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George (Guy) F . McHendry, PhD

Director, Magis Core Curriculum

Associate Professor


College of Arts and Sciences
Communication Studies
HCCA - Hitchcock Center for Communication Art - 306F

George (Guy) F . McHendry, PhD

Director, Magis Core Curriculum

Associate Professor

George F. McHendry, Jr., Ph.D. received a B.A. in Communication from Ripon College in 2006, a M.A. in Speech Communication from Colorado State University in 2008, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Communication at the University of Utah in 2013. His research examines the intersections of the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, contemporary rhetorical theory, critical/cultural studies, and performance studies. He studies the complex array of discourses and performances that make up the public controversy over the airport security techniques adopted by the Transportation Security Administration. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Creighton University. 

Research Focus

Theoretical/Methodological Areas: Rhetoric, Critical/Cultural Studies, Performance Studies, Argumentation
Topical Areas: Surveillance and Security, Political Rhetoric, Social Media, Climate Change


Communication Studies


Associate Professor


  • The Rhetoric of Western Thought
    McHendry, George F., Jr., M. Elizabeth Thorpe, Jessica Kurr, James L. Golden, Goodwin E. Bequest, William Coleman, and J. Michael Sproule Building upon a rich legacy, the new edition of The Rhetoric of Western Thought provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of rhetoric from its inception in the ancient world, to its present day expression in contemporary practice and scholarship.
    11 2020


  • Through the Black Mirror: Deconstructing the Side Effects of the Digital Age
    McHendry, George F., Jr. , 'Arkangel: Postscript on Families of Control' In T. Sweeney and S. Joy, Though the Black Mirror. 2019
  • Affect, Emotion, and Rhetorical Persuasion in Mass Communication
    Bodtkee, Jaimee, George F. McHendry, Jr. Chapter in L. Zhang and C. Carlton 2019
  • Argumentation and Advocacy
    McHendry, George F. Jr., “Instagrams that Wound: Punctum, Visual Enthymemes, and the Visual Argumentation of the Transportation Security Administration.” Argumentation and Advocacy 53(4) 2017.
    53(4), p. 310-326 2017
  • Argumentation and Advocacy
    Paliewicz, Nicholas and George F. McHendry, Jr., “When Good Arguments Do Not Work: Post-Dialectics, Argument Assemblages, and the Networks of Climate Skepticism.” Argumentation and Advocacy 53(4) 2017.
    53(4), p. 287-309 2017
  • Macmillian Learning
    McHendry, Jr., George F., Kirby, Erika, & Leighter, Jay. “John Oliver’s Long Rants: Teaching the Modes of Persuasion in an Online Public Speaking Class.” In J. Seiter, J. Peeples, and M. Sanders (Eds), Communication in the Classroom: A Collection of GIFTS. 2017, Macmillan Learning., p. 65-69 2017
  • Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies
    McHendry, George F. Jr., “Thank You for Participating in Security: Engaging Airport Security Checkpoints via Participatory Critical Rhetoric.” Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies 16(6) 2016. 
    16 (6) 2016
  • Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric
    Martin, Steve and George F. McHendry, Jr., “Kaepernick’s Stand: Patriotism, Protest, and Professional Sports.” Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric 6(3/4) 2016.
    6 (3/4) 2016
  • Debates for the Digital Age by Danielle Sarver Coombs and Simon Collister, Editors
    Finding Fascism in the Comments Section: Online Responses to Viral Videos of the Transportation Security Administration 2015
  • Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts
    McHendry, George F. Jr., “The Re(d)active Force of the Transportation Security Administration.” Criticism 57 (2) 2015.
    57 (2) , p. 211-233 2015
  • Southern Communication Journal
    McHendry, George F.; Middleton, Michael K.; Endres, Danielle; Senda-Cook, Samantha; O'Byrne, Megan. Rhetorical Critic(ism)'s Body: Affect and Fieldwork on a Plane of Immanence.
    79, p. 293-310 2014
  • Border Rhetorics Edited by D. Robert DeChaine
    Hasain, Jr., Marouf and George F. McHendry, Jr. “The Attempted Legitimation of the Vigilante Civil Border Patrols, the Militarization of the Mexican-U.S. Border, and the Law of Unintended Consequences” In Daniel Robert Dechaine, Border Rhetorics: Charting Enactments of Citizenship and Identity on the U.S.-Mexico Frontier (August 30, 2012, University of Alabama Press). 2012
  • Liminalities
    McHendry, George F. Jr., “Fascism & The Classroom.”
    8(2) 2012
  • Environmental Communication-a Journal of Nature and Culture
    McHendry, George F. Jr., “Whale Wars and the Axiomatization of Image Events on the Public Screen.” Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture 6(2) 2012. Lead Article.
    6 (2) 2012
  • White House Studies
    McHendry, George F. Jr. and Karrin Vasby Anderson, “Commemorating Freedom’s Flight: The Space Shuttle as Partisan Vehicle in Presidential Eulogies.”
    11(2) 2011


