Celeste Condit serves the department and the university as a Distinguished Research Professor. She is currently expanding her understanding of the possibilities for global politics. She is working to integrate biological and symbolic facets of human being in theories of human experience and human social structures. She has recently studied public understanding of genetics and public communication about genetics, with emphasis in gene-environment interaction and "race." She teaches Science Communication, Communication in Government, and Rhetoric and Society. Topics of recent graduate seminars include introduction to rhetorical theory, pathos, rhetoric of economics, and Burke.
Transilience: The Transilience Project website includes a manuscript describing an orientation to matter, which argues that matter arranged in fundamentally different ways--physical, biological, and symbolic--evinces fundamentally different capacities and properties. This model materialist perspective is then applied to questions of human society.