About the American Society for the History of Rhetoric

RhetoricaThe American Society for the History of Rhetoric was organized, in 1977, as the American Branch of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric

The purpose of ASHR is to promote the study of both the theory and practice of rhetoric in all periods and languages and its relationship with philosophy, poetics, politics, religion, law, and other aspects of the cultural context.

The disciplinary interests of our members include classics, cultural studies, English, history, linguistics, modern languages, philosophy, and speech communication.

For more information, consult this brief history, ASHR’s Constitution, the names of those on the steering committee, and the list of past presidents.