  • Argumentation and Advocacy
    Paliewicz, Nicholas, George F. McHendry, Jr. Argumentation is in the midst of a crisis that imperils deliberative rhetoric from working how it should when good arguments matter most. Rising trends of verbal aggression, hostility, and control in political contexts, which violate most argumentative norms but garner populistic adherence, are not only troubling for argumentation but also for the sustainability of life itself when it comes to the issue of global climate change. We argue that desires to control ideas and attitudes toward the environment demonstrate what we call fascistic argument—a form of argumentation that regales the domination of materialities, discourses, and bodies through nationalistic structures of feeling. Fascistic argument is one of many possible implications of a post-dialectical turn in argumentation, a perspective which understands argument as a constellation of assemblages, affects, and forces rather than a process of testing and contesting good reasons. We explore the rise of fascistic argument as an effect of the failure of reason to compel policy. This failure generates a contagion of affects and desires that control the argumentative process and infect dialectic debates aimed at achieving consensus.
    56(3) 2020
  • Rhetoric and Society Quarterly
    Larson, Kyle, George F. McHendry, Jr. We introduce parasitic publics as a necessary, generative addition to scholarship on publics and counterpublics. Parasitic publics are reactionary discursive spaces formed residually and institutionalized affectively through the invention, circulation, and uptake of demagogic rhetorics. They feed off of oppressive conditions in the public sphere by (1) articulating with dominant discourses to exploit dominant publics centripetal force and (2) safeguarding the assemblage of dominant publics against counterdiscursive challenge. To illustrate and elaborate on this concept, we use articulation theory to analyze a highly organized white nationalist collective that swarms digital forums and comment sections. Founded by a former Republican congressional aid and Ronald Reagan appointee, this collective maintains training podcasts on their politics and debate strategies, two different databases of copy-and-paste rhetorics, two rhetorical style guides, and a subforum through which they direct each other to swarm digital spaces. We conclude with implications for future research on contemporary public spheres.
    49(5) 2019

Editing and Reviews

  • Palgrave Macmillan
    McGreavy, Bridie, Justine Wells, George F. McHendry, Jr., Samantha Senda-Cook. Tracing Rhetoric and Material Life: Ecological Approaches. 2018, Palgrave MacMillan.  2017


  • Kirby, Erika, Kuhn, Timothy, McBride, M. Chad, McHendry, Jr., George F., Meisenbach, Rebecca, Remke, Robin, and Wieland, Stacy. "Opting (Back) In to Paid Work: A Capitalist, Gendered, Classed, Careerist Analysis." National Communication Association, Organizational Communication Division. November 2016, Philadelphia, PA. 2016
  • Paliewicz, Nicholas and McHendry Jr., George F. "Manufacturing Dissent: The Forms and Functions of Corporate Arguments in the Global Climate Change Controversy and the Limits of the Idea of the Public Sphere." National Communication Association, Argumentation and Forensics Division. November 2016, Philadelphia, PA. Top Paper Panel. 2016
  • McHendry, George F. Jr., "Opting in from a Cultural Studies Lens." Panel Presentation, Multiple Perspectives on "Opting In": Scholars Respond to the Women of the "Opt-Out Revolution" Who (10 Years Later) "Want Back In, National Communication Association, Organizational Communication Division, November 2014. 2014
  • McHendry, George F. Jr., "Embodying Resistance: De Certeau and Bordieu Ground Rhetorics Materiality." Panel Presentation, (Re)Historicizing New Materialist Methodologies \National Communication Association, Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, November 2014. 2014
  • McHendry, George F. Jr., "Women and the Web." Lieben Center, Creighton University, February 12, 2014, Panelist, Omaha, NE. 2014
  • McHendry, George F. Jr., "Deleuze and Rhetoric." Ripon College Department of Communication, Communication 326, Historical Development of Rhetorical and Communication Theory, December 11, 2013, via WebEx. 2013
  • McHendry, George F. Jr., "Rape Culture, Rape Prevention, and Masculinity." Your Community Center, April 2012, Orem, UT. 2012
  • McHendry, George F. Jr. "Whale Wars and the Axiomatization of Image Events on the Public Screen." National Communication Association, Environmental Communication Division, November, 2010, San Francisco, CA. 2010
  • McHendry, George F. Jr. "Liminal Space and Social Movements: Strategies, Tactics, and the Religious Right." Western States Communication Association, Rhetoric and Public Address Interest Group, March, 2010, Anchorage, AK 2010


  • Top Paper
    Top Paper, Performance Studies Division, 2015 Western States Communication Association Conference, Spokane, WA, February, 2015. "Problematizing the Reliance on Sex as a Biological Binary: Gender as Communication and Performance in TSA's Advanced Imaging Technology."
    2015 Western States Communication Association Conference
  • Top Paper
    Top Paper, Performance Studies Division, 2014 Western States Communication Association Conference, Anaheim, CA, February, 2014. "The Airport as Repertoire and my Becoming-Rhetorician."
    2014 Western States Communication
  • Steffensen Cannon Graduate Scholarship
    2012/2013 Steffensen Cannon Graduate Scholarship for Graduate Study at the University of Utah Awarded for to facilitate the completion of my Dissertation Research.
    University of Utah
  • Campus Commitment Award
    Recipient, Campus Commitment Award, Colorado State University, Spring 2008.
    Colorado State University
  • College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award (Graduate Student Assistant)
    Recipient, College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award (Graduate Student Assistant), Colorado State University, Fall 2007.
    Colorado State University