Donovan Bisbee is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on how legal arguments develop and circulate in public life. Although legal discourse is often characterized by a technical vocabulary, arguments about rights, justice, and the bounds of state power inflect public discourse and address audiences far beyond courtroom doors. His dissertation examines how presidents have redefined the nation and its Constitution through rhetorical conflict with the judiciary in times of national crisis. It explores the presidency as a historical, political, and communicative institution and excavates the arguments with which powerful presidents have remade their office, the judiciary, and the nation.
He has published scholarly work in Rhetoric & Public Affairs and is developing an article manuscript on Andrew Jackson's veto messages.
- Rhetoric and Public Discourse
- Communication and Culture
- M.A. University of Illinois, 2014
- B.A. Wabash College, 2012
Distinctions / Awards
- 2019 Ruth S. and Charles H. Bowman Award, Department of Communication
- 2018-2019 Nina Baym Dissertation Completion Fellowship
- 2018 Jesse Delia Outstanding Article Award, Department of Communication
- 2014 James L. Golden Outstanding Student Essay in Rhetoric Award, National Communication Association
- CMN 396: Communication and Law in Everyday LIfe
- CMN 340: Visual Politics
- CMN 211: Business Communication
- CMN 111/112: Oral and Written Communication I and II
- CMN 101: Public Speaking