Research & Scholarship

Though my interests and foci range widely, my research program is fundamentally rooted in rhetorical theory. The underlying goal of my dissertation was a fuller understanding of sociopolitical and technosocial agency. I hope to extend the theoretical orientation developed in this work to what is only roughly indicated in “A Gesture Theory of Communication”: the ethical implications and ramifications of the current cultural emphasis on data and information—a phenomenon that has been called ‘algorithmic culture’.  My research and scholarship centers upon the application and extension of rhetorical theories to the investigation of discourse and communication (as interaction) in the contemporary, highly mediated, always connected world, and the ethical implications and obligations of such connection. My wide-ranging interests—across the social and natural sciences, technology studies, and the humanities—provide a rich perspective with a potential that is unobtainable within a more narrow disciplinary purview.



Schandorf & Karatzogianni (forthcoming, 2018). #NODAPL: Distributed rhetorical praxis at Standing Rock. In Alexander & Rhodes (Eds), The Routledge Handbook of Digital Writing & Rhetoric. London: Routledge.

Schandorf & Karatzogianni (2017). Agency in posthuman IR: Solving the problem of technosocially mediated agency. In Cudworth, Hobden & Kavalski (Eds), Agency & the New Postmaterialist Turn in International Relations. London: Routledge.

Schandorf (2016). A gesture theory of communication. [Dissertation] Chicago: University of Illinois Chicago.

Rojecki & Schandorf (2016). Porosity & paradox: Global cities & the illegal immigration debate. In Rojecki, America & the Politics of Insecurity. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins.

Karatzogianni & Schandorf (2016). Surfing the revolutionary wave 2010-2012: A technosocial theory of agency, resistance, and orders of dissent in contemporary social movements. In Ornella (Ed), Making Humans: Religious, Technological & Aesthetic Perspectives, pp. 43-73. Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press.

Schandorf (2013). Mediated gesture: Paralinguistic communication & phatic text. Convergence 19 (3), 319-344.

Schandorf (2012). No hay espacio: significado y corporalización en entornos mediados. In Arias (Ed), Codificar/Decodificar: Prácticas, espacios y temporalidades del audiovisual en internet, pp. 217-246. Bogota: Editorial Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

Schandorf (2009). Romantic ‘ghoststory’: Lingering shades of Shelley in Ulysses. Texas Studies in Language & Literature 51 (4), 416-425.


Selected Conference Papers

Schandorf (2017). Media tooth & claw: Ecologies of post-truth suasion in (total) culture war. Presented 13 November 2017 at Connecting to the Masses – 100 Years Since the Russian Revolution: From Agitprop to the Attention Economy. International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, The Netherlands