Peter Odell Campbell holds a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies; he is an Assistant Professor in the Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy, and Rhetoric program.
Campbell’s research focuses on argumentation, race, and sexuality in U.S. national institutions—especially the judiciary, screen media, and state and federal prisons. His writing and public communication appears in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, WSQ: Solidarity, the edited collection Monster Culture in the 21st Century, the Chicago Tribune, Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Champaign, Illinois News-Gazette.
Campbell’s current work includes collaborative studies of post-racial arguments on Bravo’s Top Chef, and trans*-exclusive punishment rhetoric in U.S. prison administration. His book project explores the argumentative production of state sovereignty over queer forms of identity, life, and relationship in U.S. judicial writing and speech. In 2015, he will guest edit a forum on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act for the journal QED.