James "Jim" Cherney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Basic Course Director
James Cherney


James L. Cherney (Ph.D. Indiana University, 2003) is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. His primary area of research is the rhetoric of ableism, particularly as it operates around sport and visibility. He has published articles in such outlets as the Western Journal of Communication, Disability Studies Quarterly, and Argumentation and Advocacy. He frequently co-authors work on disability and sport with Kurt Lindemann of San Diego State University and he has been highly active in the Disability Issues Caucus in the National Communication Association (NCA). His book Ableist Rhetoric: How We Know, Value, and See Disability, will be published by Penn State University Press in 2019.

Research interests

  • Rhetoric
  • Ableism
  • Disability studies
  • Critical theory
  • Visual rhetoric
  • Disability sport
  • Cyborg theory

Recent publications

  • James L Cherney. Ableist Rhetoric: How We Know, Value, and See Disability. Penn State University Press, 2019.
  • James L. Cherney and Kurt Lindemann. “Ableism and Paralympic Politics: Media Stereotypes and the Rhetoric of Disability Sport.” In Sport, Rhetoric, and Political Struggle. Ed. Daniel Grano and Michael Butterworth. New York: Peter Lang, 2019. 143-57.
  • James L. Cherney, Kurt Lindemann, and Marie Hardin. “Research in Communication, Disability, and Sport.” Communication & Sport 3 (2015): 8-26. doi: 10.1177/2167479513514847.

Courses taught

  • COM101: Oral Communication

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., communication and culture, Indiana University, 2003
  • M.A., speech communication, Indiana University, 1995
  • B.A., speech and political science/history, Butler University, 1990