Jason del Gandio

Jason del Gandio

Assistant Professor

Strategic Communication

Weiss Hall, Room 224
1701 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


My areas of scholarly expertise are in the philosophy of communication, social and political theory, rhetoric, and critical analysis with a focus on social movements and radical social change. In recent years I have focused on “activist rhetoric,” analyzing the rhetorical tendencies of contemporary activists as well as helping activists to improve their rhetorical effectiveness. This work comes out of my own experiences with social movements. Over the last decade, I have participated in the Global Justice Movement, the anti-war movement, the anti-RNC demonstrations of 2004, fair trade campaigns, Latin American solidarity work, and more recently, the Occupy Movement. My first book, entitled Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for 21st Century Activists, was published in 2008. I am currently co-editing a similar book entitled Education for Action: Top Ten Strategies for Peace and Justice. That book is under contract and due out by Fall, 2014. Other intellectual interests include: Italian Autonomism, 20th century Continental philosophy, and the relationship between language and bodily knowledge, neoliberalism, and methodologies of liberation.

I have taught a variety of communication courses, including Rhetorical Theory, Public Speaking, Persuasion, Argumentation, Social Movements, the Rhetoric of Globalization, and Public Advocacy. I earned my Ph.D. in 2002 from Southern Illinois University, with an emphasis in the Philosophy of Communication and a secondary emphasis in Performance Studies. After brief stays at other schools, I began at Temple University in the Spring of 2006.

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 1:40PM – 2:30PM and 3:40PM – 4:10PM


PhDPhilosophy of CommunicationSouthern Illinois University, Carbondale
MSPhilosophy of CommunicationSouthern Illinois University, Carbondale
BSPhilosophy/Speech CommunicationKean University of New Jersey


“From Affectivity to Emanation:  An Introduction to the Human Vibe.”  PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture.  7.2 (2012): 28-58.

“Rethinking Immaterial Labor:  Communication, Reality, and Neo-Radicalism.” Radical Philosophy Review.  14.2 (2011): 121-38.

“You Can Do It: A Conversation with Theatrical Artist Cynthia Hopkins.”  Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies. 5.4 (2009): 1-20.  Online: http://liminalities.net/5-4/hopkins.pdf.

“Global Justice Rhetoric: Observations and Suggestions.” Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization.  8.2 (2008): 182-203.  Online: http://www.ephemeraweb.org/ journal/8-2/8-2delgandio.pdf.

“Performing the Dum’ Dum Doctrine:  A Non-representational Account of Bush’s Expansionism.”  Liminalities:  A Journal of Performance Studies.  2.1 (2006): n.p. Online: http://liminalities.net/2-1/dumdum/intro.htm.

“Bush’s S20 and the Rerouting of American Order.”  Cultural Logic.  Vol. 9 (2006): n.p. Online:  http://clogic.eserver.org/2006/delgandio.html.

Book Chapter:  “Campus Arrests as a Logic of Neoliberalism.”  In Policing the Campus: Academic Repression, Surveillance, and the Occupy Movement.  Eds. Anthony Nocella and David Gabbard.  New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2013.

Book Chapter:  “Performing Nonhuman Liberation:  How the ALF and ELF Rupture the Political Imagination.”  In Performance on Behalf of the Environment.  Eds. Richard D. Besel and Jnan A. Blau. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013.

Non-Academic Public Writings

“The Significance of the Trayvon Martin Protests.”  Truthout.org.  Online.  (July 18, 2013.)

“Freedom vs. Autonomy:  A Tale of Two Logics.” Philosophers for Change. Online.  (Posted June 28, 2012.)

“Occupy the Heritage Foundation:  How a Conservative Think Tank Aims to Rebrand the American Dream.”  With Matt Dineen.  Truthout.org.  Online.  (June, 2012.)

“Occupy Your Education: A Note to Students about Changing the World.”  MRZine.  Online.  (November, 2011).

“Occupy Wall Street: A Reply to Skeptics.”  Counter Punch.  Online.  (October, 2011.)


“Social Justice Education in the Occupy Movement.”  Hamline University.  St. Paul, MN.  Skype presentation.  March 28, 2012.

“What is Occupy?”  Panel Participant.  Temple University Law School, National Lawyers Guild Student Chapter.  Philadelphia, PA.  October 27, 2011.

“Communication, Immaterial Labor, and Social Change.”  Napa Valley College. Students for a Democratic Society (student org.).  November 12, 2010.

“Communication, Immaterial Labor, and Social Change.”  University of San Francisco.  Department of Communication Studies.  November 11, 2010.

Informal talk with students and faculty about “rhetoric and social change.”  San Francisco State University.  Communication Studies Department.  November 10, 2010.

“Communication, Immaterial Labor, and Social Change.”  Buffalo State College. Buffalo State Students for Peace (student org.).  November 5, 2010.