The Catholic University of America

Stephen McKenna, Ph.D.

IPR Fellow
Email: mckennas[at]
Phone: (202) 238-2015
Department: Department of Media Studies

Dr. Stephen McKenna (Ph.D. The Catholic University of America, 1996) is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Media Studies at The Catholic University of America.

Dr. McKenna's research interests include: the history and theory of rhetoric; 18th-century English and Scottish aesthetics and ethics; semiotics; visual rhetoric; and the rhetoric of propaganda and advertising. Among his publications are Adam Smith: The Rhetoric of Propriety (SUNY, 2005), and World's Greatest Speeches, 4th ed. (Dover, 1999). Dr. McKenna has also published articles on topics such as Adam Smith, the rhetoric of advertising, and the U.S. presidential rhetoric.