My research combines rhetoric, history, and political theory, political philosophy, and political science to understand the relationship between American democracy and its communication practices. I am the author of Founding Fictions and Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump and the co-editor of The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency.
My scholarship has been published in The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Argumentation & Advocacy, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly.
I am a member of the Editorial Boards of The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Southern Communication Journal, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and the Texas A&M University Press.
I am a 2016 recipient of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, the highest student award given to faculty for teaching at Texas A&M University. My book Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump is a 2021 PROSE Award Winner for Excellence in Government & Politics and a 2020 Foreword Indies Bronze winner for Government & Politics.
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