Omedi Ochieng

Omedi Ochieng

Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Office Location: Deane Hall

Office Hours
Dr. Ochieng is on leave 2015 - 2016.

Rhetorical Criticism
African Rhetoric

Professor Ochieng has taught at Westmont since 2005, and won the 2013 Teacher of the Year Award. He grew up in Kenya where he graduated from Daystar University (B. A., Communication), Nairobi. His favorite short stories are Octavia Butler's "Bloodchild," Bernard Malamud's "The Magic Barrel," and Chinua Achebe's "Civil Peace."


Professor Ochieng Teaches:

  • International Rhetoric
  • Argumentation & Advocacy
  • Communication Criticism
  • Public Discourse
  • Public Speaking
  • Messages, Meaning, and Culture

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. in Communication from Bowling Green State University, Ohio
  • B.A. in Communication from Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya

Research Interests:

  • Communication and Philosophy
  • Wisdom, Philosophy, and Rhetoric of African Sages
  • History of Rhetoric
  • Critical Theory

Selected Publications & Presentations:

  • Ochieng, O. (2011). A Ruthless Critique of Everything Existing: Frederick Douglass and the Architectonic of African American Radicalism. Western Journal of Communication, 75(2), 168-184.
  • Ochieng, O. (2011). The Ideology of African Philosophy: The Silences and Possibilities of African Rhetorical Knowledge. In C. Glenn & K. Ratcliffe (Eds.), Silence and Listening as Rhetorical Arts, pp. 147-162. Southern Illinois University Press.
  • Ochieng, O. (2008). The Epistemology of African Philosophy: Sagacious Knowledge and the Case for a Critical Contextual Epistemology. International Philosophical Quarterly, 48, p. 337.
  • Ochieng, O. (2007, November). The Rhetoric of African Philosophy: Episteme, Doxa and the Politics of Intellectual Capital in African Knowledge Production. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Ochieng, O. (2006, November). The History of Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of History: Articulating the History of Rhetoric as Chronotopia. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, San Antonio, TX.
  • Ochieng, O. (2003). Sisyphus at Starbucks: Complicity Through Resistance in the Satire of Liberties. In G. Hauser & A. Grim (Eds.), Rhetorical Democracy: Discursive Practices of Civic Engagement,, pp. 261-267. NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Lecture at Texas Lutheran: "Chronotopia - Imagination, Social Change, and Justice."


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