Research Activities

The Department of Communication is pleased to spotlight the research programs of our faculty.

Dr. Katherine L. Adams

Professor of Communication
Ph.D., University of Utah

Recent publications:

Adams, K., & Galanes, G.  (2009).  Communicating in groups: Applications and skills (7th ed.).  New York: McGraw Hill.

Galanes, G., and Adams, K. (2007).  Effective group discussion: Theory and practice (12th ed.).  New York: McGraw Hill.

Adams, K.  (2004).  Of all things, Communication is the most wonderful.  Western Journal of Communication, 67 (4), 449-452.

Adams, K.  (2001, October).  Critical incidents questionnaire: A critical reflective teaching tool.  Exchanges: The On-Line Journal on Teaching and Learning in the CSU

Dr. Kevin J. Macy-Ayotte

Professor of Communication
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Recent publications:

Ayotte, K. J., & Moore, S. D. (in press). Terrorism, language, and community dialogue. In D. O'Hair, R. Heath, K. J. Ayotte, & G. Ledlow (Eds.), Terrorism: Communication and rhetorical perspectives. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
Ayotte, K. J., & Husain, M. E. (in press). Securing Afghan women: Neocolonialism, epistemic violence, and the rhetoric of the veil. National Women’s Studies Association Journal,17.

Ayotte K., Poulakos, J., & Whitson, S. 2002. Mistaking Nietzsche: Rhetoric and the epistemic pest. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 88, 121-127.

Ayotte, K. J. (2002). The art of war: Aristotle on rhetoric and fear. In K. Boudouris & T. Poulakos (Eds.), Studies in Greek Philosophy: Vol. 2, no. 40. The Philosophy of Communication (pp. 45-57). Athens, GR: Ionia Publications.

Mitchell, G. R., Ayotte, K. J.,& Helwich, D. C. (2001, July). Missile defence: Trans-Atlantic diplomacy at a crossroads (International Security Information Service-UK Briefing Series on Ballistic Missile Defence No. 6). Available at

Ayotte, K. J. (2001). Rhetoric and the possibility of truth: Platonic epistemology in the Phaedrus and the Symposium. In K. Boudouris (Ed.), Studies in Greek Philosophy: Vol. 1, no. 36. Greek Philosophy and Epistemology (pp. 29-41). Athens, GR: Ionia Publications.
Ayotte, K. J. (2000). Constructions of violence: Labor, capital, and hegemonic struggle in the Pullman strike of 1894. In Carol A. Stabile (Ed.), Turning the century: Essays in media and cultural studies (pp. 217-234). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Ayotte, K. J. (2000). Aesthetic Rhetoric in Plato’s Phaedrus. In K. Boudouris (Ed.), Studies in Greek Philosophy:Greek Philosophy and the Fine Arts :Vol. 2, no. 34 (pp. 11-21). Athens, GR: Ionia Publications, 2000.

Ayotte, K. J. (2000). Critical erasure: Deconstructing the rhetoric of feminist international relations theory. International Journal of Forensics, 2, 169-176.

Dr. Diane Blair

Professor of Communication
Ph.D., University of Maryland

Recent publications:

Blair, D. (in press). We go ahead together or we go down together: The civil rights rhetoric of Eleanor Roosevelt. In Aune, J. (Ed.). Civil rights rhetoric and the American presidency. College Station: Texas A&M University.

Blair, D., & Parry-Giles, S. (2004). Rosalynn Carter: Crafting a presidential partnership. In M. Wertheimer (Ed.), Inventing a voice: The rhetoric of American First Ladies of the twentieth century. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Blair, D. (2004). Review of FDR’s body politics: The rhetoric of disability, by Davis W. Houck and Amos Kiewe. Argumentation and Advocacy, 40 (4), 292-294.

Blair, D. (2003). Review of FDR and Fear Itself: The First Inaugural Address by Davis W. Houck. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 89 (4), 376-377.

Parry-Giles, S., & Blair, D. (2002). The rise of the rhetorical first lady: Politics, gender ideology, and women’s voice, 1789-2002. Rhetoric and Public Affairs, 5, 565-600.

Blair, D. (2001). No ordinary time: Eleanor Roosevelt’s address to the 1940 Democratic National Convention. Rhetoric and Public Affairs, 4 (2), 203-222 .

Blair, D., Gring-Pemble, L., & Watson, M. (2001). Speeches. In Beasley, M., Beasley, G., Shulman, H. (Eds.). The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Greenwood.

Gring-Pemble, L., & Blair, D. (2000). Best-selling feminisms: The rhetorical production of popular press feminists’ “romantic quest.” Communication Quarterly, 48, 360-379.

Dr. Douglas Fraleigh

Professor of Communication
J.D., University of California, Berkeley

Recent publications:

Fraleigh, D. & Tuman, J. (2009). Speak Up: An Illustrated Guide to Public Speaking. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.

Fraleigh, D. (2005). First Amendment Challenges to Content-Based Restrictions on Internet Expression: The Importance of the Standard of Review. In S. Drucker & G. Gumpert (Eds.), Real Law@ Virtual Space: Regulation in Cyberspace (2nd ed.) (pp. 65-80). Cresskill, N.J.: Hampton Press.

Fraleigh, D. (2004). Freedom of Speech in Occupied Nations: What Should Be the Obligations of an Occupying Power? Free Speech Yearbook 41, 97-112.

Fraleigh, D. (2004). Review of The Free Speech Movement: Reflections on Berkeley in the 1960s by R. Cohen & R. Zelnik (Eds.). Free Speech Yearbook, 41, 189-92.

Fraleigh, D. (2003). ACLU v. Reno. In R. Parker (Ed.), Free Speech On Trial: Communication Perspectives on Landmark Supreme Court Decisions (pp. 298-312). University of Alabama Press.

Tuman, J. & Fraleigh, D. (2003). The St. Martin’s Guide to Public Speaking. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.