Dr. Mari Lee Mifsud

Professor of Rhetoric
Program Coordinator, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Mifsud, Mari Lee. July 2015. Rhetoric and the Gift: Ancient Rhetorical Theory and Contemporary Communication. Philosophy & Communication Series. Duquesne University Press.

Sutton, Jane, and Mari Lee Mifsud. April 2015. A Revolution of Tropes: Alloiostrophic Rhetoric. Baltimore: Lexington Scholars Books.


Sutton, Jane and Mari Lee Mifsud. 2012. “Towards an Alloiostrophic Rhetoric.” Advances in the History of Rhetoric. 15.2: 222-232.

Mifsud, Mari Lee.  2007.   “On Rhetoric as Gift/Giving.”  Philosophy and Rhetoric. 40.1: 89-107.

Mifsud, Mari Lee, Jane S. Sutton, and Lindsey Fox. 2005. "Configurations:  Encountering Ancient Athenian Spaces of Rhetoric, Democracy, and Woman." Journal for International Women's Studies.  7:2, 36-52.

Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2004.  "Oh Popoi! Henry Johnstone, Homer, and the History of Rhetoric." Communication Annual:  Journal of the Pennsylvania Communication Association.  Vol.  60, 73-90.

Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2003.  "The Figure of Homer in the Rhetorical Structure of Vico's Pedagogy."  New Vico Studies. 20, 37-44.

Sutton, Jane and Mari Lee Mifsud. 2002.  "Figuring Rhetoric:  From Antistrophe to Apostrophe through Catastrophe."  Rhetoric Society Quarterly. 32.4, 29-49.

Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2001.  "Revision and Immortality in Philosophical Argumentation: Reconsidering the Rhetorical Wedge."  Informal Logic. 21.1, 51-60.

Mifsud, Mari Lee and Scott Johnson. 2000.  "Dialogic, Dialectic, and Rhetoric:  Exploring Human Dialogue Across the Discipline."  Southern Communication Journal.   65.2-3, 91-104

Mifsud, Mari Lee. 1998. "On the Idea of Reflexive Rhetoric in Homer.” Philosophy and Rhetoric.  35.1:  41-54.

Johnstone, Henry W. and Mari Lee Mifsud. 1999. "Wedge and Bridge:  A Note on the Rhetoric of Distinction and Identification."  Rhetoric Society Quarterly.  29.2:  75-78.


In Progress: Mifsud, Mari Lee. “On Net-work in Ancient Greek Myth and Rhetoric.” In Ancient Rhetorics and Digital Networks. Eds. Michele Kennerly and Damien Pfister.

Sutton, Jane and Mari Lee Mifsud. 2015. “Introduction: A Revolution in Tropes,” in A Revolution in Tropes, xi-xxvii.

Sutton, Jane and Mari Lee Mifsud. 2015. “Figuring In/Out Rhetoric: From Antistrophe to Alloiostrophe,” In A Revolution of Tropes, 1-18.

Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2015. “Beyond Syntax and Cities at War: Doing Rhetoric’s History and Theory Alloiostrophically,” in A Revolution in Tropes, 65-82.

Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2014. “On Being a Simple Judge: Exploring Rhetorical Citizenship in Aristotelian and Homeric Rhetorics,” in Rhetorical Citizenship, eds. Lisa Villadsen and Christian Kock. Leiden University Press, 223-238.

Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2009.  "Storytelling as Soul-Tuning: The Ancient Rhetoric of Valmiki's Ramayana."  In Ancient Non-Greek Rhetorics.  Eds. Roberta Binkley and Carol Lipson.  Lauer Series in Rhetoric and Composition.  Eds. Patricia Sullivan and Catherine Hobbs.  Purdue:  Parlor Press,  223-239.

Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2002.  "Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Eros In the Coming of Self-Knowledge."  In Greek Philosophy of Communication.  Ed. Konstantine Boudouris and John Poulakos.  International Center for Greek Philosophy and Culture.  Athens: Ionia Publications.  107-116.


Mifsud, Mari Lee. 2015. “Review: Michelle Ballif, Writing Histories of Rhetorical Theory," Rhetoric and Public Affairs 18.2:  398-401.


Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

M.A., Colorado State University

B.A., Thiel College

Contact Information

402-J Weinstein Hall
(804) 287-6513

Areas of Expertise

Rhetorical Theory
Histories and historiographies of rhetoric; Histories and historiographies of ideas
Ancient Greek Rhetorical Theory, Texts, and Culture
Interdisciplinary Studies: rhetoric and writing, philosophy, political theory, women's studies, classics, culture/al studies, science/technology, humanistic inquiry