Eric King Watts
Area of Study: Rhetorical Studies
B.A. and M.A., University of Cincinnati
PhD., Northwestern University
Dr. Watts’ research explores the manner in which public voice is invented, performed, consumed, and suppressed. This fundamental question constituting his research program extends into literary studies, aesthetics, and critical media studies. In particular, Dr. Watts examines the diverse phenomena of African American public voice and its relation to the representation of the black body, the meanings of blackness, the shape of civic culture and community; voice and voicelessness are understood as being impacted by the rhetorical agency of the subject, the terms of one’s publicity, and the power relations that make up one’s various identities.