Diane Keeling, PhD

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

Associate 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 of democratic participation and her research exemplifies how interdisciplinary collaborations provide stronger solutions to 21st century problems. Her interests include rhetoric’s intellectual history, interdisciplinary feminism, and rhetoric of science.

Scholarly Work

Keeling’s research emphasizes interdisciplinary relationships, particularly between the humanities and sciences. She collaborates and co-authors with evolutionary biologists, marine ecologists, chemists and physicists to invigorate philosophical orientations of rhetorical theory. Across her work, she argues for situational understandings of communication and relationally crafted rhetorical action.

Her research is published in Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, POROI: Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Review of Communication, Communication and the Public, eLife, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication and the edited volumes Tracing Rhetoric and Material Life and Border Rhetorics. She has book reviews in Philosophy and Rhetoric, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Rhetoric Review.

Keeling is currently writing a book about the rhetorical emergence of the liberal arts.

Areas of Interest

Keeling teaches Rhetorical Theory, Communication Criticism, Podcast Storytelling, Gender Communication, Cultural Studies, Public Speaking, and Introduction to Human Communication. Her courses foreground perspective-based communication that avoids the polarization of issues and emphasizes inquiry into common goals and novel differences. She cultivates democratic participation in her students and their critical evaluation of its practice. Students develop skills in deliberation through problem-based experiential learning. They describe Keeling as “engaging” and “enthusiastic,” and her classes as “activity-based” and “community-oriented.”

Keeling is the president of the Organization for Research on Women and Communication (orwac.org) and the faculty producer of USD's podcast There's More, a collaboration between the Humanities Center, Changemaker Hub, and College of Arts & Sciences (theresmore.sandiego.edu). 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.

Office Hours

Section 90R
1/25 - 5/10 M 1:30 pm - 4:30 pmTBD - TBD
1/25 - 5/13 TH 10:00 am - 12:00 pmTBD - TBD