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Erik Garrett, Ph.D.

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 (2009 - Present)


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.

Published Refereed Articles & Book Chapters

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.

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.

Garrett, E. (2010) "Existential identity questions." Ronald Jackson (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Identity, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press, pp. 271-275.

Scigliano, D. & Garrett, E. (2010). Raising Your Voice - Joint Education and Public Relations E-Learning Advocacy Project. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2010 (pp. 1194-1198). Chesapeake, VA: AACE

Book Reviews

Garrett, E. (2013). "Review of The creolizing subject: Race, reason, and the politics of purity." Journal of Race and Policy.


Recent Honors and Awards (2009 - Present)

Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award. Spring 2010


Representative Departmental, State, Regional, and National Professional Service (2009 - Present)

External Program Reviewer

SUNY Oneonta, Department of Communication Studies, April 2013

Offices Held

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

Board Member at Large, Society of Phenomenology and the Human Sciences 2009-2010

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

Chair and Legislative Assembly Representative for the Semiotics Division, National Communication Association, Nov 2008-Nov 2010

The Phenomenology Roundtable 2001-present

Conference Organizer
North American Levinas Society, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, July 2013

Communication Ethics Conference, biannual conference of the Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2010

Society for Phenomenology and Human Sciences Annual Meeting, with Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct 2008, and Rochester, NY, Nov 2012

Phenomenology Roundtable annual meeting 2004 at Purdue University, and 2011 at Duquesne University

Conference Division Planner

Kenneth Burke Division, Eastern Communication Association, Providence, RI, April 2014

Kenneth Burke Division, Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2013

Preconference Organizer

Phenomenology, Cognitive Science, and Narrative, Philosophy of Communication Division, National Communication Association, November, 2012

Journal Peer Reviewer

Philosophy & Rhetoric

Oxford University Press

Journal of Human Studies

Review of Communication

Atlantic Journal of Communication

Conference Peer Reviewer

Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists

Society of Phenomenology and Human Sciences

Philosophy of Communication Division ECA

Philosophy of Communication Division NCA

Kenneth Burke Division ECA

Kenneth Burke Division NCA

University and College Service Activities

University Distinguished Dissertation Committee 2013/2014

College of Liberal Arts Diversity Committee Spring 2013-present

Founding Member of Duquesne - Hazelwood Community Partnership Advisory Committee 2009-present

College of Liberal Arts Representative to CTE Creative Teaching Award Committee 2011-2013

College of Liberal Arts Representative to Office of Service-Learning Course Designation Committee 2011-present

Office of Service-Learning Advisory Board Member 2011-present

Simon Silverman Board Member 2011-present

Prepared Duquesne University White House Interfaith and Service Campus Challenge Submission Summer 2011-Summer 2012

Departmental Service Activities

Director of Departmental Service-Learning - Duquesne University Fall 2008-present

Supervisor Community Engagement Scholar Program for Department of Communication - Duquesne University Summer 2009-present

Exploring Intercultural Communication Course Director (COMM 114) Fall 2011-present

Co-leader Phenomenology Reading Group that meets once a week - Duquesne University, Fall 2006-2013

Search Committee New Faculty Hire - Duquesne University Fall 2011-Spring 2012

Conference Planner - Eleventh Biannual Communication Ethics Conference at Duquesne University, Spring 2010

Other Professional Experience/Service

Nonprofit Board Membership

Center of Life- Hazelwood Fall 2013-present

Founding Member Advisory Board of Directors - Association for the Advancement of Science Communication - 2010 to present

Pittsburgh Passenger Pigeon Partnership 2013-present


Pittsburgh Montessori Public School 2012-present

Homeless Children's Education Fund 2011-present

Center of Life, Hazelwood 2009-present

Fishes and Loaves, Hazelwood 2012-present

NCA Day of Service - worked in the 9th Ward of New Orleans before convention Nov 2011

Professional Memberships

National Communication Association

Eastern Communication Association

International Communication Association

Pennsylvania Communication Association

Kenneth Burke Society

Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences

Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

Phenomenology Roundtable

Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists

North American Levinas Society

Caribbean Philosophical Association

Semiotics Society of America

Media Ecology Association