Dr. Ian Hill

Ian Hill (English) researches rhetoric and technology – the ways people advocate, resist, appropriate, and otherwise argue and debate machines and systems. Current projects include a book on the historical development of weapons rhetoric from the late 18th century through the Unabomber’s bombing campaign and articles about the rhetorical aspects of bar codes and interrogation methods. He teaches courses in the history and theory of rhetoric and public discourse.

  • “Not Quite Bleeding from the Ears: Amplifying Sonic Torture.” Western Journal of Communication 76.3 (May 2012)
  • “The Human Barnyard” and Kenneth Burke’s Philosophy of Technology. Kenneth Burke Journal 5.2 (Spring 2009)
  • “Burke, Mumford, and the Poetics of Technology,” with Ned O’Gorman, forthcoming in Burke in the Archives (University of South Carolina Press)


Ian Hill, Department of English
Assistant Professor (B.A. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, M.A., University of Georgia, Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Office: Buchanan Tower 524
Telephone: 604.822.4091
Email: ianhill@mail.ubc.ca
Website: http://ianejhillrhetoric.wordpress.com/