Communication Studies Professor Receives National Recognition

Bryan McCann wins prestigious National Communication Association’s Karl R. Wallace Memorial award

Bryan McCannBATON ROUGE – LSU Department of Communication Studies Assistant Professor Bryan McCann recently received the National Communication Association’s 2017 Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award. The award is given annually to foster and promote philosophical, historical or critical scholarship in rhetoric and public discourse. McCann was honored for his proposed book project, "The Idea of the Negro: Debating Black Protest Fiction after the Harlem Renaissance."

“Past Wallace Award winners include luminaries in the field of rhetorical studies, several personal role models and mentors, as well as prolific peers,” McCann said. “To be in their company in this regard is humbling and an honor.”

McCann’s work broadly engages the intersection of rhetorical and cultural studies with an emphasis on the racialized and gendered politics of crime and violence in public culture. His teaching and scholarship draw on his involvement with community organizing efforts concerning the prison-industrial complex, organized labor and other social justice issues. His most recent book, "The Mark of Criminality: Rhetoric, Race and Gangsta Rap in the War-on-Crime Era," argues that gangsta rap should be viewed as more than a damaging reinforcement of an era’s worst racial stereotypes.

“The Communication discipline has a long tradition of exceptional scholarship,” said NCA Executive Director Paaige K. Turner. “Bryan McCann’s contributions are noteworthy, and we are proud to honor him with this award.”


About the National Communication Association

The National Communication Association, or NCA, advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry. NCA serves the scholars, teachers and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems.

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