The Department of Communication Studies
Phone: (646) 312-4453
Location: VC 4285
Michael Kaplan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Baruch College, CUNY. He was born in Kiev, Ukraine, in the former USSR. He earned a B.A. with Honors in English at the University of Chicago and an M.A. and PhD in Communication Studies at Northwestern University.
While in graduate school, Kaplan operated a graphic design studio and consulted on marketing communication projects for dozens of organizations, ranging from Fortune 500 companies and global advertising agencies to non-profits and small businesses. Prior to coming to Baruch College, he taught at IUPUI, Indiana University and Lake Forest College.
Professor Kaplan's research combines rhetorical theory, political philosophy and media criticism to investigate the cultural dimensions of democratic citizenship and public life. He has published a book, Friendship Fictions: The Rhetoric of Citizenship in the Liberal Imaginary (University of Alabama Press, 2010), as well as a series of articles, book reviews and conference papers. His work has appeared in leading journals, including Public Culture, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Cultural Studies, Philosophy & Rhetoric and Culture, Theory & Critique. These publications have engaged such topics as the rhetoric of financial speculation, the politics of film interpretation, the poetics of citizenship in liberal culture, and the paradoxes of language in theories of radical democracy.