Roth, Adam David

Adam David Roth

Director, Harrington School of Communication and Media / Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Associate Professor/ College of Arts & Sciences/ Director/ Harrington School-Wide

Ph.D., Communication Studies, The University of Iowa, 2008
Graduate Certificate, Interdisciplinary Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI), The University of Iowa, 2005
M.A., Communication Studies, The University of Iowa, 2002
B.A., Communication and Rhetoric and Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh, 2001

Curriculum Vitae 


Adam David Roth graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s business dual-degree program with a bachelor’s in Communication and Rhetoric and Business Administration. He pursued his graduate studies at the University of Iowa, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Studies and Rhetoric and a post-graduate certificate in interdisciplinary inquiry. In 2007, Adam was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Rhode Island. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013. In 2014, Adam was appointed interim director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media, a position he held for three years. In 2017, he was selected to become associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and permanent director of the Harrington School. The Harrington School has 1450 students, 62 full-time faculty, and nine administrative and technical support staff, with undergraduate and graduate programs in Communication Studies, Digital Media, Film/Media, Journalism, Library and Information Studies, Public Relations, and Writing & Rhetoric. Through an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and teaching and a passion for experiential learning, the Harrington School is a global leader in communication and media research and education.

As a teacher, Adam delivers a wide range of undergraduate classes, from public speaking, communication fundamentals, and organizational communication skills, to rhetorical theory, advanced rhetorical theory, and the ethics of persuasion, and graduate seminars on the rhetoric of medical discourses. His teaching has earned him several prestigious honors, including the Douglas Ehninger Award for Teaching Excellence and The University of Iowa Outstanding Teaching Award.

Adam’s passion for teaching is motivated, in large part, by his active scholarly agenda. His research investigates the central role that rhetoric and persuasion play in the development of Western medicine—from the rise of the Hippocratics in ancient Greece, to the turf wars fought among various sects of healers in 19th-century United States medical history—and his more recent studies focus on the medicalization of a wide variety of social, cultural, economic, and political phenomena. Dr. Roth’s work is published in peer-reviewed journals and academic books, and is frequently presented at national and international conferences that are devoted to the study of rhetoric, communication, philosophy, and education. Recently, Professor Roth has been invited to present his research in Greece, Cyprus, Russia, and China, and has forthcoming publications and translations of his work in Russian and Greek.