Kent A. Ono inducted into the International Communication Association Fellowship



Kent A. Ono, professor of communication, has been named one of the eighteen 2021 Fellows of the International Communication Association. Fellows are chosen for the strength of their distinguished scholarly contributions in the broad field of communication. The primary consideration for appointment to membership is a documented record of extraordinary scholarly achievement.

Candidates are nominated by the members of the CIA and must receive a majority vote of the current members and approval of the Board of Directors in order to obtain membership. Only 243 researchers have received this honor to date.

Ono, who is the past president of the National Association of Communication, is known for his valuable and important contributions to the field of communication research known as “critical rhetoric.” This work helped early on in bringing the rhetorical tradition into conversation with the developing humanities scholarship in cultural theory and cultural studies. He is recognized as one of the foremost scholars of breed rhetoric and one of the foremost scholars of communication studies in Asian America.

In her letter of appointment to the CIA, Myra Washington, assistant vice president for faculty, equity and diversity at the University of Utah, wrote: “He has changed the face of the discipline of communication. The successful careers of many female academics, queer academics, and academics of color are testament to Dr. Ono’s dedication to making academia a good, productive, rewarding and safe space for all.

Ono conducts critical and theoretical research on print, film and television media, focusing specifically on representations of race, gender, sexuality, class and nation. He has written articles in numerous journals including: Communication monographs, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication and critical / cultural studies, Communication request, Western Journal of Communication, Philosophy and rhetoric, Journal of America and Journal of Asian American Studies.

Read his full biography here.

Congratulations, Professor Ono.



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