Public Scholarship

Although rhetoric and citizenship have always informed one another, in the last century, rhetoricians have often written for more traditional academic audiences. There are good reasons for this, but I am increasingly interested in the important of rhetoric’s connections to citizenship beyond the academy. And I am increasingly committed to connecting my scholarly work to more public needs and interests. In my case, this includes writing for public audiences (such as the pieces linked below), engaging in public advocacy and social justice work, and popularizing research based ideas. My goal, ultimately, is to facilitate productive connections between rhetoric and the citizens it is supposed to serve.

In progress: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump

Interview with Joel Heng Hartse for the Language U podcast. “Episode 4 – Conceding Composition with Ryan Skinnell.” Feb. 24, 2017.

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