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Randall E. Iden

Lecturer, Communication


Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
School of Communication, Department of Communication Studies, Program in Rhetoric and Public Culture
Dissertation: The Rise of Investor Publics
Advisor: Professor David Zarefsky. Committee: Professors Irving Rein and Robert Hariman
Awarded PhD 2012 

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Masters of Science in Communication
Awarded MSC 2002

University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Awarded JD 1986

Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania
Awarded BA 1982

Selected Publications

“Process Rationality: The Rhetorical Role of the Third Party Mediator” in Critical Problems in Argumentation. Willard, Charles Arthur, ed. Washington: National Communication Association 2005.

Conference Presentations

“The Resilience of the Mercantilist Response: Sovereign Wealth Funds as the Bête Noire  of Global Capital.” Accepted for Presentation, Rhetorical and Communication Studies Division, National Communication Association Convention, San Diego, CA, November 2008.

“Reflexive Modernization and the Role of the Investor in Public Deliberation,” Competitive Paper, Rhetorical Society of America Convention, Seattle, WA, May 2008.

“The Pilgrimage of Political Faith: Lincoln’s Speeches on the Road to Washington in February 1861,” Competitive Paper (Top Student Paper Panel), American Society for the History of Rhetoric, National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, IL, November 2007.

“The Citizen-Capitalist: Images of Republican Ethos in the Annual Messages of Warren Buffett,” Public Address Division, National Communication Association Convention, Boston, MA, November 2005.

“Virtutes and Villa: The Categorization of Barbarisms and Solecisms in Quintilian’s Instituzio Oratoria” Competitive Paper (Top Student Paper), American Society of the History of Rhetoric, National Communication Association Convention, Boston, MA, November 2005.

“The Laws of Technology and the Technology of Law: Rhetorical Awareness in Lawrence Lessig’s Code,” Competitive Paper, Alta Conference on Argumentation, Salt Lake City, UT, August 2005.

“Burke’s Menagerie: The Use of Animal Metaphors in Permanence and Change,” Panel Participant at the 19th Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition and Triennial Conference of the Kenneth Burke Society, State College, PA, July 2005.

“Jouissance as Praxis: The Possibility of Communicative Action in the Work of Slavojiek” Competitive Paper, Psychoanalysis Division, National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, IL, November 2004.

“Withholding Consent: Oikos and the Expression of a Female Gendered Political Imaginary in the Lysistrata Project,” Competitive Paper, Crossroads Conference on Cultural Studies, Urbana, IL June 2004.

“Process Rationality: The Rhetorical Role of the Third Party Mediator,” Competitive Paper, Alta Conference on Argumentation, Salt Lake City, UT, August 2003.

Professional Organizations

Rhetorical Society of America, Member
National Communication Association, Member


Coordinator, Center for Global Culture and Communication, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 2007-2008. Planned programs and supervised organizational, budgetary and promotional activities for inter-disciplinary program that sponsors lectures, seminars and conferences for scholars throughout the world.

Student Organizer, Difficult Dialogues Project. Helped to organize and run a conference on Reparations. Organized and ran the selection process for summer research grants awarded to undergraduate students at Northwestern University.


Top Student Paper, American Society for the History of Rhetoric, National.

Communication Association Convention 2005.

Graduate Student Fellowship, Northwestern University (2002-2007).

Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship, Northwestern University (2003 -2007).