Jason del Gandio

Jason Del Gandio

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Strategic Communication

Weiss Hall, Room 225
1701 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


My scholarship, broadly speaking, focuses on the “performance, philosophy, and rhetoric of social justice.”  Performance addresses issues of embodiment, style, and habit; philosophy addresses cognition, reason, and systems of thought; and rhetoric addresses persuasion, language, and audience.  Specific topics of interest include social movements, activism, community organizing, and enactments of resistance and liberation.  Theoretically, my work is most directly informed by phenomenology, post-structuralism, and Italian Autonomism.

In prior years, my work has focused on helping activists improve their communication skills and rhetorical strategies. This was the topic of my first book, Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for 21st Century Activists (2008).  It’s also related to a more recent co-edited book entitled Educating for Action: Strategies to Ignite Social Justice (2014).  Much of my work is influenced by my own experiences with activism and social movements. Over the last fifteen years, I have participated in the Global Justice Movement, the anti-war movement, fair trade campaigns, Latin American solidarity work, and more recently, the Occupy Movement.

A new topic that I am beginning to explore is “social movement literacy.”  How do we help educate the general public on how to properly read and understand the nature and function of social movements?  I envision this as a public pedagogy project, meaning that it exceeds the institutional boundaries of the academy and seeks to have wide social influence.


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

Courses Taught

STRC 2221Public AdvocacyUndergraduate
STRC 2296Rhetoric of Social MovementsUndergraduate
STRC 3396Rhetorical CriticismUndergraduate
STRC 4839Senior Seminar in RPAUndergraduate


Coedited BookEducating for Action: Strategies to Ignite Social JusticeAnthony NocellaNew Society PressGabriola Island, B.C.2014
Coedited BookThe Terrorization of Dissent: Corporate Repression, Legal Corruption, and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism ActAnthony NocellaLantern BooksBrooklyn, NY2014
BookRhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for Twenty-First Century ActivistsNew Society PressGabriola Island, B.C.2008
Journal ArticleExtending the Eros Effect: Sentience, Reality, and EmanationNew Political Science201436.2: 129-148
Journal ArticleFrom Affectivity to Emanation: An Introduction to the Human VibePhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture20127.2: 28-58
Journal ArticleRethinking Immaterial Labor: Communication, Reality, and Neo-RadicalismRadical Philosophy Review201114.2: 121-138
Journal ArticleYou Can Do It: A Conversation with Theatrical Artist Cynthia HopkinsLiminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies20095.4: 1-20
Journal ArticleGlobal Justice Rhetoric: Observations and SuggestionsEphemera: Theory and Politics in Organization20088.2: 182-203

Lectures / Conferences

Rhetoric and Activism (Skype Talk, Oklahoma State University)2015
The AETA and the Terrorization of Dissent (Public Talk, Vassar College)2014
The AETA and the Terrorization of Dissent (Public Talk, Wooden Shoe Bookstore)2014
Activists, Bodies, and Political Arguments (Keynote Address, Patti Pace Festival, George Regents University)2014
Becoming an Effective Activist (Public Talk, Temple University)2013
Social Justice Education in the Occupy Movement (Skype Talk, Hamline University)2012
What is Occupy? (Panel Participant, Temple University Law School)2011


NameType of ServicePositionDates Active
Rhetoric and Public AdvocacyDepartmentSequence Head2010–Present
RPA Student ClubDepartmentFaculty Advisor2013–2015
Writing-Intensive Curriculum CommitteeUniversityCommittee Member2014–Present