Elizabeth Thorpe, Ph.D

Associate Professor
(585) 395-5768
Office: Holmes Hall 233


Elizabeth Thorpe is a native Texan, though you probably wouldn’t be able to tell by simply talking to her. She has her B.A. from Baylor University and her M.A. from Texas A&M University, both in English, and her PhD in Communication (Rhetoric and Public Affairs) also from Texas A&M University. She is interested in constitutive rhetoric (specifically, the construction of national identity), legal rhetoric, and free speech. Her true passion, however, is teaching. At Brockport she has taught classes in protest and social change, argumentation and debate, propaganda, political rhetoric, freedom of expression, and rhetorical theory.


  • PhD CommunicationTexas A&M University
  • M.A. English Texas A&M University
  • B.A. English Baylor University

Areas of Specialty

  • SUNY Brockport Visiting Assistant Professor (Fall 2010 - Spring 2012)
  • Texas A&M Communication department, Instructor (2005-2010)
  • Texas A&M English department, Instructor (2004-2005)
  • Texas A&M Grader/TA, Film studies, 2003-2004
  • Baylor University, Grader/Middle English Transcriber, 1998-2001
  • Rhetorical Society of American, 2008-2009
  • Popular Culture Association, 2007-2008
  • National Communication Association, 2006-2007
  • Speaking for Technical Professions
  • Organizational Communication Seminar
  • American Oratory
  • Argumentation and Debate
  • Communication and Popular Culture
  • Introduction to Speech
  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Protest and Public Opinion
  • Political Rhetoric