Alum Receives National Recognition for Dissertation

Nick Sciullo, a Department of Communication alumnus, was recently awarded the Most Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Critical/Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association for his dissertation, “A Rhetorical Analysis of George Jackson’s Soledad Brother: A Class Critical and Critical Race Theory Investigation of Prison Resistance.” This honor makes Sciullo the first Department of Communication alumnus to receive a national dissertation award. sciullo-nick

Sciullo’s dissertation explores the critical race and class critical analysis represented in Soledad Brother, a collection of prison letters written by George Jackson.

In his presentation of Jackson as a rhetorician, Sciullo presents new ways of thinking about prison resistance and black radicalism.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by the National Communication Association’s largest division, the Critical and Cultural Studies Division,” said Sciullo. “This award is a testament to the hard work I put into this project, the excellent instruction I received at Georgia State, and the salience of and need for critical engagement with race and class issues, not only 50 years ago when Jackson was writing, but also today. I’m glad I can contribute to the discipline and I hope that my work might inspire others to take up similar projects.”

Sciullo is currently an assistant professor of communication and rhetorical studies, director of debate and forensics and affiliate faculty to the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL.

His work is forthcoming in in Argumentation and Advocacy and Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and has been featured in Communications Education, Review of Communication, the Forensic of Pi Kappa Delta, West Virginia Law Review and the Kentucky Journal of Communication.

He plans to release a book on hip-hop and popular culture in 2017.

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