Lisa Ellen Silvestri, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Dr. Lisa Silvestri studies the ethical and moral dimensions of digital culture and the problem of war. In 2017 she received a $100,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for her community-based initiative, Telling War, with the goal of exposing,...

Dr. Lisa Silvestri, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Contact Information

  • Spring 2018
    Tuesday: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Wednesday: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Thursday: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • 509-313-6551

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Rhetoric and Public Advocacy, University of Iowa

M.A., Communication and Culture, Indiana University

B.A., Indiana University School of Journalism 

Courses Taught

COMM 100: Communication and Speech

COMM 193 FYS: Telling War

COMM 244: Interpersonal & Small Group

COMM 270H: Honors Rhetoric

COMM 280: Communication Theory

COMM 362: Persuasion

COMM 464: Rhetorical Criticism

Comm 484: Senior Seminar


Dr. Lisa Silvestri studies the ethical and moral dimensions of digital culture and the problem of war. In 2017 she received a $100,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for her community-based initiative, Telling War, with the goal of exposing, inspiring, and engaging the Veteran voice through a variety of story forms. As a scholar, Silvestri uses rhetorical criticism as a mode of cultural production and likes to teach her students that in order to transform the world, they must first make it visible.

Friended at the Front: Social Media in The American Warzone. The University Press of Kansas, 2015. [*Winner 2016 James W. Carey Media Research Award]

“Memeingful Memories and the Art of Resistance.” New Media and Society, forthcoming. 

“Mortars and Memes: Participating in Pop Culture from a War Zone.” Meda, War, & Conflict, 9.1 (2016): 27-42.

“Shiny Happy People Holding Guns: 21st Century Images of War.” Visual Communication Quarterly, 20.2 (2014): 106-118.

“Surprise Homecomings and Vicarious Sacrifices.” Media, War & Conflict, 6.2 (2013): 101-115.

“A Rhetorical Forecast.” The Review of Communication, 13.2 (2013): 127-142. [*Highlighted by Spectra in September 2013]

 “Together We Stand, Divided We Fall: Building Alliances With Combat Veterans.” Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 95.3 (2012): 284-308.

“Interplay of Mythic Conceptions of Democracy in Congressional Deliberations over the USA PATRIOT Act.” Journal of Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines, 5.1 (2011): 62-72.  [*Highlighted by The Atlantic's Omnivore on May 29, 2012]

Rhetoric and Social Justice

Social Media and Digital Culture

War and Conflict

Memory and Remembrance