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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.


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

Recent Scholarship
  • Garrett, E. (2018). El barrio de la colina: Dos estudios de fenomenologia urbana. Fundacion Williams al Universidad de Buenos Aires.
  • 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 (2012 - Present)
  • Garrett, E. (2018). Heinrich Popitz and the power of violence and technical action in the revolutionary and information ages. Human Studies, 41(3), 493-502.
  • Garrett, E. (2012). The essential secret of indirect communication. Review of Communication. 12(4).

Book Chapters (2012 - Present)
  • Garrett, E. & Regina, A. (December, 2016). Phenomenology and the phantom stadia phenomenon: Forbes Field and Comiskey Park remembered. In Herbeck, D. & Drucker, S. (Eds). Communication and the baseball stadium: Community, commodification, fanship, and memory. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • 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

  • Winner of the 2016 Joseph Lagana Homeless Children's Education Fund Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Community Engagement Pathways Grant (2016-2018)
  • Williams Foundation Grant (2016)

  • Duquesne University Gaultier Fellowship (2015)

  • Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Scholarship Recognition.
  • Duquesne Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Pittsburgh, PA, November, 2014.
  • Duquesne University College of Liberal Arts NEH Grant (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
  • Co-Founder
  • The Phenomenology Roundtable 2001-present
  • Director of Departmental Community Engaged Teaching and Research (formerly Service-Learning) - Duquesne University Fall 2008-present
  • Exploring Intercultural Communication Course Director (COMM 114) Fall 2011-present