Ryan Michael Neville-Shepard

Ryan Michael Neville-Shepard

Assistant Professor of Communication

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-3046

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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 298V: Argumentation and Advocacy

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., & Nolan, J. (in press). ‘She doesn’t have the stamina’: Hillary Clinton and the hysteria diagnosis in the 2016 presidential election. Women’s Studies in Communication. Article scheduled for early 2019 issue.

Neville-Shepard, R. (2019). Containing the third-party voter in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Journal of Communication Inquiry. Online first at https://doi.org/10.1177/0196859918824620

Neville-Shepard, R. (2019). Genre-busting: Campaign speech genres and the rhetoric of outsider candidates. In Stuckey, E., and Heidt, S. (Eds.), Reading the Presidency: Advances in Presidential Rhetoric. New York: Peter Lang.

Neville-Shepard, R. (2018). Containment rhetoric and the redefinition of third-parties in the equal time debates of 1959. Communication Quarterly, 66, 522-540. doi: 10.1080/01463373.2018.1458041

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. (2018). Digital conspiracy argument and the recovery of nonverbal communication as signs of complicity. In R. Lake (Ed.), Recovering Argument (pp. 258-263). New York, NY: Routledge.

Neville-Shepard, R., & Neville-Shepard, M. (2018). “The Greatest Country on Earth”: The evolution of Michelle Obama’s American Dream. In Warner, B., 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. (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 Communication80, 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 Advocacy51, 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 Journal79, 130-146. doi: 10.1080/1041794X.2013.866157 

Neville-Shepard, R. (2014). Triumph in defeat: The genre of third party presidential concessions. Communication Quarterly62, 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 Quarterly62, 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