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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
Awards and Honors
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
Bisbee, Donovan. "Driving the Three-Horse Team of Government: Kairos in FDR’s Judiciary Fireside Chat." Rhetoric & Public Affairs, vol. 21, no. 3, 2018, p. 481-522.