Linda Schifino, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication Department at Carlow University.  Dr. Schifino’s specialty area is communication in the public sphere, and she regularly teaches courses such as Communication and Social Movements and Political Communication.    She has a particular scholarship and teaching interest in examining rhetorical appeals in the struggle for social justice.  

As a result of her interest in social justice, in 2010, Dr. Schifino created a course focusing on the American Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s that encouraged students to examine this historic moment by analyzing the speeches, songs, essays, and mass media coverage that propelled the movement.   During the summers of 2010, 2012, and 2016 Dr Schifino offered the Roots of the Civil Rights Movement course and accompanied Carlow students on a nine- day bus tour through the south to meet the foot soldiers and visit the places that gave birth to the movement.   

Research Interests

Dr. Schifino’s teaching and research interests are in the area of political communication, communication and social movements, and the rhetoric of the civil rights movement.