Ryan Neville-Shepard joined the faculty in 2016, after serving as an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus. He earned his PhD in Communication Studies, with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Political Communication, from the University of Kansas.
Dr. Neville-Shepard's research focuses on modern political rhetoric, with a special emphasis in presidential rhetoric. His recent work has examined third party presidential campaign discourse, political conspiracy theories, gender bias and female candidates, and political scandals.
COMM 3353: Argumentation
COMM 3983: Conspiracy Rhetoric
COMM 4113: Legal Communication
COMM/PLSC 4373: Political Communication
COMM 4383: Rhetoric of the Modern American Presidency
COMM 5183: Interpretive Methods
PhD, University of Kansas (Communication Studies)
MA, University of Kansas (Communication Studies)
BA, Bates College (Rhetoric & Political Science)
Recent publications include:
Neville-Shepard, R., & Neville-Shepard, M. (2018). “The Greatest Country on Earth”: The evolution of Michelle Obama’s American Dream. In Warner, E., Bystrom, D. G., McKinney, M. S., & Banwart, M. C. (Eds.), An unprecedented election: Media, communication, and the electorate in the 2016 campaign (pp. 206-222). Westport, CT: Praeger.
Neville-Shepard, R. (2018). Paranoid style and subtextual form in modern conspiracy rhetoric. Southern Communication Journal, 82, 119-132. doi: 10.1080/1041794X.2017.1423106
Neville-Shepard, R. (2018). Rand Paul at Howard University and the rhetoric of the new Southern Strategy. Western Journal of Communication, 82, 20-39. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2017.1320809
Neville-Shepard, R. (2017). Constrained by duality: Third-party master narratives in the 2016 presidential election. American Behavioral Scientist, 61, 414-427. doi: 10.1177/0002764217709042
Neville-Shepard, R. (2016). Unconventional: The variant of third party nomination acceptance addresses. Western Journal of Communication, 80, 121-139. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2015.1128560
Chirindo, K. & Neville-Shepard, R. (2015). Obama’s “New Beginning”: US foreign policy and comic exceptionalism. Argumentation and Advocacy, 51, 215-230.
Neville-Shepard, R. (2014). Disturbing democracy: Argumentative framing and the third party bind in the 2012 presidential election. In C. Palczewski (Ed.), Disturbing argument: Selected works from the 18th NCA/AFA Alta Conference on Argumentation (pp. 213-218). New York, NY: Routledge.
Neville-Shepard, R. (2014). Presidential campaign announcements: A third party variant. Southern Communication Journal, 79, 130-146. doi: 10.1080/1041794X.2013.866157
Neville-Shepard, R. (2014). Triumph in defeat: The genre of third party presidential concessions. Communication Quarterly, 62, 214-232. doi: 10.1080/01463373.2014.890119
Warner, B. R., & Neville-Shepard, R. M. (2014). Echoes of a conspiracy: Birthers, Truthers, and the cultivation of extremism. Communication Quarterly, 62, 1-17. doi: 10.1080/01463373.2013.822407
Neville-Shepard, R., & Theye, K. (2013). Writing a candidacy: Campaign memoirs and the 2012 Republican primary. American Behavioral Scientist, 57, 1704-1715. doi: 10.1177/0002764213490696