Tommy Bruhn

Tommy Bruhn

Tenure Track Assistant Professor

Primary fields of research

My main research area is the way relationships and communities are rhetorically constituted, managed, and negotiated in everyday interactions. I am particularly interested in issues of pluralism and conviviality, namely, how differences plays in to the rhetorical milieu of peoples' everyday lives. I have taken a particular interest in these subjects:

  • How to account for pluralism in rhetorical theory and criticism.
  • Rhetorical ambiguity in political leadership
  • Community formation in popular & online culture
  • Humor and satire

Current research

I am currently working on:

  • Internordic rhetorical relationships online
  • Perceived polarization in Swedish media discourse
  • Joking vernacular rhetoric on the Swedish NATO application process


I am currently teaching Rhetorical Theory and Analysis and Rhetorical Writing, Language and Style , as well as the MA thesis seminar.

I have previously taught courses on practical rhetoric, rhetorical criticism, debate culture and public rhetoric, Public Relations communication, and death studies.

I have supervised at the BA-, MA- and Ph.D level, among other things on these subjects:

  • Populism
  • Digital humanities methodology
  • Digital political campaigning
  • Public health communication
  • Online local community vernacular rhetoric
  • Televised election debate

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Orchestrating Difference: The Address of Composite Audiences as Pluralist Rhetoric

    Bruhn, Tommy, 2022, In: Philosophy and Rhetoric. 55, 2, p. 177-201 24 p.

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  2. Serious Grappling with Satire: Rhetorical Genre Affordances and Invitations to Participation in Public Controversy

    Bruhn, Tommy & Doona, J., 26 Oct 2021, In: Javnost.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Den anklagade tittaren: Strategiskt publiktilltal i satiriska anklagelser

    Bruhn, Tommy & Doona, J., 1 Sep 2021, In: Rhetorica Scandinavica.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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