Dr. Paul J. Achter is associate professor and chair of the rhetoric and communication studies department at the University of Richmond. Dr. Achter studies rhetoric and its connections to television and American political culture, as well as racism, war, and terrorism.

Dr. Ira Allen is an assistant professor of rhetoric, writing, & digital media studies at Northern Arizona University, where he studies and writes about rhetoric, religion, and politics. His book about political rhetoric, freedom, and ethics—The Ethical Fantasy of Rhetorical Theory—is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Dr. Collin Gifford Brooke is an associate professor of rhetoric and writing at Syracuse University. Dr. Brooke is author of the award-winning Lingua Fracta: Towards a Rhetoric of New Media (Hampton Press, 2009) and editor of the forthcoming Rhetoric, Writing, and Circulation (Utah State University Press, 2018).

Dr. Joshua Gunn is an associate professor of rhetoric and communication studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of over 70 essays and book chapters on rhetoric, media, and cultural studies, as well as Modern Occult Rhetoric: Mass Media and the Drama of Secrecy in the Twentieth Century (University of Alabama Press, 2005) and Speech Craft: Public Speaking in the 21st Century (Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2017).

Dr. Davis W. Houck is the Fannie Lou Hamer Endowed Professor of Rhetorical Studies at Florida State University. Dr. Houck is a leading scholar of Presidential and Civil Rights rhetoric and the author/editor of 12 books including the critically acclaimed, two-volume compilation of Civil Rights documents, Rhetoric, Religion, and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965 (Baylor University Press, 2006, 2014).

Dr. Jennifer R. Mercieca is an associate professor of rhetoric at Texas A&M University. She has published two books, Founding Fictions (University of Alabama Press, 2010) and The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency (Texas A&M University Press, 2014), and she is working on a new book about Donald Trump’s political rhetoric and demagoguery.

Dr. Patricia Roberts-Miller is a professor of rhetoric at the University of Texas at Austin and has published four books. She is an internationally recognized expert on rhetoric, hate speech and, authoritarianism, and recently published a book about demagoguery, Demagoguery and Democracy (The Experiment, 2017).

Dr. Ryan Skinnell is an assistant professor of rhetoric and writing at San José State University. He is the author of Conceding Composition: A Crooked History of Composition’s Institutional Fortunes (Utah State University Press, 2016) and an editor or co-editor of four additional books.

Dr. Michael J. Steudeman is assistant professor of rhetoric at Penn State University. His scholarship examines how presidential candidates present their identities during presidential campaigns. His work has been published in academic journals including Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Communication Quarterly, and The Quarterly Journal of Speech.

Dr. Jennifer Wingard is an associate professor of rhetoric, composition, and pedagogy at the University of Houston. She is the author of Branded Bodies, Rhetoric, and the Neoliberal Nation-State (Lexington Books, 2013) and has been interviewed as an expert on Trump’s rhetoric for stories published in USA Today, the Washington Post, ProPublica, Pacific Standard, and other outlets.

Dr. Anna M. Young is an associate professor and chair of communication and theater at Pacific Lutheran University. She is the author of Prophets, Gurus, and Pundits: Rhetorical Styles and Public Engagement (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014) and editor of Teacher, Scholar, Mother: Re-Envisioning Motherhood in the Academy (Lexington Books, 2015).