• Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Professional Affiliations
Steve Martin '96

Steven Martin

Professor of Communication, Chair of Communication Department, Mentor for Oral Communication and Collaboration Skills (Catalyst Curriculum)

[email protected]
Office: Smith 211

Basic Information


  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A., Colorado State University
  • A.B., Ripon College

Courses Taught

  • Public Speaking
  • Rhetoric of Social Movements
  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Political Communication
  • Media and Society
  • Issues in Communication: the First Amendment
  • Communication and Environment

Awards & Honors

  • The Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovation $5,000 grant to research "Academic Freedom and Faculty Free Speech in Higher Education."
  • James R. Underkofler Award for Excellence in Teaching, Ripon College, April 2017.
  • The Rex Mix Program of Excellence Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Communication Department in the United States, from the National Communication Association (Departmental Award, with Dr. Jody Roy)
  • May Bumby Severy Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Ripon College, 2006
  • Robert G. Gunderson Award for the Outstanding Debut Paper in Public Address Division, National Communication Association
  • The Ninth Annual Kenneth Burke Essay Contest, Honorable Mention, for essay titled “The CIO’s Comic Book Campaign,” Penn State University
  • Sparks Fellowship, Penn State University
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Ripon College



  • Schatzinger, Henrik, and Steven E. Martin, Game Changers: How Dark Money and Super PACs are Transforming U.S. Campaigns. Landham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2020.
  • "How 'Patriotic Correctness' Squelches Free Expression: An Ideographic Analysis of Patriotism," Plenary session presentation at the Civil Liberties Symposium, University of Wisconsin-Stout, April 2018.
  • Martin, Steven E. "Debunking Hitler: True Comics as Counter-Propaganda," [Chapter 9] in The Ten Cent War: Comic Books, Propaganda, and World War II.  Trischa Goodnow and James Kimball, eds. The University Press of Mississippi (2017).
  • "Kaepernick’s Stand: Patriotism, Protest, and Professional Sports," [co-authored with Guy McHendry '06] in Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric (2016).
  • Martin, Steven E. “John L. Lewis, ‘Speech at the Fifty-Fifth Annual Convention of the American Federation of Labor’ (16 October 1935),” Voices of Democracy 8 (2013): 42‐61.
  • “Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s Strategies for Taking on Public Unions.” Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric, Issue 1, vol. 2 (2011).
  • “Patriots and Saints:  How the NFL Helped America Cope with Terrorists and Natural Disasters,” [co-authored with Amanda Breitenfeldt '06] in Sports Mania:  Essays on Fandom and The Media, McFarland & Co. (2008).
  • “Establishing Counter-Hegemony through Narratives: The Comic Books of the Congress of Industrial Organizations,” in Who Says? Working-Class Rhetoric, Class Consciousness and Community, University of Pittsburg Press (2007).
  • “Anti-Conspiracy and Anti-Propaganda Rhetoric in Joe Worker and the Story of Labor: The Use of the Comic Book Form.” Journal of the Wisconsin Communication Association (Summer 2000).
  • “Stock Issues-Based Policy Speech Small Group Exercise,” Communication Teacher 14 (Winter 2000).

Areas of Interest

  • The labor movement
  • The environmental movement
  • Rhetoric and religion

Professional/Scholarly Affiliations

  • Board of Advisors, Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovation.
  • Member of the committee of the National Communication Association’s (NCA) Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award for Student Scholarship
  • Official member of National Speakers Bureau Secular Student Alliance