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Michael Butterworth

Department of Communication Studies




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Dr. Michael L. Butterworth (Ph.D., Indiana University, 2006) is the Director of the Center for Sports Communication and Media, and Professor in the Department of Communication Studies.  His research explores the connections between rhetoric, democracy, and sport, with particular interests in national identity, militarism, and public memory.  He is the author of Baseball and Rhetorics of Purity: The National Pastime and American Identity during the War on Terror, co-author (with Andrew Billings and Paul Turman) of Communication and Sport: Surveying the Field, and editor of Sport and Militarism: Contemporary Global Perspectives.  Dr. Butterworth’s essays have appeared in journals such as Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Communication and Sport, Communication, Culture & Critique, Critical Studies in Media Communication, the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, the Journal of Communication, the Journal of Sport & Social Issues, and the Quarterly Journal of Speech.  He also contributes to websites such as Reading the Pictures (http://www.readingthepictures.org/staff/) and The Vision Machine (http://thevisionmachine.com/).  Dr. Butterworth serves as Chair of the Communication and Sport Division for the National Communication Association and Secretary of the Sports Communication Interest Group for the International Communication Association.  He previously served as the Founding Executive Director of the International Association for Communication and Sport.  Dr. Butterworth earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Culture at Indiana University-Bloomington.  He also has an M.A. in Communication and a B.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.