Christopher House, University of Pittsburgh, to Join Department in the Fall

We are delighted to welcome Christopher House (Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pittsburgh) to the Department of Communication Studies. As one of three predoctoral diversity fellows in H&S, Mr. House will teach two exciting courses related to his dissertation research. The fall course is entitled "African American Rhetoric" and examines the rhetorical styles and contributions of a wide range of African American speakers, including women such as Maria Stewart and Angela Davis, and men such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Tupac Shakur, and Barack Obama. The spring course will likely focus on health communication as it relates to messages from African American religious leaders.

Mr. House hails from Rochester, New York, where his family still resides. He studied at both Syracuse University (M.A. 2007) and the State University of New York in Brockport (B.S., summa cum laude, 2005).

Chris has recently been a teaching fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. Last summer, he was awarded a Summer Diversity Enhancement Fellowship from the University's College of Arts and Sciences. His project was a series of oral histories he conducted in Jamaica, the Bahamas, and Washington, D.C., in preparation for his dissertation, tentatively titled, "Tongues of Fire: African Diasporic Pulpit Oratory on HIV/AIDS."

We know Christopher will add a great deal to the department, the school, and the College. Warmest welcome!