My research combines rhetoric, history, and political theory, political philosophy, and political science to understand American political rhetoric. I am the author of Founding Fictions and co-editor of The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency. I have a new book coming out in late spring 2020: Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump. My newest research project is on how ubiquitous propaganda has ruined our public sphere and what we can do about it.
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.
In 2016 I was invited to deliver a TedX Talk: “Be a Citizen, Not a Partisan.” 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.