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Erik Garrett

Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Communication & Rhetorical Studies

College Hall 305
Phone: 412.396.1428


Ph.D., Philosophy and Communication, Purdue University, 2007
M.A., Philosophy, Lewis University, 2000
B.A., Philosophy, History, and Political Science, Lewis University, 1998

Erik Garrett is an associate professor in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University. His doctorate is from Purdue University where he earned a joint degree in both the philosophy and communication departments. Dr. Garrett is author of Why Do We Go to the Zoo?: Communication, Animals, and the Cultural-Historical Experience of Zoos (The Fairleigh Dickinson University Press). He is the winner of a Duquesne University 2010 Teaching Award. He has published articles in the Review of Communication and the Atlantic Journal of Communication. His research interests are phenomenology, philosophy of communication, urban communication, rhetoric, Kenneth Burke, media ecology, social political philosophy, environmental justice, and globalization.


Recent Scholarship


Garrett, E. (2013). Why do we go to the zoo? Communication, animals, and the cultural-historical experience of zoos. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

Journal Articles (2011 - Present)

Garrett, E. (2012). The essential secret of indirect communication. Review of Communication. 12(4).

Garrett, E. (2011) The rhetoric of antiblack racism: Lewis R. Gordon's radical phenomenology of embodiment. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 19(1), 6-16.

Book Chapters (2011 - Present)

Garrett, E. (September, 2015). Childhood homelessness: A Phenomenological reflection. In D. Chawla & S. H. Jones (Eds). Storying home: Place, identity, and exile. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, pp 49-68.

Ucok-Sayrak, O. & Garrett, E. (2013). Grounding globalization: Theory, communication, and service-learning. In L. Nganga, J. Kambutu & W. Russell III (Eds.), Exploring Globalization Opportunities and Challenges in Social Studies: Effective Instructional Approaches. New York: Peter Lang Publishers.


Recent Honors and Awards


Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Scholarship Recognition.
Duquesne Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Pittsburgh, PA, November, 2014.



Offices Held

Board Member, Urban Communication Foundation, Dec 2014 - present

Chair, Society of Phenomenology and the Human Sciences 2010-2011, 2012-present

Board Member North American Levinas Society, 2015 - present

Executive Member at Large, Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists 2009-2012