Joseph Rhodes is a professor in the Honors College and the Department of Communication Studies. He recieved his Ph.d. from Louisiana State University. He studies the intersections of religion, science, and public moral argument. More specifically, he studies how the nature of language itself influences how publics understand and talk about God, and then, how these "rhetorical theologies" impact public debates concerning social change, foreign policy, and science policy. Rhodes is currently working on two projects. First, is a book manuscript that addresses the speech and thought of Reinhold Niebuhr from rhetorical, historical, and theoretical perspectives. Niebuhr was America's most influential theologian and had a lasting impact on American foreign policy. Second, is a developing project that uses the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson to articulate a distinct brand of naturalistic prophecy that connects scientific and religious worldviews, and which he saw articulated by Native-American orators during the 19th century. Rhodes's work has appeared in Rhetoric & Public Affairs and Rhetoric Review and his most recent article, "Imagining Moral Presidential Speech: Barack Obama's Niebuhrian Nobel" can be found in the latest issue of Rhetoric & Public Affairs (18:3).