Michael Graves

Dr. Michael Graves

Visiting Professor of Communication Studies 2012-2013
Phone: (805) 565-6837
Email: mgraves@westmont.edu

Office Location: Deane Hall 103

Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Friday 11:30 a. m. - 12:30 p.m.
and by appt

Media Ethics


Professor Graves Teaches:

  • Communication Criticism
  • Persuasion
  • Great Discourse
  • Public Speaking
  • Argumentation and Advocacy
  • Mass Communication


  • Ph. D. University of Southern California
  • M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A. University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests:

  • Quaker preaching, visual rhetoric, film and the spiritual jouney, and the rhetoric of popular music

Selected Publications & Presentations:

  • Preaching the Inward Light: Theory and Practice of Early Quaker Impromptu Preaching. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2009.  ISBN 978-1-60258-240-8. Awarded 2010 Book of the Year from Religious Communication Association

  • More Than Precious Memories: The Rhetoric of Southern Gospel Music, Michael P. Graves and David Fillingim, eds. Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2004. Recipient of the 2005 Ray and Pat Brown Award from the Popular Culture Association for the best edited book in Popular Culture Studies.

  • “The British Quaker Sermon, 1689-1901.” In Oxford Handbook of the Modern British Sermon, 1688-1901. William Gibson and Keith Francis, eds. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 2012.

  • “The Marginalization of Traditional Southern Religion in the Film The Grass Harp.” In Mediated Images of the South: The Portrayal of Dixie in Popular Culture. Alison Miller, ed. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2012.

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