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 Stephen A. King, Ph.D.

Stephen A. King, Ph.D.

Chairperson / Professor

Office: 1260 - Coleman Hall
Phone: (217) 581-2016
Fax: (217) 581-5718
Email: saking@eiu.edu

Stephen King, Ph.D.'s Vita
By Appointment

Frequently Taught Courses

*Qualitative Research Methods (Spring 2014)
*Intercultural Communication (Fall 1997-Fall 2014)
*Other courses include: Rhetorical Criticism, Social Movements, Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Discussion, Public Speaking, Mass Communication.

Education

Ph.D. in Speech Communication, Indiana University, 1997 (minor: Folklore)
M.A. in Communication, University of New Mexico, 1990
B.A. in Communication, Boise State University, 1987 (minor: Philosophy)

Professional Organizations

Association for Communication Administration, 2013-present.
 
Illinois Theatre and Communication Association, 2013-present.
 
National Communication Association, 1989-present.
 
Central States Communication Association, 2014-present.

Research

Rhetoric, popular culture, music, authenticity, public memory

Selected Publications

Books:

King, Stephen A. I’m Feeling the Blues Right Now: Blues Tourism and the Mississippi Delta. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2011.
 
King, Stephen A. Reggae, Rastafari, and the Rhetoric of Social Control. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2002.

Book Chapters:

King, Stephen A. “‘People Get Ready’: The Civil Rights Movement, Protest Music, and the Rhetoric of Resistance.” The Rhetorical History of the United States: Social Controversy and Public Address in the 1960s and Early 1970s (Volume 9). Ed. Richard J. Jensen. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P. Forthcoming.
 
King, Stephen A. “Mississippi Blues Tourism: History, Marketing Strategies and Goals, and Future Projections.” Defining the Delta: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Lower Mississippi River.  Ed. Janelle M. Collins.  Fayetteville: U of Arkansas P. Forthcoming.
 
King, Stephen A., and P. Renee Foster. “Revolutionary Words: Reggae’s Evolution from Protest to Mainstream.” The Routledge History of Social Protest in Popular Music. Ed. Jonathan Friedman. New York: Routledge, 2013. 248-262.
 
King, Stephen A. “Ska and the Roots of Rastafarian Musical Protest.” Music and Protest. Ed. Ian Peddie. Aldershot: Eng.: Ashgate, 2012. 101-127. (Originally published in Reggae, Rastafari, and the Reggae of Social Control).  
 
King, Stephen A. “The Blues, Trauma, and Public Memory: Willie King and the Liberators.”  Popular Music and Human Rights (Volume I: British and American Music). Ed. Ian Peddie. Aldershot, Eng.: Ashgate, 2011. 67-77.
 
King, Stephen A. “Protest Music as ‘Ego-Enhancement’: Reggae Music, the Rastafarian Movement, and the Reexamination of Race and Identity in Jamaica.” The Resisting Muse: Popular Music and Social Protest. Ed. Ian Peddie. Aldershot, Eng.: Ashgate, 2006. 105-118. 

Journal Articles:

King, Stephen A. “Between Jennings and Jones: Jamey Johnson, Hard-Core Country Music, and Outlaw as Authenticating Strategy.” Popular Music and Society 37.1 (2014): 1-21.
 
Meiki, Paulette, and Stephen A. King.  “Cross Border Community Research, Opportunities and Challenges: Case Study Analyses. Delta Journal of Education 3.2 (2013): 53-71. Retrieved from http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education/delta-journal-of-education/

King, Stephen A. “Memory, Mythmaking, and Museums: Constructive Authenticity and the Primitive Blues Subject.” Southern Communication Journal 71.3 (2006): 235-250.
 
King, Stephen A. “Race and Blues Tourism: A Comparison of Two Lodging Alternatives in Clarksdale, Mississippi.” Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies 36.1 (2005): 26-42. 
 
King, Stephen A. “Blues Tourism in the Mississippi Delta: The Functions of Blues Festivals.” Popular Music and Society 27.4 (2004): 255-275.
 
King, Stephen A., and P. Renee Foster. “‘No Problem, Mon’: Strategies Used to Promote Reggae Music as Jamaica’s Cultural Heritage.” Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing 8.4 (2001): 3-16.
 
King, Stephen A. “The Co-optation of a ‘Revolution’:  Rastafari, Reggae, and the Rhetoric of Social Control.” Howard Journal of Communications 10.2 (1999): 77-95.
 
King, Stephen A. “International Reggae, Democratic Socialism, and the Secularization of the Rastafarian Movement, 1972-1980.” Popular Music and Society 22.3 (1998): 39-60.
 
King, Stephen A., and Richard J. Jensen. “Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’: The Rhetoric of Reggae and Rastafari.” Journal of Popular Culture 29.3 (1995): 17-36.
 
Simpson, Tessa T., and Stephen A. King. “The Sanctuary Movement: Criminal Trials and Religious Dissent.” Journal of Communication and Religion 15.2 (1992): 15-28.
 
Book Review:

King, Stephen A. “Segregated Sound: Inventing Folk and Pop Music in the Age of Jim Crow.” Journal of American Folklore. Forthcoming.
 
King, Stephen A. “Bob Marley: A Biography” and “Bob Marley.” Caribbean Studies 37.1 (2009): 285-287.

