Upcoming Public Talk

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Hi DC area friends! I’m giving a public lecture alongside my CARP Lab colleagues on Friday, April 13, at 4:30pm about character assassination in US politics. The talk is being hosted by the Institute of World Politics in Dupont Circle. Register to attend this free event here.


Sharing Important Work and Words


A DC winter. Photo by author.

Happy New Year! One of my resolutions for 2018 is to communicate more thoughtfully and intentionally with those around me. (Yes, something that even this communication professor needs to work on!)

And thoughtful communication is also something that is deeply needed in politics today. In my opinion one of the most dangerous parts of our political system is the inability for people to thoughtfully engage with those with whom they disagree and work toward building meaningful solutions to problems that face us all.

To that end, I write to share a new (WordPress!) website started by one of my former employers. He’s started “The Lone Liberal Republican,” a website that shares the history and advocacy of liberal republicanism. He believes that we need more options in our divided political environment. He sees the solution in liberal republicanism. Unsure of what that means? Check out the blog and Twitter to learn more. See especially a book-length compendium of reasons for supporting liberal republicanism and its comparison to other, more familiar political ideas.

Read. Think. Engage. Be Kind. My mantras for 2018.

CARP Lab Online Press Conference

Join Character Assassination and Reputation Politics Lab (CARP lab) founders and moderator Richard Sheehe at 1:00 EST (London: 5:00 PM; Amsterdam: 6:00 PM; Moscow: 8:00 PM) on 10 November for our first livestreamed press conference!

To join the press conference, head to Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvFZrAtl88c&feature=youtu.be

Katya Beisel is the Event Project Director

Subject matter experts and scholars of the intersection of politics, media, history and rhetoric will take questions from academics, professional practitioners and journalists in a moderated panel discussion.

Use the Live Chat function to pose questions to our expert panel. To learn more about CARP and our latest research initiatives, check out our twitter (@CARP_lab) and new website and blog https://carplab.wordpress.com/blog/

Public Memory, Glamour, and First Ladies


Michelle Obama with her inaugural gown.

My latest article, which explores the role of glamour in how we remember our first ladies, is now available in Women’s Studies in Communication, volume 40, issue 3. I have free PDFs available, so drop me a line if you’d like me to email you one. It would be a great addition to a course in rhetoric and public memory or even a course in feminist rhetorical theory. It’s also accessible for undergraduates.