PhD, Rhetoric & Politics, Georgia State University, 2014
Areas of Expertise:Rhetorical Criticism & Theory, Argumentation, Public Address, Rhetoric of War and Peace
Stephen Heidt’s research and teaching interests include contemporary rhetorical theory, the analysis of American and international public address, and the role of political rhetoric in international affairs. His dissertation, “The Mobile Savage: Presidential Peace Discourse and the Perpetuation of War,” identifies and explains the rhetorical strategies presidents engage at the end of war to remedy the problem created by the production and circulation of savage depictions of the enemy. By analyzing presidential rhetoric at the conclusion of war, his research demonstrates how presidential discourse facilitates the closure of war, while also rearticulating the terminology that makes war a continuous possibility.
More generally, he is interested in the constitutive dynamics of the circulation of presidential rhetoric, the rhetorical dimensions of U.S. foreign policy, and rhetorics of war and peace, with special interest in the Cold War and post-Cold War eras.
He teaches courses in rhetorical theory, criticism, public address, and argumentation.
Stephen J. Heidt, “Presidential Rhetoric, Metaphor, and the Emergence of the Democracy Promotion Industry,” The Southern Communication Journal 78:3 (Summer 2013), 233-255.
Stephen J. Heidt, “The Presidency as Pastiche: Atomization, Circulation, and Rhetorical Instability,” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 15:4 (Winter 2012), 623-633.
Stephen J. Heidt, “Drugs, Borders, and the Merida Initiative: Analogy and Policymaking,” in Robert C. Rowland (ed), Reasoned Argument and Social Change (Washington, DC: National Communication Association, 2011).