Gerard A. Hauser, College Professor of Distinction, specializes in rhetorical theory and criticism. His research focuses on rhetorical theory, dissident rhetoric, and the interaction between formal and vernacular rhetorics as they shape and are shaped by public spheres. His theoretical and critical work includes theorizing the rhetorical formation of publics and civil society as constitutive of rhetorical democracy, rhetorical analysis using the reticulate model of public spheres, and study of vernacular rhetoric. Currently he is investigating the moral vernacular rhetorics of political prisoners. This project focuses on the rhetorical mechanisms of resistance used by political prisoners. It traces their culturally based moral vernaculars of ordinary virtues and vices. He is an NCA Distinguished Scholar and an RSA Fellow. He is recipient of RSA’s George E. Yoos Distinguished Service Award. He has received RSA's Kneupper Award for best article (1999), and the NCA Public Address Division's 2000 Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award for best critical book (1999). He is Editor of Philosophy and Rhetoric. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State University. Among the doctoral dissertations he has directed, three have received NCA's Gerald R. Miller Award. He received his B.A. in English from Canisius College (1965) and his M.A. (1966) and Ph.D. (1970) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.