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Amos Kiewe

Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Amos Kiewe is the former chair of the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies (2001-2007, 2010-2013) and former assistant and associate dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (1998-2001, 2001-2004). He is a visiting professor at York St. John University, United Kingdom, presenting research and lecturing during spring breaks, 2015-2018.

Kiewe's areas of research are in rhetorical theory and criticism, political communication, presidential studies, argumentation, and persuasion. Most recently he began teaching and researching with students unsolved Civil Rights murders.

Kiewe has published in such journals as Communication Studies, Legal Studies Forum, Journal of American Culture, Argumentation and Advocacy, and Southern Communication Journal. He is the author of several books, including FDR’s First Fireside Chat: Public Confidence and the Banking Crisis (Texas A&M Press, 2007), co-authored FDR’s Body Politics: The Rhetoric of Disability (Texas A&M Press, 2003), A Shining City on a Hill: Ronald Reagan's Economic Rhetoric, 1951-1989 (Praeger, 1991), co-edited Actor, Ideologue, Politician: The Public Speeches of Ronald Reagan (Greenwood, 1992), and edited The Modern Presidency and Crisis Rhetoric (Praeger, 1994).

View a full list of his published work, some of which is available for download, at

Amos Kiewe's Curriculum Vitae [PDF 331KB]

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

1998College Faculty Award, Syracuse University