Steven Rafferty Steven Rafferty
sfraffer [at] usc [dot] edu

Steven’s research interests focus on the theory and practice of public argumentation and deliberation in contemporary communicative ecologies, particularly as they intersect with questions of identity, community, and citizenship. Steven’s dissertation explores the role of visible, audible, and discursive tropes in popular culture as inducements toward the acceptance of race as a taken-for-granted logic of difference and the practices of adversarial aesthetics that disrupt and destabilize that logic. He holds an M.A. in Communication Studies from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California with emphases on rhetoric and cultural studies. He received his B. A. in Communication Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. At USC Steven has taught COMM 204-Introduction to Public Speaking and COMM 322-Argumentation and Advocacy. He has also served as a Teaching Assistant for COMM 201-Introduction to Communication as a Liberal Art.