Associate Professor of Rhetoric
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Degrees: PHD, 2002, Univ Oklahoma; MA, 1996, Northrn Illinois Univ; BA, 1994, Northrn Illinois Univ
Field of Study: Political Communication
Research Interests: Political participation, media, and the public sphere.
Philip Dalton, Associate Professor, Department of Rhetoric (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma), teaches courses in political communication, argumentation, intercultural communication and research methods. His research focuses on public participation and public discourse. His most recent book Coarseness in American Public Communication (Farleigh Dickinson University Press, co-authored with Dr. Eric Kramer of the University of Oklahoma), an argument about the causes and effects of coarse public communication, was published in September 2012. His textbook titled Public Policy Argumentation and Debate: A Practical Guide (Peter Lang Publishing, co-authored with Dr. John Butler) is a scheduled to be published in 2013. Recent peer reviewed articles include Third-Party "Hatchet" Ads: An Exploratory Content Study Comparing Third-Party and Candidate Spots from the 2004 Presidential Election (2011, Atlantic Journal of Communication, co-authored with Dr. Charlton McIlwain of NYU) and Getting Clipped: Denial and Masculinity Politics in the 2002 US Senate Race in Montana (2010, Western Journal of Communication, co-authored with Dr. John Butler). Both examine political advertising in our contemporary democracy. Other publications include his books Communication, Comparative Cultures, and Civilizations (Hampton Press, 2008) and Swing Voting: Understanding Late-Deciders in Late-Modernity (Hampton Press, 2005).