PhD, Political Science, University of Chicago
MA,Social Science, University of Chicago
BA, Political and Social Thought, University of Virginia
I am interested in the ways that political discourse affects the political choices of ordinary citizens, candidates, and mass media as well as the American political landscape as a whole. My work has been particularly focused on ways to conceive of and measure the impact of rhetoric as a legitimate tool in the clockwork of mass democracy, with special interest in persuasive speech as a site of action that has the potential to generate influence and power not only from the top down, but also from the bottom-up. Other research and teaching interests include, but are not limited to critical theory, public opinion, communicative ethics, and social movements.
Political and Civic Action in the US
Communicating American Public(s)
"New Competencies in Democratic Communication? Blogs, agenda setting and political participation" Public Choice (January 2008).
"The Political Efficacy of Black Youth" Black Youth Project, PI: Cathy Cohen, published at http://blackyouthproject.uchicago.edu/ (2006).
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