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Aaron Hess

Assoc Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 0520
Assoc Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 0520
Biography: 

Aaron Hess' scholarly trajectory can be traced through two foundational avenues—participatory rhetorical methods and digital rhetorical theory—which offer methodological rigor and theoretical insight into his research. Using innovative methodological intersections between textual analysis and participatory approaches such as ethnography, participant observation, and interviews, he explores the complex ways technology augments rhetorical expression and reception in physical, digital, and hybrid spaces. 

He is an associate professor in the languages and cultures faculty group of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Communication, Arizona State University 2008
  • M.A. Communication Studies, California State University-Chico 2003
  • B.A. Communication Studies, California State University-Chico 2001
Publications: 

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Hess, A. & Davisson, A. (Eds.) (2017). Theorizing digital rhetoric. New York: Routledge.

Middleton, M. K., Hess, A., Endres, D., & Senda-Cook, S.  (2015). Participatory critical rhetoric: Theoretical and methodological foundations for studying rhetoric in situ. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press. 

Hess, A. (2017). Advertising, news coverage, and autoplay. Journal of Media Ethics, 32, 134-135. doi: 10.1080/23736992.2017.1294887 

Hess, A. & Flores, C. (2016). Simply more than swiping left: A critical analysis of toxic masculine performances on Tinder Nightmares. New Media & Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1461444816681540 

Endres, D., Hess, A., Senda-Cook, S., & Middleton, M. K. (2016). In situ rhetoric: Intersections between qualitative inquiry, fieldwork, and rhetoric. Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies, doi: 10.1177/1532708616655820 

Hess, A. (2016). Embodied judgment: A call for a phronetic orientation in rhetorical ethnography. In S. McKinnon, R. Asen, K. Chavez, & R. G. Howard (Eds.), Text + field: Innovations in rhetorical method (pp. 86-100). University Park, PA: Penn State Press.

Hess, A., Menegatos, L, & Savage, M. (2015). Shaming Jane: A feminist Foucauldian analysis of how college students employ the sexual double standard in peer interventions. Women’s Studies in Communication, 38, 462-485.

Hess, A. (2015). The selfie assemblage. International Journal of Communication, 9, 1629-1646. Retrieved from http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/3147/1389

Chevrette, R., & Hess, A. (2015). Unearthing the Native past: Citizen archaeology and modern (non)belonging at the Pueblo Grande Museum. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 12, 139-158. doi: 10.1080/14791420.2015.1012214

Hess, A., & Herbig, A. (2013). Recalling the ghosts of 9/11: Convergent memorializing at the opening of the National 9/11 Memorial. International Journal of Communication, 7, 2207-2230. Retrieved from http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/1733/997

Herbig, A., & Hess, A. (2012). Convergent critical rhetoric at the Rally to Restore Sanity: Exploring the intersection of rhetoric, ethnography, and documentary production. Communication Studies, 63, 269-289. doi:10.1080/10510974.2012.674617

Hess, A. (2011). Critical-rhetorical ethnography: Rethinking the place and process of rhetoric. Communication Studies, 62, 127-152. doi:10.1080/10510974.2011.529750 

Hess, A. (2009). Resistance up in smoke: Analyzing the limitations of deliberation on YouTube. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 26, 411-434. doi: 10.1080/15295030903325347

Hess, A. (2007). “You don’t play, you volunteer”: Narrative public memory construction in Medal of Honor Rising Sun. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 24, 339-356. doi: 10.1080/07393180701567729

Hess, A. (2007). In digital remembrance: Vernacular memory and the rhetorical construction of web memorials. Media, Culture & Society, 29, 812-830. doi: 10.1177/0163443707080539

Brouwer, D. C., & Hess, A. (2007). Making sense of ‘God hates fags’ and ‘Thank God for 9/11’: A thematic analysis of milbloggers’ responses to Reverend Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church. Western Journal of Communication, 71, 69-90. doi: 10.1080/10570310701215388

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 100Intro to Human Communication
COM 207Intro to Communication Inquiry
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 494Special Topics
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 492Honors Directed Study
COM 494Special Topics
COM 499Individualized Instruction
COM 799Dissertation
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 100Intro to Human Communication
COM 207Intro to Communication Inquiry
COM 494Special Topics
COM 792Research
COM 799Dissertation
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 494Special Topics
COM 792Research
COM 799Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 467Digital Rhetoric
COM 492Honors Directed Study
COM 499Individualized Instruction
COM 792Research
COM 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 100Intro to Human Communication
COM 207Intro to Communication Inquiry
COM 420Rhetoric & Community Advocacy
COM 792Research
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 308Adv Research Methods in Comm
COM 371Language, Culture, &Comm
COM 492Honors Directed Study
COM 499Individualized Instruction
COM 792Research
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 230Small Group Communication
COM 400Communication in Professions
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 308Adv Research Methods in Comm
COM 492Honors Directed Study
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 100Intro to Human Communication
COM 420Rhetoric and Community Advo
COM 493Honors Thesis
COM 690Reading and Conference
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 230Small Group Communication
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 308Adv Research Methods in Comm
COM 467Digital Rhetoric
COM 492Honors Directed Study