Diane Keeling, PhD

Diane Keeling
Phone: (619) 260-6872
Fax: (619) 260-4205
Office: Camino Hall 105C

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

  • Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder, Communication
  • Graduate Certification, University of Colorado Boulder, Women and Gender Studies
  • M.A., Colorado State University, Communication
  • B.A., Ripon College, Speech Communication

Diane Marie Keeling, Ph.D. is a rhetorical scholar who offers skills, theory, and criticism courses. Her teaching emphasizes best practices for democratic participation, while her research exemplifies how interdisciplinary collaboration and scholarship provide stronger solutions than disciplinary silos to imperative problems of the 21st century. Her expertise within rhetoric includes rhetoric’s intellectual history, posthumanist trends in rhetorical theory and criticism, and the rhetoric of media and everyday life.

Scholarly Work

Keeling’s research continues the humanist inspired project of asking, “How ought we to live together?” She addresses this question through interdisciplinary research that puts the humanities and sciences in conversation to highlight disciplinary interactions and opportunities. This work argues that the human’s capacity to act is only possible through our relationships in and with the world. She troubles traditional conceptions of the human and the cultural narrative that has come to surround contemporary understandings of “human nature,” arguing for diverse ways of thinking, acting, and living as citizen-actors. She has been published in Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Review of Communication, and the edited volumes Tracing Rhetoric and Material Life and Border Rhetorics.

Areas of Interest

Keeling’s courses foreground perspective-based communication, which avoids the polarization of issues and emphasizes inquiry into common goals and novel differences. Keeling cultivates democratic participation in her students and their critical evaluation of its practice. Students develop skills in deliberation, rather than debate, through problem-based experiential learning. Students describe Keeling as “engaging” and “enthusiastic,” and her classes as “activity-based” and “community-oriented.” She teaches Rhetorical Theory, Communication Criticism, Gender Communication, Podcasting, Cultural Studies, Public Speaking, and Introduction to Human Communication. In addition to her teaching, Keeling is the faculty producer of USD's Humanities Center and Changemaker Hub podcast There's More and the Integration Coordinator for the Honors Living and Learning Community: Illuminate. She is a member of the National Communication Association, Rhetoric Society of America, Western States Communication Association, and Organization for Research on Women and Communication.