- Professor, Communication, College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Crick's work explores the relationship between and power throughout different periods of political and social change, focusing specifically on those factors which are result of conscious strategies of persuasion by individuals or groups. This goal requires research into a variety of diverse topics, roughly including classical rhetorical theory, social media, the structure of news, religious rhetoric, modern propaganda, the rhetoric of science and technology, the power of aesthetics, the dynamics of social movements, and the history of philosophy. His first book, Democracy and Rhetoric: John Dewey on the Arts of Becoming, uses Dewey's philosophy to construct a view of rhetoric, logic, and aesthetics that is consistent with an ethics of democracy that promotes creative individuality. His second book, Rhetoric and Power: The Drama of Classical Greece, explores through the texts of canonical authors like Aeschylus, Gorgias, Thucydides, and Plato how rhetoric was conceptualized as a means of constituting and transforming power in Greek political culture. His third book, The Keys of Power: The Rhetoric and Politics of Transcendentalism, interprets the writing and thought of figures like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller as active rhetorical engagements with the political controversies of their time. His fourth book, Dewey for a New Age of Fascism: Teaching Democratic Habits, I use Dewey's late writing to offer a critique of fascist anti-humanism and to contrast it with his ideal of democratic humanism and the arts of rhetoric, logic, and aesthetics that provide their foundation.
- Ph.D. in Communication, University of Pittsburgh - (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States) 2005
- M.A. in Communication, University of Pittsburgh - (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States) 2001
- B.S. in Environmental Science and Journalism, University of Massachusetts Amherst - (Amherst Center, Massachusetts, United States) 1995
- Crick, N. (2021). Review: A Liberal Education in Late Emerson: Readings in the Rhetoric of Mind , by Sean Ross Meehan. Rhetorica. 39(4), 468-470.
- Crick, N. (2019). The Art of Gratitude. QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF SPEECH. 105(1), 116-119.
- Crick, N. (2019). Invectives against ignoramuses: Petrarch and the defense of humanist eloquence. Review of Communication. 19(2), 178-193.
- Crick, N. (2019). Ryan Skinnell, ed. Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump. Exeter, UK: Imprint Academic, 2018. 193 pages. $29.90 paperback.. Rhetoric Review. 38(2), 232-234.
- Crick, N. (2019). The Rhetoric of Fascism: Or, This Is the Way the World Ends. RHETORIC SOCIETY QUARTERLY. 49(2), 193-201.
- Crick, N. (2022). The Rhetoric of Fascism: Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critique. University of Alabama Press.
- Crick, N. (2017). Rhetorical Public Speaking, Civic Engagement in the Digital Age. Taylor & Francis.
- Crick, N. (2017). The keys of power: The rhetoric and politics of transcendentalism.
- Crick, N. (2015). Rhetorical Public Speaking. Taylor & Francis.
- Crick, N. (2014). Rhetoric and Power The Drama of Classical Greece. Univ of South Carolina Press.
- Jones, A. C., & Crick, N. (2021). 5 The Ourang-Outang in the Rue Morgue: Charles Peirce, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Rhetoric of Diagrams in Detective Fiction. Arguing with Numbers. 122-148. DE GRUYTER.
- Crick, N. (2020). From Cosmopolis to Cosmopolitics. The Rhetoric of Social Movements. 3-29. Taylor & Francis.
- Crick, N. (2019). The Rhetoric of Violence in Xenophon's Anabasis. XENOPHON ON VIOLENCE. 125-141. DE GRUYTER.
- Crick, N. (2018). On fear and longing: Gorgias and the Phobos and Ers of visual rhetoric. Ancient Rhetorics and Digital Networks. 89-106.
- Crick, N. (2016). Aesthetics. The International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy. 1-8. Wiley.
- COMM203 Hnr-public Speaking Instructor
- COMM257 Communication Religion Ar: Irl Instructor
- COMM257 Communication Religion Arts Instructor
- COMM289 Sptp: How Irish Save Civ-ireld Instructor
- COMM301 Rhetoric West Thought Instructor
- Munson, David N (2018-08). Margaret Fuller and the Rhetoric of Transcendental Nationalism. (Doctoral Dissertation)
- Ehrl, Marco (2018-08). The Rhetorical Crisis of the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Forgotten Narratives and Political Directions. (Doctoral Dissertation)