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Robert E. Denton, Jr.

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B.A. Wake Forest University
M.A. Wake Forest University
Ph.D. Purdue University


Professor Denton's area of scholarship is political communication to include media and politics, political campaigns, and presidential discourse.  He is the author, co-author, or editor of 23 books, one in its seventh, fifth, third editions and two in sixth editions.  The most recent project includes an edited volume on THE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN:  A COMMUNICATION PERSPECTIVE.  Denton has written numerous scholarly articles, book chapters, and presented over eighty convention and professional papers.  


THE GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENCY:  A RHETORICAL PERSPECTIVE, Robert E. Denton, Jr., Editor.  Landham, MD:  Lexington Books, 2012.

POLITICAL CAMPAIGN COMMUNICATION: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES, 7th Edition, by Juddith Trent, Robert Friedenberg, and Robert E. Denton,Jr.  Landham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield, 2011.

STUDIES OF IDENTITY IN THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, Robert E. Denton, Jr., Editor.  Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books, 2010.

COMMUNICATOR-IN-CHIEF:  HOW BARACK OBAMA USED NEW TECHNOLOGY TO WIN THE WHITE HOUSE, John Allen Hendricks and Robert E. Denton, Jr., Editors.  Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books, 2010.  Awarded the 2011 Distinguished Book Award, Applied Communication Division, National Communication Association.  

THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN:  A COMMUNICATION PERSPECTIVE, Robert E. Denton, Jr., Editor.  Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield, 2009.

Additional Information

Teaching Interests:

Political Communication
Political Campaigns
Media & Politics
Presidential Discourse

    Robert E. Denton, Jr.

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