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Garnet C. Butchart, Ph.D.

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

331 College Hall
Phone: 412.396.2353


Ph.D., Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.A., Communication, University of Calgary
B.A., School of Communication, Simon Fraser University

Garnet C. Butchart (PhD, Massachusetts-Amherst) is Assistant Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University. He specializes in semiotics and philosophy of communication. His research has been published in leading communication journals including, Semiotica, Communication Theory, Social Semiotics, Communication Culture & Critique, The Review of Communication, and elsewhere. His research has been recognized nationally and internationally with awards from the Philosophy of Communication Division of the International Communication Association (ICA), the Semiotics and Communication Division of the National Communication Association (NCA), the Philosophy of Communication Division of NCA, and the Visual Communication Division of NCA. He received the Journal Article of the Year award from the NCA Philosophy of Communication Division in 2015 and 2013. Dr. Butchart has held teaching appointments at universities in the United States and Canada. He has lectured on ethics and visual semiotics by invitation of the Jerusalem Center for Ethics in Israel. He is a Scholar (elected) of the International Communicology Institute (ICI) and a member of the Executive Board (elected) of the Semiotic Society of America (SSA). Dr. Butchart's current research examines the ideas of community and communication in recent movements in contemporary continental philosophy. He is co-editor of Philosophy of Communication (MIT Press, 2012).


Recent Scholarship

Edited Book

Chang, B. G. & G. C. Butchart (Eds.). (2012). Philosophy of Communication. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Representative Journal Articles

Butchart, G. C. (forthcoming). "The Communicology of Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida: Reflections on the Sign-Body Experience of Communication." Visual Communication.

Butchart, G. C. (2015). Touch, Communication, Community: Jean-Luc Nancy's Semiotic Phenomenology. Metodo: International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy, 3:1, 221-244.

Butchart, G. C. (2014). Haunting Past Images: On the Documentary Film Description of a Memory in the Context of Communicology. The American Journal of Semiotics, 30: 1-2, 27-52.

Butchart, G. C. (2014). What Can a Philosophy and Ethics of Communication Look Like in the Context of Documentary Filmmaking? Semiotica, 199, 83-96

Butchart, G. C. (2013). The Uncertainty of Communication as Revealed by Psychoanalysis. Review of Communication, 13:1, 66-84.

Butchart, G. C. (2013). Camera as Sign: On the Ethics of Unconcealment in Documentary Film and Video. Social Semiotics, 23:1, 675-690. Top Journal Article in Philosophy of Communication, National Communication Association.


Butchart, G. C. (2014). Interview. Figure Ground Communication, Scholarly Series. Available at: http://figureground.org/interview-with-garnet-c-butchart/.


Recent Honors and Awards


2015 National Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Division Journal Article of the Year.

2014 National Communication Association Visual Communication Division Top Paper Award.

2013 National Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Division Journal Article of the Year.


Duquesne University Wimmer Family Foundation Research Grant, 2015.

Duquesne University Paluse Faculty Research Grant, 2014.


Representative Departmental, State, Regional, and National Professional Service (2013 - Present)

Professional Associations Board Membership

Executive Board Member, Semiotic Society of America

Department Service

Director of Grants Information, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Faculty Co-Advisor: Duquesne University Ad Club, PRSSA

Editorial Review Boards

Semiotics Society of America Yearbook

Qualitative Research Reports in Communication