Jason Del Gandio
Jason Del Gandio
Associate Professor of Instruction
Department: Communication and Social Influence
Weiss Hall, Room 225

Biography

Jason Del Gandio’s scholarship focuses on the performance, philosophy and rhetoric of social justice. “Performance” addresses issues of embodiment, habit and style; “philosophy” addresses cognition, reason and systems of thought; and “rhetoric” addresses audience, language and persuasion. His topics of interest also include activism, community organizing, enactments of resistance and liberation, and social movements. Theoretically, Del Gandio’s work is most directly informed by Italian Autonomism, phenomenology and poststructuralism.

His earlier work has focused on helping activists improve their communication skills and rhetorical strategies, the topic of his first book, Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for 21st Century Activists (2008). It’s also related to a more recent, co-edited book titled Educating for Action: Strategies to Ignite Social Justice (2014).  Much of his work is influenced by his own experiences with activism and social movements. Over the past fifteen years, Del Gandio has participated in the antiwar movement, fair trade campaigns, the global justice movement, Latin American solidarity work and more recently, the Occupy movement.

He is also beginning to explore social movement literacy: How do we help educate the general public on how to properly read and understand the nature and function of social movements? Del Gandio envisions that as a public pedagogy projectit exceeds the institutional boundaries of the academy and seeks to have wider social influence.

Degree

Field

School

PhD

Philosophy of Communication

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

MS

Philosophy of Communication

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

BS

Philosophy/Speech Communication

Kean University of New Jersey

Number

Name

Level

STRC 2221

Public Advocacy

Undergraduate

STRC 2296

Rhetoric of Social Movements

Undergraduate

STRC 3396

Rhetorical Criticism

Undergraduate

STRC 4839

Senior Seminar in RPA

Undergraduate

Type

Publication Title

Co-Authors

Publisher

Location

Year

Misc.

Coedited Book

Educating for Action: Strategies to Ignite Social Justice

Anthony Nocella

New Society Press

Gabriola Island, B.C.

2014

Coedited Book

The Terrorization of Dissent: Corporate Repression, Legal Corruption, and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

Anthony Nocella

Lantern Books

Brooklyn, NY

2014

Book

Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for Twenty-First Century Activists

New Society Press

Gabriola Island, B.C.

2008

Journal Article

Extending the Eros Effect: Sentience, Reality, and Emanation

New Political Science

2014

36.2: 129-148

Journal Article

From Affectivity to Emanation: An Introduction to the Human Vibe

PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture

2012

7.2: 28-58

Journal Article

Rethinking Immaterial Labor: Communication, Reality, and Neo-Radicalism

Radical Philosophy Review

2011

14.2: 121-138

Journal Article

You Can Do It: A Conversation with Theatrical Artist Cynthia Hopkins

Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies

2009

5.4: 1-20

Journal Article

Global Justice Rhetoric: Observations and Suggestions

Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization

2008

8.2: 182-203

Title

Date

Rhetoric and Activism (Skype Talk, Oklahoma State University)

2015

The AETA and the Terrorization of Dissent (Public Talk, Vassar College)

2014

The AETA and the Terrorization of Dissent (Public Talk, Wooden Shoe Bookstore)

2014

Activists, Bodies, and Political Arguments (Keynote Address, Patti Pace Festival, George Regents University)

2014

Becoming an Effective Activist (Public Talk, Temple University)

2013

Social Justice Education in the Occupy Movement (Skype Talk, Hamline University)

2012

What is Occupy? (Panel Participant, Temple University Law School)

2011

Name

Type of Service

Position

Dates Active

Rhetoric and Public Advocacy

Department

Sequence Head

2010–Present

RPA Student Club

Department

Faculty Advisor

2013–2015

Writing-Intensive Curriculum Committee

University

Committee Member

2014–Present