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We Learned Plenty These Four Years. The Lessons Apply Going Forward.” The Fulcrum, 23 Nov. 2020.

Losing Big Might be Trump’s Best Campaign Strategy.” The Hill Reporter, 26 Oct. 2020.

‘Defund the Police’: A Simple Slogan for a Complex Problem.” The Fair Observer, 9 Oct. 2020.

Good Democracy Requires Disagreement, Conflict, and Argument.” The Fulcrum, 7 Oct. 2020.

Reprinted in Bangor Daily News, The Daily Item (PA), The Daily Jeffersonian, The Daily World (WA), Hartford Courant, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Virgin Islands Daily News, and Yakima Herald-Republic

Trump’s Health and the Threat of Political Amnesia.” The Hill Reporter, 18 Sept. 2020.

Checking Facts is the Wrong Way to Understand Political Persuasion.” The Hill, 1 Sept. 2020.

US Riots: Inevitable Reaction to Centuries of Oppression and Injustice.” The Globe Post, 15 Jun. 2020.

The Rhetoric of ‘Outside Agitators’ Has a Troubling Past We Can’t Ignore.” Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 2 Dec. 2018.

Why is Trump Covering Up Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder?Daily Doublespeak, 23 Oct. 2018.

The Rhetoric of Trump’s Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy.” Citizen Critics, 23 Oct. 2018.

Is Brett Kavanaugh a ‘Good Man’? Does It Matter?Daily Doublespeak, 25 Sept. 2018.

Why Donald Trump’s Promises of Disaster Might be Part of His Appeal.” Ten Miles Square. The Washington Monthly. 31 Mar. 2016.

Essays, Chats, & Blogs

Shitposting for Fun and Profit: Memes, Rhetoric, and Russian Trolls.” Arc Digital, 7 Oct. 2020.

An Open & Honest Liar.”, Sept. 2020.

You Might Think It’s Okay, But I Don’t: Tracing Symploce in Democrats’ Response to the Mueller Report.” Citizen Critics, 29 Mar. 2019.

Citizen Critics Live: State of the Union.” with Atilla Hallsby, Mark Hlavacik, Jessica Kurr, Rita Shah, Michael J. Steudeman, & Emily Winderman. Citizen Critics, 5 Feb. 2019.

All Together Now: Consubstantiality in the Controversy around a Native Elder and a #MAGA Hat-Clad Teen in D.C.Citizen Critics, 5 Feb. 2019.

Effectiveness, Backlash, and Collateral Damage in #MeToo’s Media Campaign.” Media Ethics 30.1, 11. Dec. 2018.

Critics Chat: Democratic Identity and the 2018 Midterms.” with Heather Ashley Hayes, Mark Hlavacik, Rita Shah, & Michael J. Steudeman. Citizen Critics, 5 Nov. 2018.

What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump.” The Academic Minute. AAC&U & WAMC Northeast Public Radio. 23 May 2018.

Donald Trump and the Rhetoric of Honest Lying.” Citizen Critics, 01 May 2018.

Making Spaces for Diverse Writing Practice” with Cindy Baer. Literacy & NCTE: The Official Blog of the National Council of Teachers of English. NCTE. 17 Dec. 2016.

The Timeless Wisdom of a Plagiarized Convention Speech.” The University Press of Colorado Blog. University Press of Colorado. 25 Oct. 2016.

Why It Is Worth Reconsidering the Common Sense about Bureaucracy.” The University Press of Colorado Blog. University Press of Colorado. 08 Jun. 2016.

Why Studying Writing Matters.” International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities. National University of Modern Languages-Islamabad, via video. Oct. 2015.


La Eterna y Pertinaz Demagogia.” Etcétera, 10/17/2020

“¿Por Qué AMLO (Todavía) Puede Decir Lo Que Quiera Sin Pagar el Costo?,” Letras Libras, 9/20/2018 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

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