Dr. Charles Goehring


Office: 222 COM

Dr. Goehring is Assistant Professor of Communication at SDSU. He earned his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa in 2008, his M.A. in Communication from San Diego State University in 2003, and his B.A. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego in 1993. He joined the School of Communication as a lecturer in 2007 and began as an assistant professor in 2014. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses. His research areas include rhetorical theory and criticism, visual rhetoric, social movements, and feminist criticism.


  1. Comm 350: Investigating Communication
  2. Comm 441: Critical/Cultural Methods
  3. Comm 452: Gender & Interaction
  4. Comm 740: Seminar in Rhetorical Theory
  5. Comm 755: Seminar in Public Address – Visual Rhetoric

Key Publications:

  1. Goehring, C., & Dionisopoulos, G. N. (2013). Identification by antithesis: The Turner Diaries as constitutive rhetoric. Southern Communication Journal, 78(5), 369-386.
  2. Lowrey, L., Renegar, V. R., & Goehring, C. E. (2014). “When God gives you AIDS … Make lemon-AIDS”: Ironic persona and perspective by incongruity in Sarah Silverman’s Jesus is Magic. Western Journal Of Communication, 78(1), 58-77.
  3. Renegar, V. R., & Goehring, C. E. (2013). In (further) defense of irony:  A response to Weber. JAC: Rhetoric, Writing, Culture, Politics, 33(1-2), 315-324.


  1. Top Paper for the Organization for Research on Women and Communication at the Western States Communication Association Annual Convention. February 2014. Anaheim, CA.: Puhl, L., Goehring, C., & Renegar, V. “Transferring Visual Ideographs of Abuse: A Critical Examination of Representations of <Domestic Violence>”
  2. Top Paper for the Visual Communication Division at the National Communication Association annual convention. November 2010. San Francisco, CA.:“Bridging Rhetoric and Aesthetics: The Abu Ghraib Photographs as a Moral Lesson.”
  3. Outstanding Faculty Award, School of Communication (2016) in recognition as the most influential university professor in the academic career of Jenna Wells, San Diego State University, May, 2016.