Faculty Experts - Bryan Crable, Ph.D.

Bryan Crable, Ph.D.

Bryan Crable, Ph.D.
Founding Director, Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society

Area of Expertise:

  • Rhetoric and Politics
  • Race and Identity
  • Philosophy of Communication and Language
  • Social Change


Communication theory and rhetoric, especially as they relate to the intersection between individual and social identity, are the focus of Dr. Crable's expertise. He also serves as the Director of Villanova's Vatican Internship Program, a unique experience that offers students the opportunity to participate in hands-on media production, public relations and journalism at the Vatican. Crable is a good source for tracing the history of language from orality to literacy and the progressive and increasingly rapid shifts in communication technology.


  • Ph.D., Purdue University
  • M.A., Purdue University
  • B.A., Purdue University

Selected Publications

  • Crable, Bryan, A Rhetoric of Race: Ralph Ellison and Kenneth Burke, Charlottesville, VA: U of Virginia P., anticipated Spring 2011.
  • Crable, Bryan, ed. Transcendence by Perspective: Kenneth Burke, Social Conflict, Social Change, West Lafayette, IN: Parlor, anticipated Fall 2010.
  • Crable, Bryan, Book Chapter: "From Acceptance to Rejection: Kenneth Burke, Ralph Ellison, and Invisible Man," in Kenneth Burke and His Circles, ed., Jack Selzer and Robert Wess. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, Lead chapter, pp. 3-26, 2008.
  • Crable, Bryan, "Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Rhetorical Nature of Passion," The Review of Communication 8.2, pp. 195-200, 2008.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Villanova University
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Purdue University
  • Adjunct Faculty, Ivy Tech State College

About Villanova

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