James F. Klumpp

Professor Emeritus
Emeritus Faculty

Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Phone: 828-689-4456
2122 Skinner Building
Professional Interests: 

Dr. Klumpp is a rhetorical critic interested in the use of discourse to effect social change. His work in contemporary rhetorical theory concentrates on Kenneth Burke and the European continental critics. Argumentation is another interest, particularly social argumentation processes.  His work in American public address includes studies of Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and numerous social movements.  Dr. Klumpp's research has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Argumentation, Argumentation & Advocacy, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, and elsewhere.  He is former president of the American Forensic Association, and the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Research Award of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation, the 2013 Senior Scholar Award for Lifetime Achievement in Argumentation Research presented by the NCA/AFA Summer Conference in Argumentation, and the 2013 Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award presented by the National Communication Association.

Curriculum Vitae

Website: http://terpconnect.umd.edu/~jklumpp/home.htm

Representative Publications:

Ronald F. Reid and James F. Klumpp.  American Rhetorical Discourse. 3rd ed.  Long Grove IL: Waveland Press, 2005.

James F. Klumpp.  “Burkean Social Hierarchy and the Ironic Investment of Martin Luther King.”  Kenneth Burke and the Twenty-first Century.  Ed. Bernard L. Brock.   Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999. 207-41.

James F. Klumpp.  “Facts, Truth, and Iraq:  A Call for Stewardship of Democratic Argument.”  Engaging Argument.  Ed.  Patricia Riley. Washington: NCA, 2006.