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Grant Cos

Director for Graduate Programs and Professor
3224 Eastman Hall

Professor Cos teaches a complement of courses that blend empirical, social scientific theory with a humanistic focus. His research interests center on the Aristotelian trilogy of politics, ethics and rhetoric. More specifically, these interests have manifested themselves into the study of mediated speechmaking and political campaigning, "mash-up" online advertisements and politics,  and contemporary instances of dissent during wartime.

InterestsJNC, PKC and SNC.  Guitars.

Positions held

Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication, University of the Pacific - 1995-96
Assistant Professor of Communication, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi - 1996-99
Assistant Professor of Communication, Rochester Institute of Technology - 1999-2005
Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology - 2005-present

Courses offered

  • Human Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Persuasion
  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Critical Research Methodology
  • Political Communication
  • Communication Law & Ethics

Jenkins, K. B., and Cos, Grant C. “A Time for Change and a Candidate’s Voice: Pragmatism and the Rhetoric of Inclusion in Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign.”  American Behavioral Scientist, November, 2010 54: 184-202.

Cos, Grant C. “Political Rhetoric,” In L. L. Kaid (ed.) Encyclopedia of Political Communication. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, 2008.

Cos, Grant C. “Speechwriting.” In M. Starenko (ed.), Reflections on Blended Learning: Rethinking the Classroom. Rochester, NY: Lulu, 2008, pp. 83-84.

Cos, Grant C. “Dissent and the Rhetoric of Reflection; Barbara Lee’s September 14, 2001 Speech.” Rhetor: The Journal for the Canadian Society of Rhetoric, June 2007, Vol. II. Found at

Elahi, Babak, and Cos, Grant C. “An Immigrant’s Dream and the Audacity of Hope: The 2004 Convention Addresses of Barack Obama and Arnold Schwarzenegger.” American Behavioral Scientist, November 2005, Vol. 49 (3), pp. 454-465.