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Michael Phillips-Anderson, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor

Department: Communication

Office: Plangere Center 212

Phone: 732-263-5357

Email: mphillip@monmouth.edu


Education

Ph.D. , University of Maryland

M.A., St. John’s College

B.A., George Mason University

Research Interests

Dr. Phillips-Anderson is concerned with the role of public discourse in the creation of active citizenship. His teaching and writing examine historical and contemporary public address, new media and political rhetoric, and the strategic use of humor. He is working on a translation and commentary on the work of rhetorical theorist Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca and an analysis of the satirical presidential campaign of comedian Gracie Allen.

Scholarly Articles

Phillips-Anderson, Michael, and Rachel Phillips-Anderson. “Writing a Love Letter to Your (Perceived) Enemy: Thích Nhất Hạnh and the Rhetoric of Nonviolence.” ESSACHESS – Journal for Communication Studies 10, no. 1 (2017): 73-90. http://www.essachess.com/index.php/jcs/article/view/366

Phillips-Anderson, Michael. “Missing the Joke: Interviews with Presidential Candidates on The Daily Show.” Texas Speech Communication Journal 38, no. 1 (2014): 46-61.

Harris, Mary, and Michael Phillips-Anderson. “Social Media, Lobbying, and Political Influence.” In Dirty Deals: Encyclopedia of Lobbying, Political Influence and Corruption, edited by Amy Handlin, 64-88. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014.

Phillips-Anderson, Michael and Marina Vujnović. “Watchdogs and Fact Checkers: Contemporary Journalism and Political Influence.” In Dirty Deals: Encyclopedia of Lobbying, Political Influence and Corruption, edited by Amy Handlin, 229-246. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014.

“Sojourner Truth, ‘Address at the Woman’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio,’ (29 May 1851).” Voices of Democracy 7(2012): 21-46. http://bit.ly/1R5KYCa

“Working the Room.” Lapham’s Quarterly 5, no. 4 (2012): 179-186. http://bit.ly/1LCACcG

Multimedia

Listen to Dr. Phillips-Anderson talk about his work:

NPR Graphic

Well-Liked Leaders Know The Secret: Make Us Laugh on NPR’s Talk of the Nation

Academic Minute Graphic

Presidents and Humor

External Affiliations & Community Engagement

Member of the Rhetoric Society of America, and the American Society for the History of Rhetoric

Awards

Creativity and Research Grant, Spring 2021.

Judith H. Stanley Traveling Fellowship for Improvement of Teaching in the Humanities, Monmouth University, Spring 2020.

Summer Faculty Fellowship, 2019. .

Courses

Recently Taught Classes

2024 Spring

  • Presentational Communication: Design and Delivery – CO 508
  • Rhetoric and Persuasion – CO 233

2023 Fall

  • Communication Theories for Professional Life – CO 501
  • Fictional Politics in Literature, Film, and Television – PR 468

2023 Spring

  • Presentational Communication: Design and Delivery – CO 508
  • Rhetoric and Persuasion – CO 233
  • Social Movements: Marches and Music – PR 430

2022 Fall

  • Communication Theories for Professional Life – CO 501
  • Fictional Politics in Literature, Film, and Television – PR 468

2022 Spring

  • Fictional Politics in Literature, Film, and Television – PR 468
  • Public Speaking – CO 220
  • Rhetoric and Persuasion – CO 233

2021 Fall

  • Communication Theories for Professional Life – CO 501
  • Fictional Politics in Literature, Film, and Television – PR 468
  • Public Speaking – CO 220

2021 Summer E

  • Presentational Communication: Design and Delivery – CO 508

2021 Spring

  • Critical Discourse – HU 201
  • Rhetoric and Persuasion – CO 233

Frequently Taught Classes

  • Communication Theories for Professional Life (CO 501)
  • Critical Discourse (HU 201)
  • Fictional Politics in Literature, Film, and Television (PR 468)
  • Political Communication (CO 425, PS 425)
  • Presentational Communication: Design and Delivery (CO 508)
  • Public Speaking (CO 220)
  • Rhetoric and Persuasion (CO 233)
  • Social Movements: Marches and Music (PR 430)