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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Nathan Wilson

Dr. Nathan Wilson



104 Wells Hall


660.562.1947 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 1998

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D. Communication Studies; The University of Iowa (2008)
  • M.A. Communication Studies; The University of Iowa (2003)
  • B.A. Speech Communication; California State University at Fullerton (1998)

Courses Taught

  • 29-343 Rhetoric of American Issues
  • 29-310 Communication Research Methods
  • 29-235 Classical Rhetoric
  • 29-230 Public Speaking
  • 29-225 Intercultural Communication
  • 29-102 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

Academic Interests

  • Political efficacy of stand-up comedy
  • Rhetoric of local/slow food movements
  • Rhetoric of popular culture
  • Public memory and identity performance
  • Visual rhetoric

Scholarly Activity

  • Helen Konstantopolous, Nancy Hardee, Nathan Wilson, Bayo Joachim.  “Building Partnerships on Campus for Cross-Cultural Awareness: Piloting the Activity Buddies Program.” MIDTESOL Conference (Kansas City, MO), September, 2016.
  • Amy Aldridge, Roni K. Jackson, Malynnda Johnson, Scott Myers, Christine L. North, Nathan Wilson. “Learning Service—Changing Our Perspective.”  Panel Discussion presented at Central States Communication Association Conference (Madison, WI), April 2015.
  • Leslie Hahner, Scott Varda and Nathan Wilson.  “Haunted by Consumption: The Seductive Allure of Paranormal Activity.”  Communication Currents, 9 (1), 2014: available at
  • Leslie Hahner, Scott Varda and Nathan Wilson.  “Paranormal Activity and the Horror of Abject Consumption.” Critical Studies in Media Communication, 30 (5), 2013: 362-376.
  • Nathan Wilson“The Social and Political Context: An Intermediary Exercise in Defining the Critic’s ‘Critical Attitude.’”  Paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference (Washington, D.C.), November 2013.
  • Nathan A. Wilson. “Divisive Comedy: A Critical Examination of Audience Power.” Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, 8 (2), 2011: 276-291
  • Nathan Wilson“Wait, My Supermarket Isn’t Local?!?  Rhetoric and the Socio-politics of Eating at Home.”  Paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference (San Francisco, CA), November 2010.
  • Nathan Wilson“The Curious Case of Self-Parody: Rhetorical Possibilities and Pitfalls of Colbert, Silverman and Larry the Cable Guy.” Paper presented at the International Society for Humor Studies Conference (Long Beach, CA), June 2009.
  • Nathan A. Wilson. “Irony and Silence/Ironies of Silence: On the Politics of Not Laughing.”  Electronic Journal of Communication, 18 (2-4), 2008: 1-14.
  • Nathan Wilson“Offensive Language and Institutional Censure: The Politics, Economics and Decorum of Dick Jokes, Race and Carnival.”  Paper presented at the Cultural Studies Association Conference (New York, NY), May 2008.

Student Group Advisement

  • Lambda Pi Eta, Communication Honor Society

Other Professional Experiences

  • National Communication Association
  • Cultural Studies Association
  • Popular Culture Association
  • International Society for Humor Studies
  • American Humor Studies Association


  • Cycling, Stand-up Comedy, KC FoodCircles