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Dr. Jennifer Mercieca is an historian of American political rhetoric. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University, Director of the Aggie Agora, and Chair of the Public Address Division of the National Communication Association. She has published two books and numerous articles and is a 2016 recipient of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching.

I've written books on the ways that we have thought about the power of average citizens and the way that we image presidents to be heroic. I'm currently writing a book on the 2016 election.


I currently serve as Chair of the Public Address Division of NCA, on the Editorial Boards of The Quarterly Journal of SpeechRhetoric Society Quarterly, and The Southern Communication Journal, and as Director of the Aggie Agora.


How to be a Citizen, not a Partisan:

  • Fact-check. Click here for tips for fact-checking. And read fact-checked  news  sources.
  • Talk to people who are not like you.
  • Attend a meeting, a class, a community event. Learn to trust.
  • Vote, but not as a partisan.                                                       
  • Download my TedX talk presentation here.

I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on rhetoric, social movements, political communication, and citizenship in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University.