Award-winning historian of American political rhetoric & rhetorical analyst.
Dr. Jennifer Mercieca is an historian of American political rhetoric. She is Professor in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University and is a Contributing Editor for Zócalo Public Square.
Writing & Public Scholarship
Jennifer writes about American political discourse, especially as it relates to citizenship, democracy, and the presidency. Jennifer has published three books about political rhetoric: Founding Fictions, The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency, and Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump. She is currently writing a book about ubiquitous propaganda and our broken public sphere.
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.
The Secret Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump
These Rhetorical Devices Help Trump Maintain Power January 27, 2020
Comic Hero: Why Donald Trump's Candid Rhetoric Resonates With Supporters. January 19, 2017.
Harsh Words. Violent Acts. Who’s Accountable? October 31, 2018
Trump Speak, October 7, 2020