How to be a Citizen, not a Partisan:
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.
Treat one another as citizens first and partisans second.
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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 studies 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). She is working on a third book about Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and demagoguery. She has written about Trump’s rhetoric for USA Today, The Huffington Post, Washington Post, and other major media outlets. She has also been interviewed about Trump’s rhetoric by the BBC World News, NPR's All Things Considered, The New York Times, Australia's ABC Radio, Slate, and many other outlets throughout the United States and Worldwide. Her articles about rhetoric, Trump, and the 2016 election were read over 250,000 times during the election. Jennifer has over 2,000 Twitter followers, her scholarship has been viewed more than 15,000 times on Academia.com, and her 2016 TedX Talk, “Be a Citizen, Not a Partisan,” has been viewed on YouTube more than 1,600 times.
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.
I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on rhetoric, social movements, political communication, and citizenship in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University.
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.