Historian of American political rhetoric & rhetorical analyst.
Expert on Trump's demagoguery.
Writing & Public Scholarship
Jennifer 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 and The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency. Her third book Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump will be out in June 2020.
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: What rhetoric means in the outrage media entertainment complex. 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
American Demagogue, April 27, 2020