Marnie Ritchie

Assistant Professor of Communication

Marnie Ritchie
  • Professional
  • Biography


  • Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Texas, 2018
  • M.A., Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Syracuse University, 2013
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of Vermont, 2011

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • Critical/Cultural Studies
  • Affect Theory
  • Media Studies


Dr. Marnie Ritchie found the study of communication through collegiate debate at the University of Vermont, where she earned a B.A. in Philosophy in 2011. She then went on to earn a Master’s in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University in 2013 and a Doctorate in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. She is excited to join the Department of Communication and Pacific Lutheran University.

Her scholarship and pedagogy question how US (non)citizens become rhetorically governable during war, particularly how the manipulation of affect creates the conditions for acquiescence. Her work has been published in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Journal of Multicultural Discourses, and Capacious: A Journal of Emerging Affect Inquiry. She is passionate about incorporating critique, surveillance literacy, and new media into her courses.

You can read more about her research and teaching at