Jordan LDr. Jordan Loveridge has been awarded the 2017 Research Fellowship from the International Society for the History of Rhetoric. This prestigious honor was awarded to four recipients, only two of whom were from the United States.
 
The International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR) was founded in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1970 to promote the study of both the theory and practice of rhetoric in all periods and languages and the relationship of rhetoric to poetics, literary theory and criticism, philosophy, politics, religion, law, and other aspects of the cultural context. The ISHR Research Fellowships support individuals engaged in advanced research related to the theory and practice of rhetoric.
 
ISHRDr. Loveridge's Fellowship will support research on a book project titled A Probable Logic: Emotion, Sensation, and Persuasion in Medieval Rhetoric and Poetic. His study describes a major shift in the rhetorical theory of the middle ages that occurred when authors began to move away from strict rules of logical argumentation in order to construct texts their audiences found more realistic and probable. To do so, they began to consider arguments based on less logical modes of thinking such as sensation, emotion and authority. Interestingly, this change also has a contemporary feel, as scholars today are focusing on the relationship between rhetoric, sensation, and the history of the emotions.
 
Dr. Loveridge joined the Mount in 2017. Prior to joining our English and Communication Departments, he taught classes in first-year writing, public argument, professional communications, and other courses at Arizona State University, where he had earned his Ph.D.
 
“Dr. Loveridge is elevating Mount St. Mary’s University banner of rhetoric on the global stage!” -Dr. Carl Glover, Department of Communication Professor and Chair