Medhurst, Martin J. 1952-

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MEDHURST, Martin J. 1952-

PERSONAL: Born October 15, 1952, in Alton, IL; son of Maurice A. (a company president) and Wilma L. Medhurst; married Margaret M. Gentzel, August 11, 1979 (divorced, 1988); married Laurel A. Canglose, October 31, 1989; children: Monica, James Snedden, Julia Marie. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Wheaton College, B.A., 1974; Northern Illinois University, M.A., 1975; Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D., 1980. Politics: Republican. Religion: Roman Catholic.

ADDRESSES: Home—4719 Hunington, Bryan, TX 77802. office—c/o Department of Speech Communication, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843; fax: 979-845-6594. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER: University of California—Davis, Davis, CA, assistant professor, 1979-85, associate professor of rhetoric, 1985-88; Texas A & M University, College Station, TX, associate professor, 1988-91, professor of speech communication, 1991—, coordinator of Program in Presidential Rhetoric at Center for Presidential Studies, George Bush School of Government and Public Service, 1993-2003, associate department head, 1991-98, Naomi Lewis faculty fellow in liberal arts, 1993, 1994. M. J. Medhurst and Associates, president and chief executive officer, 1985-87. Lecturer at colleges and universities, including Indiana University—Bloomington, Purdue University, Kansas State University, Emerson College, Pennsylvania State University, Calvin College, University of Nevada—Las Vegas, and California State University—Chico; guest on television and radio programs.

MEMBER: International Society for the History of Rhetoric, National Communication Association, Religious Communication Association, Rhetoric Society of America, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Center for the Study of the Presidency, Council of Editors of Learned Journals, Western States Communication Association, Southern States Communication Association.

AWARDS, HONORS: National Communication Association, Anniversary Prize Fund Award, 1982, for "Political Cartoons As Rhetorical Form: A Taxonomy of Graphic Discourse," and Marie Hochmuch Nichols Award, 1995 and 1997; publication award, Religious Communication Association, 1983, for "From Duche to Provoost: The Birth of Inaugural Prayer"; Moody grant, Lyndon Baines Johnson Research Foundation, 1984; grants from Texas Committee for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities, 1995, and George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, 1999.

WRITINGS:

(Editor, with Thomas W. Benson, and contributor) Rhetorical Dimensions in Media: A Critical Casebook, Kendall/Hunt (Dubuque, IA), 1984, 2nd edition, 1991.

(Editor, with Alberto Gonzalez and Tarla Rai Peterson, and contributor) Communication and the Culture of Technology, Washington State University Press (Pullman, WA), 1990.

(With Robert L. Ivie, Philip Wander, and Robert L. Scott) Cold War Rhetoric: Strategy, Metaphor, and Ideology, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1990, revised edition, Michigan State University Press (East Lansing, MI), 1997.

(Editor and contributor) Landmark Essays on American Public Address, Hermagoras Press (Davis, CA), 1993.

Dwight D. Eisenhower: Strategic Communicator, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1993.

(Editor and contributor) Eisenhower's War of Words: Rhetoric and Leadership, Michigan State University Press (East Lansing, MI), 1994.

(Editor and contributor) Beyond the Rhetorical Presidency, Texas A & M University Press (College Station, TX), 1996.

(Editor, with H. W. Brands) Critical Reflections on the Cold War: Linking Rhetoric and History, Texas A & M University Press (College Station, TX), 2000.

(Editor, with Kurt Ritter) Presidential Speechwriting: From the New Deal to the Reagan Revolution and Beyond, Texas A & M University Press (College Station, TX), 2003.

(Editor, with Martin Carcasson, Wynton C. Hall, and B. Wayne Howell) Presidential Rhetoric: An Annotated Bibliography, Texas A & M University Press (College Station, TX), in press.

Contributor to books, including Television Studies: Textual Analysis, edited by Gary Burns and Robert J. Thompson, Praeger (New York, NY), 1989; The Modern Presidency and Crisis Rhetoric, edited by Amos Kiewe, Praeger (New York, NY), 1993; U.S. Presidents As Orators: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook, edited by Halford R. Ryan, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1995; and Rhetoric and Community: Unity and Fragmentation, edited by J. Michael Hogan, University of South Carolina Press (Columbia, SC), 1998. Founding editor and senior editor of "Rhetoric and Public Affairs Series," Michigan State University Press (East Lansing, MI), 1993—; series editor, "Presidential Rhetoric Series," Texas A & M University Press (College Station, TX), 1996—, and "A Rhetorical History of the United States: Significant Moments in American Public Discourse," Michigan State University Press (East Lansing, MI), 2003—. Contributor of more than forty articles and reviews to academic journals, including Communication Studies and Armed Forces and Society. Quarterly Journal of Speech, book review editor, 1987-89, associate editor, 1990-92; founding editor, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, 1998—; associate editor, Western Journal of Speech Communication, 1982-86, and Communication Monographs, 1990-92; guest editor, Communication Education, 1989; member of editorial board, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, 1993-97, and Presidential Studies Quarterly, 2002—.

WORK IN PROGRESS: The Eisenhower Persuasions: Rhetoric, Politics, and Leadership; Ghost: A History and Criticism of Presidential Speechwriting, with Thomas W. Benson; Eisenhower and the Atoms for Peace Campaign, 1953-1961.

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