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Department of English Language and Literature
• PhD, Northwestern University
• MA, Central Michigan University
• BA, Indiana University – Indianapolis
Areas of Specialization
• Political Communication
• Religion and Public Culture
• Rhetorical Criticism
Recently Taught Courses
SPCH 387 Introduction to Rhetoric
SPCH 230 Business and Professional Speaking
SPCH 260 Argumentation and Debate
SPCH 140 Introduction to Public Communication
SCHC 158 Honors Rhetoric
Graduate Dissertation Award in Communication Studies, Northwestern University, Department of Communication, 2011
Current Research Projects
My research brings together work in rhetorical criticism and political theory in order to explore the tensions between religious and secular speech and to illuminate practical questions of judgment and civic engagement. Most recently, I have been focused on the historical emergence of American Christian fundamentalist rhetoric and the political effects of homeland security narratives on American Muslim communities.
• Superchurch: The Rhetoric and Politics of American Fundamentalism (Michigan State University Press, 2015)
• “Figuring Radicalization: Congressional Narratives of Homeland Security and American Muslim Communities,” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 12, no. 1 (2015): 102-20.
• “Countersymbols and the Constitution of Resistance in American Fundamentalism, 1919 – 1922,” Rhetoric and Public Affairs 17, no. 3 (2014): 421-54.
• “Calvin and Hobbes: Trinity, Authority, and Community,” Philosophy and Rhetoric 42, no. 2 (2009), 115-33.