She has written about rhetoric and politics for The Conversation, Zocalo, USA Today,  The Huffington Post, Washington Post, and other major media outlets. Her articles about rhetoric, Trump, and the 2016 election were read over 250,000 times during the election. 


Dr. Jennifer Mercieca is an historian of American political rhetoric. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University, Founding Director of the Aggie Agora, founding editor of Citizen Critics, creator of the #teamrhetoric hashtag on Twitter, and is a Contributing Editor for Zócalo Public Square.

She writes about American political discourse, especially as it relates to citizenship, democracy, and the presidency. Jennifer has published two books about political rhetoric: Founding Fictions (University of Alabama Press, 2010) and The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency (Texas A&M University Press, 2014). Her third book about Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and demagoguery should be out in February 2020. 

In 2016 she was invited to deliver a TedX Talk: “Be a Citizen, Not a Partisan.”  She is a 2016 recipient of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, the highest award given to faculty for teaching at Texas A&M University.

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She has been interviewed about rhetoric and politics by the BBC World News, NPR's All Things Considered, NPR's 1A, Diane Rehm, The New York Times, CNN, The Guardian, Vice News, Australia's ABC Radio, Slate, USA Today, and many other outlets throughout the United States and Worldwide. 

"Mercieca is probably the leading authority on Trump’s rhetoric."

    --Jonathan Tilove, Austin-American Statesman