Brandon Inabinet

Professor, Communication Studies

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Professor Inabinet has published on ancient ethics and rhetorical theory in modern contexts. He is specifically interested in the current moment in regional rhetoric, and the way that the U.S. South's project of racial reckoning reflects and leverages global social movement.Professor Inabinet is a frequent host to campus debate, discussions, and dialogue. After reforming the Cultural Life Program in his first years at Furman to ensure the academic integrity of the program, he led the American Association of University Professors in South Carolina toward restarting and doubling in membership as its President. The license holder for TEDxFurmanU and the founder of Innovation Hour, he encourages design thinking and innovation to challenge the status quo.The tragic shooting at Mother Emmanuel AME Church re-galvanized his interests in repairing historical harms, and this led him to chair the Task Force on Slavery & Justice, whose Seeking Abraham Report in July 2018 was approved by Furman's Board of Trustees. Continuing his national advocacy through Universities Studying Slavery, Inabinet hopes to hold institutions accountable for their histories through continued research, public memory projects, and advocacy. Student research and design projects and study aways associated with these themes are a central part of his ongoing work at Furman.


  • Janice Hocker Rushing Early Career Research Award from Southern States
  • Communication Association
  • Top Paper Award, American Society for the History of Rhetoric
  • James L. Golden Outstanding Student Essay in Rhetoric
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Lambda Pi Eta
  • Quaternion
  • Omicron Delta Kappa


  • Ph.D., Communication Studies, Rhetoric and Public Culture, Northwestern University
  • M.A., Communication Studies, Northwestern University,
  •  B.A. Communication Studies and Political Science, Furman University


Primary Research Area: History of Rhetoric

Specific Areas of Research:

-Decolonizing Southern Public Address
-Ancient Rhetorical Ethics
-Intergenerational Audiences & Text Circulation


  • Brandon Inabinet, “A More Purple Union: Visual Legacies of the 2004 DNC Keynote.” In City Places, Country Spaces: Rhetorical Explorations of the Urban/Rural Divide Wendy Atkins-Sayre and Ashli Quesinberry Stokes (New York: Peter Lang, 2020), 29-52;
  • Brandon Inabinet and Christina Moss, “Complicit in Victimage: Imagined Marginality in Southern Communication Criticism,” Rhetoric Review 38, no. 2 (2019): 160-172. DOI: 10.1080/07350198.2019.1582228
  • J. Aaron Simmons and Brandon Inabinet, “Retooling the Discourse of Objectivity: Epistemic Postmodernism as Shared Public Life,” with J. Aaron Simmons. Public Culture 30, no. 2 (2018): 221-243
  • Brandon Inabinet “Stoic Influence in a Ciceronian Rhetorical Tradition: Kant, Arendt, and Perelman’s ‘Rule of Justice.’” In Rhetoric in Europe: Philosophical Issues (Berlin: Frank & Timme, 2017), 107-120
  • Brandon Inabinet, Tami Blumenfield, and Amanda Richey. “A Delicious Connection: Global Learning through Structured Multimedia Dialogue.” Council of Undergraduate Research Quarterly (CURQ) on the Web 37, no. 3 (2017): 4-10.
  • “Local Intervention and the Archival Trap.” With Luke Christie. Carolinas Communication Annual 31 (2015): 24-29; Jessica M. Prody and Brandon Inabinet, “Sustainable Advocacy: Voice for and Before an Intergenerational Audience.” In Voice and Environmental Communication. Edited by Jennifer Peeples and Stephen Depoe (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 88-109
  • Brandon Inabinet, “Writers and Social Media in Politics.” In Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics, edited by Kerric Harvey (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2014)
  • Brandon Inabinet, “Rhetorics of Pluralism and the Almost-Hidden Research Agenda.” In Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly (On the Web) 35, no. 2 (Winter 2014): 31-32
  • Brandon Inabinet, “Commencing a Politics of Empathic Civility,” Controversia 9, no. 1 (Fall 2013), 73-82
  • Brandon Inabinet, “The American Scholar Lecture Revisited.” The Key Reporter - Phi Beta Kappa’s National Magazine (Fall 2012), 8. Full article online at; Brandon Inabinet, “Democratic Circulation: Jacksonian Lithographs in U.S. Public Discourse.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 15, no. 4 (Winter 2012): 659-666
  • Brandon Inabinet, “The Long Farewell: Laurence M. Keitt’s Eulogy on John C. Calhoun.” Carologue – South Carolina Historical Society Magazine (Winter 2012), 17-22; Arthur E. Walzer and Brandon Inabinet, “Who Wrote the Rhetoric? A Response to Brad McAdon.” Advances in the History of Rhetoric 14, no. 2 (2011): 166-190
  • Brandon Inabinet, “When Pastors Go Public: Richard Furman’s Public Letter on Slavery.” Southern Communication Journal 76, no. 3 (2011)
  • Brandon Inabinet, “Argument, Tradition, and the Currency of Authority,” in Reasoned Argument and Social Change: Selected Papers from the 17th Biennial Conference on Argumentation, edited by Robert C. Rowland. National Communication Association, 2011
  • Brandon Inabinet, “Southern Honor and the Politics of Civility.” Charleston Law Review 5, no. 3 (Spring 2011), 101-119
  • Brandon Inabinet, “The Stoicism of the Ideal Orator: Cicero’s Hellenistic Ideal.” Advances in the History of Rhetoric 14, no. 1 (2011), 14-32
  • Brandon Inabinet, “Whigging Out: Controversy in the Age of Jackson,” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 13, no. 3 (Fall 2010), 481-501
  • Brandon Inabinet, "Masked Dueling in the Jacksonian Press: The Adams-Calhoun Controversy,” in Concerning Argument: Proceedings of the 2007 Alta Conference of the American Forensic Association, edited by Scott Jacobs and Marc Zarefsky (Washington, D.C.: National Communication Association, 2009), 375-382
  • Brandon Inabinet, “Albert Beveridge, ‘March of the Flag’ (16 September 1898).” Voices of Democracy 1 (2006): 148-164.

Additional Professional Activities

  • External Grants Awarded: Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Campus Space and Rhetorics of Race—Connecting Injustice to the Liberal Arts Geography & Built Environment
  • Alliance for the Advancement of Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC) for “The 14th at 150” Workshop to Connect Justice after Slavery to Liberal Arts Colleges
  • David E. Shi Fellows Research Grant, Furman University. “Sustainability and the Kingdom of Science.” with J. Aaron Simmons
  • Mellon Asia Network Faculty Enhancement Program for “Power, Land, and Belief in a Divided Society"
  • Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Grant and Duke Endowment Grant with Tami Blumenfield, “Food Systems Transition in Southwest China and Upstate South Carolina: Fostering a Multimedia-Enhanced Dialogue."