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W. Patrick Wade

Assistant Professor    

Ph.D., Northwestern University
M.A., Northwestern University
B.A., Emory University


Visual Rhetoric
Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
Public Memory


W. Patrick Wade’s research is grounded in rhetorical studies and oriented toward the study of historical and contemporary visual media, with a special focus on 20th century photojournalism depicting war and conflict. This work aims to understand the role of imagery in civic persuasion during moments of public controversy. His work has appeared in Media, War & Conflict and Rhetoric Society Quarterly.


W. Patrick Wade, “Witness to the Thousand-Yard Stare: Civilian Imagination of Service Members’ Mental Injuries in Wartime,” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 49, no. 2 (2019): 118-141.

W. Patrick Wade. “The ‘Living Room War’ in the Escalation Period: Romance, Irony,
and the Narrative Ambivalence of Tragedy in Vietnam War Era Photojournalism.”
Media, War & Conflict 8, no. 3 (2015): 312-328.