Associate Professor

Expertise: Rhetoric, media studies, research methods

Dr. Douglas R. Bruce has taught at John Carroll University for the last 30 years. He teaches in the areas of rhetoric & public address, argumentation, persuasion, media theory and research methods. His current research follows two paths: the application of contemporary psychoanalytical techniques to rhetorical criticism; and the analysis of how our mindless acceptance of terms–from Aristotle’s ethos to McLuhan’s global village to the concept of ride sharing–can place conceptual blinders on our understanding of the phenomena we label with those terms. He received a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at San Antonio, an M.A. in Speech Communication from Texas State University at San Marcos (formerly Southwest Texas State University), and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa.