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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Nathan Wilson

Dr. Nathan Wilson



144 Wells Hall


660.562.1947 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2008

Assistant Professor


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

Courses Taught

  • 29-343 Rhetoric of American Issues
  • 29-310 Communication Research Methods
  • 29-235 Introduction to Classical Rhetoric
  • 29-232 Small Group Communication
  • 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

  • (Accepted; Publication Pending) Wilson, Nathan. "Divisive Humor: A Critical Examination of Audience Power" to Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies special issue on Comedy and Audience.
  • Wilson, Nathan. "Irony of Silence/Ironies of Silence: On the Politics of Not Laughing." Journal of Electronic Communication, 18(2-4), 2008.
  • Wilson, Nathan. "Wait, My Supermarket's NOT Local?!?" Paper presented to the National Communication Association Conference (November, 2010) San Francisco, CA.
  • Wilson, Nathan. "The Curious Case of Self-Parody: Rhetorical Possibilities and Pitfalls of Colbert, Silverman and Larry the Cable Guy." Paper presented to the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) Conference (June, 2009) Long Beach, CA.

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