Selected Conference Presentations

(49 presentations; selective sample)
 
King, Stephen A. Panel. “Spotlight on Pedagogical Innovations in Communication Studies.” Central States Communication Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota. April 2014.

King, Stephen A. “Between Jennings and Jones: Jamey Johnson, Hard-Core Country Music, and Outlaw as Authenticating Strategy.” Southern States Communication Association. Louisville, Kentucky. April 2013. 

King, Stephen A. “‘That Same Old Blues’: Tourism Practices, African American Music Heritage, and the Marketing of Mississippi Delta’s Blues Heritage.” National Communication Association. New Orleans, Louisiana. November 2011.
 
King, Stephen A. and P. Renee Foster, “Heritage Tourism: White Appropriation, and Black Culture: Blues Myths and the Rhetorical Imagination of Place.” National Communication Association. San Francisco, California. November 2010.
 
King, Stephen A. “Mississippi Blues: Heritage Tourism and Southern Identity.” National  Communication Association. Chicago, Illinois. November 2009.
 
King, Stephen A. “The Music Festival as Potential Catalyst for Social Change: A Critical Examination of Blues Festivals in the Mississippi Delta.” Southern States Communication Association. Savannah, Georgia. April 2008. [Top Three Competitive Paper Panel]  

King, Stephen A. “The Devil at the Crossroads: Mississippi’s Blues Tourism Industry and the Rhetorical Strategies of Mythmaking.” Mississippi Communication Association. Jackson, Mississippi. February 2008.
 
King, Stephen A. “‘Keeping the Blues Alive’: The 1960’s White Blues Revival and the Rhetoric of Preservation.” National Communication Association. San Antonio, Texas. November 2006.
 
King, Stephen A. “Race and Blues Tourism: A Comparison of Two Lodging Alternatives in Clarksdale, Mississippi.” Southern States Communication Association. Tampa, Florida. April 2004. 
 
King, Stephen A. “The Search for Authenticity and the Struggle for Power and Representation: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Delta Blues Museum.” National Communication Association. Miami Beach, Florida. November 2003.
 
King, Stephen A. “Blues Tourism in the Mississippi Delta: The Rhetorical Functions of Blues Festivals.” National Communication Association. New Orleans, Louisiana. November 2002.
 
King, Stephen A. “International Tourism and Host Countries: A Microanalysis of Intercultural Communication Contact and Competence.” National Communication Association. Seattle, Washington. November 2000.
 
King, Stephen A. “Edward Wilmot Blyden: Black Nationalism and the Rhetoric of Contradiction.” National Communication Association. Chicago, Illinois. November 1999.
 
King, Stephen A. “The Rhetoric of Song: Ska and the Roots of the Rastafarian Musical Protest.” Southern States Communication Association. San Antonio, Texas. April 1998.
 
King, Stephen A. “Revisiting Social Movement Theory: Rastafarianism, International Reggae, and the Movement of Jah People.” National Communication Association. Chicago, Illinois. November 1997.
 
King, Stephen A. “International Reggae, Democratic Socialism, and the Legitimization of the Rastafarian Movement.” Speech Communication Association. San Diego, California. November 1996.
 
King, Stephen A. “Blood and Fire: Early ‘Roots’ Reggae Music and the Politicization and Unification of the Rastafarian      Movement.” Speech Communication Association. San Antonio,    Texas. November 1995.
 
King, Stephen A. “The ‘Two-ness’ of Nineteenth Century Emigrationist Rhetoric.” Central States Communication Association.  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. April 1994.         
 
King, Stephen A. “Walter Ong’s World as Event and World as Object: Reflections on African Oral and Written Poetry.”  Speech Communication Association. Chicago, Illinois. November 1992.
 
King, Stephen A. “Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’: The Rhetoric of Reggae and Rastafari.” Speech Communication Association. Atlanta, Georgia. November 1991.    
 
King, Stephen A., and Tessa T. Simpson. “Perspectives on Free Speech: A Case Study of the New Mexico Sanctuary Trial.” Speech Communication Association. San Francisco, California. November 1989.
 
King, Stephen A., and Ben Parker. “William Burroughs: Chaotic Consciousness.” Northwest Communication Association.  Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. April 1988.

Funding & Grants

Completed Professional Grant Writing Workshop (Director: Mathida Harris, Arlington, Virginia), Delta State University, 2008.
 
Bryce Griffis Presidential Endowment Fund, Delta State University, 2007.
 
Kent and Janice Wyatt Faculty Development Fund, Delta State University, 2001-present.
 
Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship, Center for Community and Civic Engagement, Delta State University, 2002.


Honors and Awards:

“Mississippi Voice” Advertising Campaign (University Press of Mississippi), Spring 2013. 
  • One of eight Mississippi scholars selected to participate in UPM’s advertising campaign
Mississippi Humanities Council Teaching Award for 2010-2011, November 2010.
 
William Winter Scholar (Award for Outstanding Humanities Faculty in Mississippi), February 2007.
 
Awarded DSU Foundation Excellence in Research Prize ($5,000), February 2006. 
 
Top Paper Award, Popular Communication Division, Southern States Communication Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2005.
 
Top Paper Award, Intercultural Communication Division, Southern States Communication Association, Tampa, Florida, 2004.
 
Sabbatical Leave, Delta State University, Fall 2004.
 
Research Fellow, University of the West Indies, Summer 1994.                                                                                        


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