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Elizabeth WeiserProfessor
244 Warner Center 
Ohio State Newark 
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B.A., Anthropology, University of St. Thomas (1985)
M.A., Education, International and Multicultural Specialization, American University (1989)
M.F.A., Creative Writing/English, Texas State University (1999)
Ph.D., English, Rhetoric and Composition Specialization, Texas Christian University (2004)

Elizabeth Weiser specializes in Burkean rhetorical theory, historiography, and narrative. Her current research project applies these to the national identification engendered in national museums around the world.  She is interested in the ways that cultural manifestations of a national past confront and sustain individual identities as people become a nation, and the ways that stories of the past are used to promote particular future communal visions. 

Weiser's book Museum World: Rhetorical Identities in National Spaces, supported by a grant from the Mershon Center, will be published by Penn State University Press in 2017. It draws from data she gathered from museums in 20 nations, using their case studies to explore rhetorical theories of symbolic identification.  She is also working with European colleagues on the final policy report of the European Union National Museums Project, which will unite research and theory together with specific action proposals for national leaders. 

Weiser's book Burke, War, Words: Rhetoricizing Dramatism (University of South Carolina Press, 2008) analyzed the birth of modern rhetorical theory as a "third way" between war and totalitarianism, and she sees in museums the potential to instantiate the dialogic unity that is difficult to sustain outside of aesthetic spaces.  Her other publications include Engaging Audience: Writing in an Age of New Literacies(National Council of Teachers of English Press, 2009), and Women and Rhetoric between the Wars (Southern Illinois University Press, 2013) as well as a number of articles, several of them award-winning.

She was named best new Burkean scholar in the nation in 2008, an honor awarded every three years, and she has presented on both rhetorical theory and museum studies at conferences around the world.

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OnCampus: BookTalk (2009)

Mershon Project
Who Are We: Global Museums and National Identities (2012-13)