PhD, Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley, 1998
My approach to the history and theory of rhetoric is essentially interdisciplinary, which seems to me inevitable considering the subject matter. Rhetoric is, after all, an architectonic that has quietly helped structure modern disciplines from politics and psychology to the study of literature. Therefore to study these disciplines in early modernity or even today is to engage, often unwittingly, the rhetorical tradition. As a historian and theorist of rhetoric, then, my job is to show through scholarship and teaching how productive this engagement can be when it is made explicit. In doing this work my goal is to revise the boundaries of what we consider “rhetoric” in the national context, which is defined primarily within the disciplines of communication studies and composition studies. At the same time I like to promote the presence of rhetoric in neighbor disciplines, including education, history, psychology, anthropology, politics, philosophy, and the study of literature. My work on Emotion Studies also runs through the history and theory of rhetoric where we find a traditional relationship between the rhetoric of passions, and the rhetoric of figures and tropes.
MA, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski
Iveta started her administrative career at the University of California, Irvine in 2000. She graduated from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in Bulgaria with a MA in Italian Language and Literature. She also attended courses at the University of Perugia, Italy. Her interests involve philological studies, linguistics, translations, and poetry.