Peter Odell Campbell


Assistant Professor
CL 517-K


Peter Odell Campbell (he/his) is an Assistant Professor of English, and affiliate faculty in the Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies and Cultural Studies Programs and the European Studies Center. Campbell teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in our Public & Professional Writing major and Program in Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy, & Rhetoric, and supervises graduate research in Composition, and the Literature Program Race, Poetics, & Empire and Media & Material Practices focal areas.


Before arriving at Pitt, Campbell held a postdoctoral teaching fellowship in Communication at Northeastern University; he received his doctorate in Speech Communication (minor in Gender and Women’s Studies) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. Campbell’s research and teaching interests encompass judicial rhetoric and public address, professional and technical writing, queer and queer of color rhetoric, critical race rhetoric, public persuasion, and media studies. He specializes in contemporary judicial arguments about legal personhood.


Campbell’s monograph “Rhetoric and Radical Politics: Sexuality, Race, and the Fourteenth Amendment” is under advance contract and in revision at the University of Alabama Press (series in Rhetoric, Law, & the Humanities). His writing and public communication appears in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, WSQ: Solidarity, QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, Monster Culture in the 21st Century, Transgender Communication Studies, Vox, the Chicago Tribune and Champaign, Illinois News-Gazette, and the Rhetorical Questions Podcast.    


Campbell teaches courses in public and professional writing, public argument, and rhetorical criticism and theory. Campbell is past Chair of the Communication & Law Division of the National Communication Association and a member of the editorial board for Argumentation & Advocacy. In 2015, he co-directed the National Conference on Higher Education in Prison. You can read more at Campbell’s Google Scholar profile and personal website.