Current Projects

Research Interests

My current research investigates public discourse in contemporary American politics, especially as it relates to authoritarian, demagogic, and extremist rhetoric. I also write about bureaucracy, institutional rhetoric, histories of rhetoric and writing (particularly in higher education), and historiography and archives.

Current Projects

Editor, special issue of Rhetoric Society Quarterly: “Rhetoric and Demagoguery”

This special issue of Rhetoric Society Quarterly collects essays from rhetorical scholars about rhetoric and demagoguery. This issue is due to be published in 2019.

Co-editor (with Lydia Wilkes and Nathan Kreuter), essay collection: Rhetoric and Guns

Rhetoric and Guns explores rhetoric in the contexts of gun violence, legislation, culture, media, history, and education. Guns and gun violence occupy a unique rhetorical space in the 21st century United States, one characterized by silent majorities (such as most gun owners), vocal minorities (such as the firearm industry and lobby), and a stalemate that fails to stem the tide of the dead.

Recent Media Noun. Oakland Company, Master of Trolling Trump et al.,” San Jose Mercury-News, 7/4/2018

SJSU Prof Takes on Trump in ‘Faking the News,’” Silicon Valley Metro, 5/23/2018

Faking the News,” ASU Now, Arizona State University, 5/2018