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Kristine Warrenburg Rome

Associate Professor


Research, Professional and Creative Activity


  • Warrenburg, K. (2009). The invisible argument: Recognizing race through visceral reasoning.  In Argument cultures: Proceedings of the 8th conference University of Windsor. Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation. 
  • Warrenburg, K. (2007). Aesthetic argument: Moving beyond logic. In F.H. van Eemeren (Ed.),Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Argumentation. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: International Society for the Study of Argumentation.
  • Hicks, D., Margesson, R., & Warrenburg, K. (2005). Political reasonableness in contemporary argumentation theory: A content analysis of the New York Times, 1860-2004, Contemporary Argumentation and Debate, v. 26, p. 1-12.


Ph.D., University of Denver (Denver, CO) – August 2009
Department: Human Communication Studies
Program Concentration: Rhetoric and Communication Ethics
Cognate Focus: Culture and Communication
Dissertation: April 4, 1968: Death, difference, and dialogue: Robert F. Kennedy announces the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.  
Advisor: Darrin Hicks, Ph.D.

M.A., Butler University (Indianapolis, IN) – August 2003
Major: History
Program Concentration: U.S. History
Thesis: RFK on MLK: A rhetorical analysis of Robert Kennedy’s Indianapolis speech following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Advisor: Michelle Mannering, Ph.D.

B.A., DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) – May 1999
Major: Communication Arts and Sciences
Minor: History
Senior Thesis: Woodstock 1969: A qualitative analysis utilizing Bormann’s fantasy theme approach
Advisor: Melanie (Barnes) Finney, Ph.D.

Area of Research:

  • Rhetorical theory and criticism
  • Rhetoric and public address
  • Rhetoric of social movements
  • Rhetoric of race
  • Material rhetoric
  • Public Memory
  • Argumentation theory and aesthetics
  • Communication ethics
  • Dialogue
  • Public deliberation

Professional Profile

Kristine Warrenburg Rome, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Communication who joined the Flagler College community in 2009-2010. Her research is driven by the problematic concerning the politics of difference. Such politics – of race, class, and/or gender – resonate in the situational context of communication interaction and create opportunities to re-produce hierarchy and/or transformation. Her research has appeared in Contemporary Argumentation & Debate, as well as in multiple international argumentation conference proceedings. Her work on Robert F. Kennedy’s April 4, 1968 announcement of Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination, which has been presented at over a dozen national and international scholarly conferences, is still ongoing.

Teaching and Related Service

Courses taught at Flagler College:

  • COM 491: Independent Study: Speech Communication
  • COM 362: Media Ethics (multiple sections)
  • COM 340: Communication & Pop Culture (multiple sections)
  • COM 340: Walt Disney: Conglomerate & Cultural Criticism (multiple sections)
  • COM 336: Stereotypes and Mass Media (multiple sections)
  • COM 208: Introduction to Media (multiple sections)
  • COR 101 WI: Keystone Seminar I: Culture, Place & Memory (multiple sections)
  • COM 101: Speech Communication (multiple sections)
  • COM 101: Speech Communication: Community Action (multiple sections)
  • PD: Conflict Resolution as part of the Professional & Personal Development Course Series

Courses taught at previous institutions including:
Wittenberg University, Sinclair Community College, Hollins University, University of Denver, and Red Rocks Community College

  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Race and Rhetoric
  • Reasoning and Communication (multiple sections)
  • Interpersonal Communication (multiple sections)
  • Social Movement Rhetoric
  • Argumentation and Debate
  • Fundamentals of Argumentation
  • Public Speaking (multiple sections)
  • Introduction to Communication Theory (multiple sections)
  • Speaking Out: Ideas that Matter
  • Speaking Out: Special Occasions (multiple sections)
  • Speaking Out: World Affairs (multiple sections)

More Information

Kristine has worked with a number of campus initiatives including undergraduate research, community-integrative education, and sustainability.  She is Speech Coordinator for the Communication Department and has participated in the Florida Humanities High School Summer Seminars and Civil Rights Workshop. She received a Dean’s Award for Leadership and Service, Flagler College, 2012-2013.

Office Hours:

  • Monday: 11:00AM - 12:00PM, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00AM - 12:00PM, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
  • Thursday: by appt
  • Friday: 11:00AM - 12:00PM, 1:00PM - 2:00PM