Dr. Innes Mitchell is Associate Professor of Communication, specializing in the areas of Rhetoric, Media Studies, and Secular Studies. He has taught at St. Edward's for 26 years

Professor Mitchell teaches courses in Media Communication, Gender Communication, Rhetorical Criticism, and Perspectives on Atheism. He has previously taught courses on Political Communication, Persuasion, and Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric. His research interests focus on new social movements and political movements, including Media Reform, New Atheism, the movement for Scottish Independence, and, most recently, movements for slavery reparations. He is currently examining the ways in which Scotland is recovering its public memory of slavery exploitation. Professor Mitchell’s special topics course, Perspectives on Atheism, is one of the only courses in the country on this subject taught from a Communication perspective. He has also led study abroad courses in his native country of Scotland, at Queen Margaret University and Edinburgh Napier University.

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Ph.D. in Communication Studies, The University of Kansas, 1997

M.A. in Rhetoric and Communication, The University of Pittsburgh, 1987

M.A. in Economic History, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1985

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School of Arts and Humanities