Meet the Faculty
David G. Holmes
Professor of English and Director of African American Studies, Pepperdine University
- Ph.D., University of Southern California
- M.A., University of Southern California
- M.A., California State University
- B.A., Oklahoma Christian University
- Harlem Renaissance
- First Semester English Composition
- Advanced English Composition
- Literary Theory
- Civil Rights Rhetoric, Literature and Film
- Composition Theory
- Carribean Literature
- Senior Thesis in Rhetoric
- Topics in Literature
- Topics in Rhetoric
- Theresa Enos Anniversary Award for Best Essay, Rhetoric Review 2013
- Langston Hughes Visiting Professor, University of Kansas, Spring 2013
- Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence, 2012
- Blanche E. Seaver Professor in Humanitites, 2006-2011
- Elected Member, Executive Committee Conference on College Composition and Communication
- Elected Member, College Section Nominating Committee, National Council of Teachers of English
- Rhetoric Society of America
- African American Preaching
- Civil Rights Movement Film, Fiction, and Rhetoric
- English Composition History and Theory
- Harlem Renaissance Literature and Culture
- Intellectualized Rhetorics of Racism
- Literary Theory
- Political Rhetoric
- Rhetoric and Religion
- Rhetorical History and Theory
- Theories of Ethos
- Where the Sacred and Secular Harmonize: Birmingham Mass Meeting Rhetoric and the Prophetic Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. Cascade Press, November 2017.
- "Breaking the Chains of Science: The Rhetoric of Empirical Racism in Django Unchained." Black Camera, Volume 7, Number 2 (Spring 2016)73-78.
- "'Hear Me Tonight': Ralph Abernathy and the Sermonic Pedagogy of the Birmingham Mass Meeting." Rhetoric Review, 32:2 (April 2013): 156-173. Winner of Theresa Enos Anniversary Award for Best Essay.
- "Speaking of Moses and the Messiah: Ralph Abernathy's Rhetoric for and by the People." Journal of Communication and Religion. Vol. 35 No. 1 (Spring 2012): 1-11.
- "(Re-)Dressing the KKK: Fred Shuttlesworth's Precept Hermeneutic and the Rhetoric of African American Prophetic Patriotism." Journal of Black Studies. Volume 42 Number 5 (July 2011):811-827
- "The Civil Rights Movement According to Crash: Complicating the Pedagogy of Integration." College English, Volume 69, Number 4 (March 2007) :314-321.
- Revisiting Racialized Voice, February 2007 by Southern Illinois University Press (Paperback edition).
- "Affirmative Reaction: Kennedy, Nixon, King and the Evolution of Color Blind Rhetoric." Rhetoric Review, Volume 26, Number 1 (January 2007) :25-41.
- "Cross Racial Voicing: Carl Van Vechten's Imagination and the Search for an African American Ethos." College English, Volume 68, Number 3 (January 2006): 291-307.
- "Say What?: Rediscovering Hugh Blair and the Racialization of Language, Culture, and Pedagogy in Eighteenth-Century Rhetoric." Calling Cards: Theory and Practice in the Study of Race, Gender, and Culture. State University of New York Press, March 2005.
- Revisiting Racialized Voice, February 2004 by Southern Illinois University Press.(First Edition Hardback)
- "Color Me Author." Journal of Teaching Writing, 19.1-2 (2001): 1-13.
- "The Fragmented Whole: Ralph Ellison, Kenneth Burke, and the Cultural Literacy Debate." College Language Association Journal, Volume XLIII, Number 3 (March 2000).
- Refereed and Invited Presentations
- "Rechanneling the Waters: Rereading 'The Negro Speaks of Rivers' Using Rhetorical Hermeneutics." College English Association, Hilton Head, Island, South Carolina, March 2017.
- "Black Religion Matters: African American Prophecy as a Theoretical Frame for Rhetorical Critiques." Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, Oregon, March, 2017
- "'Hear Me Tonight': The Out-Loud Public Literacies of the Birmingham Mass Meetings." Featured Session, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, Georgia, April 2011.
- "My Tales from the Hood and the Academy: Reflections on Culturally Relevant Pedagogies." Invited Lecture, Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina, October 28,2009.
- "Cultural Winds and Religious Waves: Negotiating Student Uses of Religious Discourses in the Classroom." Invited Lecture, Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina, October 29, 2009.
- "Mama's Baby, Daddy's Maybe: Elaine Brown and the Emergence of Afro-Feminist Rhetorics of Black Nationalism." Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, California. March 2009.
- Chair, "Hermeneutics: Decoding Religious Ideologies through Prophetic Politics, Sophistic Ethics and Critical Race Theory." Rhetoric Society of America, Seattle, Washington, May 2008.
- "Reclaiming the Word: Fred Shuttlesworth and the Rhetoric of Precept Hermeneutics." Rhetoric Society of America, Seattle, Washington, May 2008.
- Chair, Super Session on "African American Rhetoric." Rhetoric Society of America, Seattle, Washington, May 2008.
- "Mediating Messages from Moses and the Messiah: Ralph Abernathy's Ethos and the Nommo of Spoken Literacy." Conference on College Composition and Communication, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2008.
- "(Re) Dressing the KKK: Fred Shuttlesworth's Precept Hermeneutic and the Rhetoric of African American Prophetic Patriotism." Invited Lecture, Arizona State University, March 26, 2008.
- "Recasting the Kingdom, Reclaiming the Word: Race, Religion and the Democratic Paradoxes of African American Rhetorical Sovereignty," Invited Lecture, Florida State University, October 22, 2007.
- "Faith Comes by Hearing: Recovering the Rhetoric of the Birmingham Civil Rights Mass Meetings." Invited Lecture, Birmingham Public Library Archives, Birmingham, Alabama, August 8, 2007.
- "Citizens of Color and for Color: Teaching Whiteness for Cross-Racial Democracy." National Council of Teachers of English, Nashville, Tennessee, November, 2006.
- Chair, African American Studies Section. Christian Scholars Conference, Rochester Hills, Michigan, June 2006.
- Chair, "Rhetorical and Political Bodies." Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Memphis, Tennessee, May, 2006.
- "Showing and Telling: The Alabama Civil Rights Movement and the Pedagogy of Place." Association of Integrated Studies Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 15, 2004.