Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Camille Kaminski Lewis is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. She holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University in Rhetorical Studies with a minor in American Studies. Her book, Romancing the Difference: Kenneth Burke, Bob Jones University, and the Rhetoric of Religious Fundamentalism, was a scholarly attempt to stretch the boundaries of both Kenneth Burke’s rhetorical theory on tragedy and comedy as well as stretch conservative evangelical’s separatist frames. Her second book, White Nationalism and Faith: Statements and Counter-Statements, tracks the religious arguments for and against white nationalism in America since the Civil War. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Klandamentalism: Dysfunction and Violence in America’s Most Romantic Religious Movements. After nearly twenty years in the classroom, Camille is thrilled to be teaching Rhetoric & Strategy, Argumentation, Rhetorical Criticism, Great Speeches, and Public Speaking at Furman.
- Ph.D., Indiana University
- M.A., Bob Jones University
- B.A., Bob Jones University
Professor Lewis's research interests focus on the intersection of rhetoric, race, and religion in the United States. She will randomly quote Kenneth Burke in any conversation as well.
- “‘The Bounds of Their Habitation’: Bob Jones’ Rhetorical Duel with Billy Graham,” Fides et Historia, 53:1 (Winter/Spring 2021): 37-59
- “From Sousaphones to Superman: Narrative, Rhetoric, and Memory as Equipment for Living,” The Journal of Aesthetic Education, 54, no. 4. (Winter 2020): 6-18. doi:10.5406/jaesteduc.54.4.
- “‘I Come from Georgia’: Andrew Cobb Erwin’s Southern Resistance to the Ku Klux Klan.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 23, no. 2 (Summer 2020): 331–65. doi:10.14321/rhetpublaffa.23.
Additional Professional Activities
Professor Lewis is current the Vice-Chair and Conference Planner for the American Society for the History of Rhetoric Interest Group, Southern States Communication Association convention to be held in the Spring of 2022 in Greenville, South Carolina.