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. (2019). Invectives against ignoramuses: Petrarch and the defense of humanist eloquence. Review of Communication. 19(2), 178-193.
- Crick, N. (2019). MORALITY THROUGH INQUIRY, MOTIVE THROUGH RHETORIC: THE POLITICS OF SCIENCE AND RELIGION IN THE EPOCH OF THE ANTHROPOCENE: with Mark Harris, â€œâ€˜The People of This Country Have Had Enough of Expertsâ€™: In Defense of the â€˜Elitesâ€™ of the Science-and-Religion Debateâ€; Fern Elsdon-Baker, â€œIn Defense of Publics: Projection, Bias, and Cultural Narratives in Science and Religion Debatesâ€; Elaine Howard Ecklund, Sharan Kaur Mehta, and Daniel Bolger, â€œA Way Forward for Sociological Research on Science and Religion: A Review and a Riffâ€; Nathan Crick, â€œMorality through Inquiry, Motive through Rhetoric: The Politics of Science and Religion in the Epoch of the Anthropoceneâ€; and John H. Evans, â€œThe Scope and Implications of Morals Not Knowledge.â€. Zygon. 54(3), 648-664.
- Crick, N. (2019). The Rhetoric of Fascism: Or, This Is the Way the World Ends. Rhetoric Society Quarterly. 49(2), 193-201.
- Crick, N. A. (2019). The Scientific Sublime: Popular Science Unravels the Mysteries of the Universe. Quarterly Journal of Speech. 105(3), 349-353.
- Crick, N. (2016). Composing the Will to Power: John Dewey on Democratic Rhetorical Education. Rhetoric Society Quarterly. 46(4), 287-307.
- Crick, N. (2017). Rhetorical Public Speaking Civic Engagement in the Digital Age. Routledge.
- Crick, N. (2017). The keys of power: The rhetoric and politics of transcendentalism.
- Crick, N. (2015). Rhetorical public speaking: Second edition. Routledge.
- Crick, N. (2014). Rhetoric and Power The Drama of Classical Greece. Univ of South Carolina Press.
- Crick, N. (2012). Democracy and Rhetoric John Dewey on the Arts of Becoming. Univ of South Carolina Press.
- Crick, N. (2018). On fear and longing: Gorgias and the Phobos and ErÅs of visual rhetoric. Ancient Rhetorics and Digital Networks. (pp. 89-106).
- Crick, N. (2014). Rhetoric and deweyâ€™s experimental pedagogy. Trained Capacities: John Dewey, Rhetoric, and Democratic Practice. (pp. 177-193).
- 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)