Jason Hannan

Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications

Jason Hannan Title: Associate Professor
Office: 3G20
Building: Graham Hall
Phone: 204.786.9453


  • Postdoc, Rhetoric & Public Culture, Northwestern University
  • PhD, Communication, Carleton University
  • MA, Communication, Carleton University
  • B.Sc., Information Systems, Northeastern University


Dr. Jason Hannan is Associate Professor in the Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications at the University of Winnipeg. He completed his PhD in Communication at Carleton University. From 2010-2012, he was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program in Rhetoric and Public Culture at Northwestern University. He was also a Visiting Scholar at Northwestern’s Buffett Institute for Global Affairs. He taught at Northwestern University before joining the University of Winnipeg in 2013.

Dr. Hannan’s articles have appeared in Communication Theory, European Journal of Communication, Contemporary Pragmatism, Review of Communication, Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication, Intellectual History Review, and Journal of Animal Ethics. His article, “Alasdair MacIntyre’s Contribution to Communication Theory,” won the award for Best Article from the Philosophy of Communication Division of the National Communication Association in 2014. His article, “Moral Discourse Without Foundations: Habermas and MacIntyre on Rational Choice” won the same award in 2016.

Dr. Hannan’s current research project is a book-length study on trolling entitled, Trolling Ourselves to Death: Democracy in the Age of Social Media. This project synthesizes Marxism and media ecology to provide a structural understanding of trolling and its corrosive impact upon the public sphere. This book project is under contract with Oxford University Press.


  • RHET-1120 Introduction to Rhetoric & Communications
  • RHET-2135 Rhetorical Criticism
  • RHET-2137 Communication Theory
  • RHET-2142 Rhetoric of Animality
  • RHET-2143 Rhetoric of Medicine
  • RHET-3138 Modern Rhetorical Theory
  • RHET-4401 Rhetoric of the Public Sphere

Research Interests:

  • Media & Communication Theory
  • Philosophy of Communication
  • Democracy and Public Communication
  • Rhetoric and Political Theory
  • Moral Conflict and Disagreement
  • The Culture Wars
  • Social Media and Trolling
  • Posthumanism & Critical Animal Studies
  • Bioethics & Medical Humanities



Hannan, Jason. Trolling Ourselves to Death: Democracy in the Age of Social Media (under contract with Oxford University Press).

Hannan, Jason, Ed. Meatsplaining: The Rhetoric of the Animal Agriculture Industry. Sydney: Sydney University Press. Forthcoming.

Hannan, Jason. Ethics Under Capital: MacIntyre, Communication, and the Culture Wars. London, UK: Bloomsbury, 2020.

Hannan, Jason, Ed. Truth in the Public Sphere. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016.

Hannan, Jason, Ed. Philosophical Profiles in the Theory of Communication. New York, NY: Peter Lang, 2012.