
  • Cultural Studies