Lanigan, Richard L.

Lanigan, Richard L., B.A. (Majors: Communicology and Philosophy, University of New Mexico, USA 1967), M.A. (Major: Communicology; Minor, Philosophy, UNM 1968), Ph.D. (Major: Communicology; Minor: Philosophy, School of Communication, Southern Illinois University, USA 1969). Languages: English, French, Spanish. He was granted the Ph.D. at age 25, appointed Full Professor at age 35. Currently he is University Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Communicology (Emeritus) at Southern Illinois University, USA where he completed forty years of university teaching and research. As a member of the Graduate School at SIU, he directed 35 Ph.D. dissertations and served (abroad and in the USA) as an external examiner for an additional 64 doctoral dissertations. In 2000 he became founding director, International Communicology Institute at SIU, an internet research group (, now located in suburban Washington, DC, USA. He is a past Vice President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, but continues to serve on the IASS Executive Committee representing the USA. At the request of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs, he served as a Senior Fulbright Fellow (P.R. China 1996, Cross-Cultural Communication) at Sichuan Union University in Chengdu City. Recently, he was again recruited as a Senior Fulbright Program Specialist (Canada 2007, Intercultural Communication) at Brock University to assist the Vice President for Research and International Affairs. He is an elected Fellow of the International Academy for Intercultural Research. He is a past President of the Semiotic Society of America and past Editor (10 years) of The American Journal of Semiotics. He was appointed Guest Editor and contributed to Semiotica (Vol. 41: “Semiotics and Phenomenology”, 1982). He is an elected member of the American Philosophical Association. He was the founding Chair of the Philosophy of Communication Division (#10) of the In- ternational Communication Association (at the First World Congress on Communication Science, Berlin, Germany, 1977; re-elected Chair in 1978, 1979, 1980).

His academic awards include: Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Scholar Award 1999, National Communication Association (USA) Spotlight on Scholarship Award 1995, Delta Award for Scholarship, Southern Illinois University 1988. His published books include: Speaking and Semiology (Mouton 1972; 2nd ed. 1991); Speech Act Phenomenology (Martinus Nijhoff 1977); Semiotic Phenomenology of Rhetoric (University Press of America 1984); Phenomenology of Communication (Duquesne University Press 1988); The Human Science of Communicology (Duquesne University Press 1992). He also has authored 40 book chapters, 35 print and 22 electronic journal articles, and has presented 124 invited public lectures in some 25 countries. His full curriculum vitae is available online:


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