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Michael A. Phillips-Anderson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Plangere Center 212

Michael A. Phillips-Anderson, Ph.D.


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.

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.

“Working the Room.” Lapham’s Quarterly 5, no. 4 (2012): 179-186.


External Affiliations & Community Engagement

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


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. .


Frequently Taught Classes

  • Co-Curricular Practicum in CommWorks (CO 266)
  • Communication Theories for Professional Life (CO 501)
  • Critical Discourse (HU 201)
  • Fictional Politics in Literature, Film, and Television (PR 468)
  • First Year Seminar (FY 101)
  • Political Communication (CO 425, PS 425)
  • Presentational Communication: Design and Delivery (CO 508)
  • Public Speaking (CO 220)
  • Rhetoric and Persuasion (CO 233)