Patrick Sawyer, Ph.D.

Patrick Sawyer, Ph.D.

103B Curry Building

Specializations: Public Speaking, Relational Communication, Workplace Communication, Public Relations, Media Studies


  • Ph.D. Educational Studies and Cultural Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • M.A. Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • B.A. Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Scholarly Interests:

Higher Education, Critical Pedagogy, Cultural Studies, White Power Critique and Challenge, Critical Analysis of Film and TV, Public Relations, Workplace Democracy

Primary Courses Taught:

  • CST 105 Introduction to Communication Studies
  • CST 207 Relational Communication
  • CST 300 Communication Theory
  • CST 308 Organizational Communication
  • CST 341 Communication and Workplace Relationships
  • CST 342 Communication and Public Relations

Selected Research:

Sawyer, P. (2021). A philosophical and epistemological foundation for social justice pedagogy via the work of Hannah Arendt, Emmanuel Levinas, and Pierre Bourdieu. Paper presented at The European Conference on Education (ECE) 2021. University College London, London, United Kingdom.

Cruz, G. & Sawyer, P. (2021). A safe space for the white race: An interrogation of white nationalist propaganda on college campuses. In S. Jovanovic (Ed.), Expression in contested public spaces: Free speech and civic engagement. (pp. 243-262). Lexington Books.

Sawyer, P. (2020). Fatal attraction: A critical analysis of the toxic love affair of the university and neoliberalism. Philosophy, Theory, and Foundations in Education, 2(1),19-27.

Sawyer, P. (2019). Higher Education and neoliberalism: Co-optation, resistance, and the contested space of our colleges and universities. Paper presented at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS) Conference 2019. McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada.

Sawyer, P. (2017). Adamantium immigrants: Close readings of Marvel’s film, Logan: Immigration, identity, and the valorization of white positionality. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association (NCA) Conference 2017: Our Legacy, Our Relevance, Critical Cultural Division, Dallas, TX.

Sawyer, P. (2016). The nexus of intellectual emancipation and politics and the implications for teaching and schooling: A consideration of two important works of Jacques Ranciere. South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society Annual Publication: Experiencing School, 1(7), 99-113.

Sawyer, P. & Hollingsworth, S.E. (2016). The inherited foundations of Fear the Walking Dead: The continuing themes of the zombie narrative. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) Conference 2016: Foundation, Grand Rapids, MI.

Sawyer, P. (2014). What is education for? One hope, four goals. South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society Annual Publication: Revitalizing Education, 1(3), 27-40.